6 Steps For Finding Your Purpose
Finding your purpose is a daunting task, especially for us Millennials. With more 30 Under 30 stars popping up in Silicon Valley and the search for meaningful work is on the rise, it’s no wonder job seekers are more motivated than ever to find meaningful work. We want to make a bang and now is our time to shine. But how?
Step 1: Write down your passions
This may seem like a no-brainer but some people don’t even take their passions into consideration when taking steps to find their purpose. Where there is passion there is a purpose, and vice versa. A good way to find this out is to ask yourself the following:
- What do you find yourself doing in your free time? Shopping? Cooking? Reading? Writing?
- Who do you admire and why? Oprah? Arianna Huffington? Mark Zuckerberg?
- What are your hobbies? Horseback riding? Running? Painting?
- What are you interested in but have never pursued? Engineering? Fashion design? Jewelry making?
Don’t get so hung up on finding just one passion. Nowadays it’s common to be multi-passionate. Hone in on your top 2-3 passions and go from there.
Step 2: List your strengths
If you don’t know your strengths now is a great time to learn. Mashable offers a list of personality tests that could help the process.
Otherwise, think back to your college days and what your professors complimented you on. I had one professor tell me I should minor in Women’s Studies because I had a unique point of view and strong writing ability. And here I am years later writing for a woman owned company about topics I’m passionate about. Who knew?
You can also jog your memory for compliments any employer has ever paid you. A good leader will recognize your strengths immediately and he/she will usually voice it to you. Drawing on your strengths to further your path to finding your purpose will set you up for success.
Listing your strengths is also a great way to prepare for an interview.
Step 3: Look at everyday problems you solve
Do your friends or coworkers come to you for help on a specific problem often? Whether it’s relationship advice, proof reading, or technical issues, the problems you solve every day are a good indication of what your purpose is.
I know a woman who went to school for psychology but ended up in real estate, yet people come to her seeking life advice on a daily basis. Not only did she major in her purpose but she’s able to apply that to a seemingly unrelated field.
Pay close attention and you will find your daily routine being anything but pointless.
Step 4: See what recurring themes occur in your life
Are you continuously nominated for creative projects at work? If so, maybe being a Creative Director is your calling. Do friends keep coming to you for fashion advice? A future in celebrity styling may become you.
Some people can recall at an early age being drawn to a particular interest like art, finance, or design. They’ll relive memories of sketching designs in their notepads or acing math exams. Now is the time to think about what theme shows up in your personal and professional life time and time again.
Step 5: Ask yourself, if money was not an issue, what would I be doing?
If you’ve ever had a business or life coach, then you’ve encountered this question. This could be the #1 question to use for finding your purpose.
If you got paid as much as you desired what would you do with your time? Would you draw, surf, shop, or start a marketing firm? Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and as long as your passion backs your decision, services, like we offer at 24 Seven, can help you get there.
Step 6: Identify what’s holding you back
What is stopping you from pursuing your passion? Are you afraid of failure, success, upsetting your parents? Don’t let fear hold you back from achieving greatness.
You have to take big risks to get big rewards and the first step is by finding your purpose. Release those blocks so you can do the meaningful work you were meant to do!
Do you need help finding your purpose? Tell us your ideal job in the comments or submit your CV to one of the jobs found on our homepage.