At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will ask ourselves, “What do I want to do with my life?” “What is my life’s purpose?” “What am I meant to do?”
I’ll tell you this right now: those are the wrong questions to ask yourself. They are the wrong questions to ask because they will just lead you in a circle of asking the same questions over and over again. In order to answer those questions, you need to ask the underlying questions, and more importantly you need to ask the right ones.
For a great number of people, the question of what one’s life purpose is, goes unanswered for an entire lifetime. Some people figure it out in their teens. Some people figure it out when they’re 80. It all really comes down to your life’s path and your personal journey. But I’m going to show you how to figure out your life’s purpose. I will show you what questions you should be asking yourself in order to answer this great question.
The first and most important question is this: What is the one thing you feel extremely qualified to teach other people?
Think about it. Ask yourself that question. What is the one thing I know I could easily teach other people? Maybe it’s teaching them how to do something. Maybe it’s simply imparting knowledge upon them. The definition of “teach” here could mean a number of things. But ask yourself that question, and then answer it.
Here is the second question: Why do you do it?
The “why” is important because it will determine how satisfying you will feel while doing this work (if you want to even call it work). This question technically has 2 parts, because the reason why you do it should actually be tied to “who” you’re doing it for. Your reason for doing it should give you a great deal of satisfaction and happiness. Usually the greatest satisfaction comes to you because whatever you’re doing should help others in some way, shape, or form.
Here is the third question: What do these people want?
The people that you’re helping…..what do they want to get out of it? Why would they want to come to you? What’s in it for them? Which leads us to our last question:
How are they benefiting from it?
You need to have a valid reason why people should want to come to you in the first place. You should have a solution for their needs or desires. You know something they don’t, or have something they want. This doesn’t mean it’s for selfish reasons. Whatever you’re teaching, it should be beneficial to the recipient. It should be gratifying and satisfying for you to teach and help this person, and the other person should feel a great deal of appreciation for you and for that which you have given him/her.
Here are some final takeaways:
If you didn’t easily answer these questions, don’t worry. For people, it just takes a little bit of time. Be patient. Whatever you figure out, it should be something you’re passionate about. Your heart should be in it. When you do figure it out, it will be quite obvious. It will be that “a ha!” moment. Most of all, never give up. Once you realize your purpose, start working towards that. Don’t let anything get in your way, because the only thing that can really stop you from achieving it is yourself and your own excuses.
I’ll tell you this: what you get in life is the outcome of your idea about it.