Discover Your Purpose
Your purpose isn’t something you chase. It’s something that’s already inside you, and that’s why it’s so vital to both know and love yourself.
But this also means a difficult truth for some: your purpose also is not a job title. So many of us identify with our jobs to the point where we have trouble separating our true selves from our employment.
So what happens when you lose that job? Poof. There goes your purpose.
But when your life’s goals stem from who you are inside, you can carry your purpose with you through any of life’s circumstances.
To help you find your purpose, first take stock of your natural talents. Finding out what you are great at can help you find your place in the world.
Next, figure out what brings you joy. Or, as Chubb writes, ask yourself: “What makes me feel alive?” Is it being creative? Helping others? Figure out what works for you and turn it into a concrete goal, such as “Write three blog posts a week,” or “Begin psychology graduate program.”
Break this goal up into small, actionable steps and dedicate time to them. Believe in yourself—your purpose is within you, and even if you aren’t able to attain this particular goal, take that purpose and apply it in a different way. There are many ways to be creative, for instance. There are many ways to help people.
You’ll find your way. Believe that you can, and you will.