Life purpose is what really makes life worth living. Without life purpose you become adrift throughout your life and everything you do feels meaningless. However, finding your life purpose is often a process that involves maturity and experience.
After all, growing up is more than just becoming an adult.
Even though you can biologically grow, you become a complete human when you become conscious of yourself and what exactly you want to do with your life. A lot of people feel that that this stage of growth comes automatically but you may need a little inspiration time and again to find your true purpose.
The purpose of life is not to be happy, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Mental Stages Of Development – The Scientific Breakthrough
For quite some time scientists viewed growth from a physical point of view.
Right from the time a child is born, he or she develops physically and his or her mind expands with age.
As the child matures into a teen, and later graduates to an adult, his or her mind also expands concurrently with these physical changes.
However, it was assumed that once a child achieves adulthood, there was no more room for growth, not in the mind and not in the physical.
But things changed when it was discovered that it is possible for an adult to grow new brain cells.
This simply blew the roof of the notion that growth stopped automatically when people became adults.
Spiritually transforming yourself as an adult and finding a purpose in your life are two of the most crucial parts of self development at the adult stage.
Four Keys towards Finding Life Purpose:
Finding an all important purpose in life can be a challenge sometimes and here are four important points to note just to be on the right track:
1. Take Care Of Your Survival Needs
Life is nothing but a day to day struggle for survival. You are always thinking about paying the bills, feeding your family and such daily struggles.
In the midst of all that getting to see the bigger world and contribute to it can be quite difficult.
It is important to relax your mind, and take charge of all your responsibilities and deal with them as effectively as you can.
Do not let the struggles of daily life define your destiny or limit your ability to dream big.
Always look at challenges as opportunities to grow stronger and learn and you will realize positive outcomes in your life. Embracing a challenge as an opportunity and not more as a threat is the first step towards overcoming it effectively.
In the day to day struggle for survival, take care of yourself and always make sure that every challenge that comes your way is an opportunity to grow stronger and to become more knowledgeable.
2. Explore Your Talents, Interests And Unique Gifts
Our life purpose is in most cases in built within us, it’s just a question of finding ourselves. In other words, what you excel in and enjoy doing is exactly what you are here to do on this earth.
Always follow your interest. Doing things that make you happy ensures you do them well. Whether its music, art, construction or any other interest you have, make sure to follow it with a passion. Additionally, set bigger goals and extend your perceived limits. Its only when you dream big that you can do big things.
3. No One Is Perfect
When finding life purpose there is no such thing as being perfect. It’s not really possible to get it right because the future is only for everyone to see. You can never be everything to everyone; at times you need to specialize on one thing at a time and progress steadily over time. Finding life purpose is not about conforming to expectations about you, or to find a fitting place in society. It’s about finding your true talents and interests each step at a time.
4. Don’t Be Afraid Of Failure
Life is meant to be lived. Do not be afraid to live. Always remember that no matter who you are or what you do, mistakes are always inevitable.
You can never be afraid to take advantage of opportunities of living your life because of the glaring reality of failure. Although failure can be confounding, look at it as an opportunity to learn something and to grow stronger in the future.
Embracing failure as part of the path to success trains you to have a reflex response to get up and try again every time you fall. Crafting a purposeful and fulfilling life can sometimes involve taking risks or taking a path not taken by others before you, but then again, it is when you explore the unknown that you become more aware of your true strengths and your ability to overcome any limitations you set for yourself.
Living a fully purposeful and fulfilling life is part and parcel of growth and development for many people.
Once you become a young adult and start meeting your lower needs such as a sense of belonging, security and safety, you can now shift and start to focus on higher needs including self transcending and of course self actualization.
Living a purposeful life is about becoming more conscious and aware of the world around you in a deeper way.
The context in which you live your life becomes broader and you see the big picture of the world and how you fit in. Finding your purpose is a journey that will be filled with mistakes, but you don’t need to be perfect. It’s better to strive for excellence than perfection. And there is more, your talents and interests are important.
Do not abandon what you love doing, develop your skills and become the best you can be in areas that interest you and most importantly, always follow your heart.
You can never satisfy people’s expectations and even when you do, they will always hold you to a higher standard than they used to before.
Do not be afraid to follow your heart even if its against the normal way of doing things or the expectations of others towards you.