One of the key elements of a flourishing life is a since of purpose that allows us to find our passions, pursue important goals and ultimately live lives of authentic happiness . Most of us go about our lives without actively thinking about what purpose we are trying to accomplish. However, there are steps we can take to develop a more deliberate awareness of our goals and achieve lives of meaning.
Psalms 138: 8 says: The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord endures for ever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Be clear about your purpose and intentions: Who do you want to be? How do you want to live? What do you want to do? How are you going to do it?
Then explore the roads that lead to your goals and the obstacles that are in your way. Ofer, these obstacles will become opportunities for growth and change.
Purpose is about intention, having goals that help build the framework For your plans and fulfillment in life. If you want to eat more healthy, you’ll want to buy more fruits and vegetables. If you want to have a positive effect on the environment, learn more about the issues and join like minded people so you can get your cause out there.
Look At The Big Picture
Then fill in the details. From the time you are small, those around you- from your parents to the society you grew up in influence you, tell you what is important and how they expect you to live. While these influences can be helpful, it is important to find your own meaning and purposes. The easiest way is to look at the big picture and then work out the small details.
I recently met a man the came from a troubled childhood, he grew up in a single parent household. He mother worked to jobs to provide for him and his siblings. He has a very good job and wanted to do something to help in the community he thought paying back was just writing check. yes, money will always help but it’s not really about money, it about purpose. Helping people through your experiences, what you e been trough in life. Helping them learn through your life and what you had to go through to get where you are. There’s a plan to give back three categories, money, hands, and heart. You can give back with your money, hands and your heart. I personally like giving back with my hands and my heart. I have met some great people and experienced so many blessings in this way. And it can lead to the fulfillment of your purpose.
Look At Your Morals and Values
If you want to live with purpose, you need to understand and explore what you value most. If you value teaching children you can focus on that area. If you value creating beauty, you can focus on growing a beautiful garden or express yourself through music. If you value helping others, find a area which you can. My community has areas that help in drug and alcohol addiction, helping others with depression, suicide, church’s that help with yard work for the elderly, organizations the help Veteran’s in our area. If you want to help others you will have to find out what’s in your community.
Use Your Strengths To Build Up Your Weakness
Often we need the weaker parts of ourselves in order to accomplish what we desire. If you feel stuck in an unsatisfactory job because you are adverse to risk-taking, work on building up your courage. If you struggle with time management and don’t have time to add volunteer responsibilities you’re interested in, work on your organization skills and start small with just every other week. I volunteer at a thrift store that all it’s profit goes to helping people go to rehab for addictions. I can only work 3-4 hours a week. But if you don’t have much time. Every little thing helps.
Think About Your Legacy
Imagine what kind of legacy you would like to leave. Think about you past and what you are satisfied with and what you regret. What messages do you want to leave behind. Who you are and what is important to you. This will help shape your purpose and goals.