The best place to look for your higher purpose in life is within yourself. In fact you’ll find you’ve been doing things most of your life that are sub-consciously consistent with your purpose. With that in mind then ask yourself these questions:
- What do I do when I have the time to please myself? As we grow older it is often hard to recall times when we can please ourselves, in which case, think back to when you were a child and consider what you did when you were alone and not having to conform to someone-else’s expectations.
- What role do you gravitate towards in groups?
- What satisfies you about your life or the things you do?
- How do you like helping others?
- What is it about you that means you are able to do this? What is your unique skill, aptitude, attitude, etc.?
- What effect do you want to have in the world?
- What do you hate in the world that makes you feel like taking action to change it?
Combining the answers to this question will bring you closer to defining a purpose and being able to write a purpose statement that you can share with others.
To put it more succinctly, your purpose should involve you doing something you love to put right something you hate.