Writing to find your purpose is extremely important to know what you want. Knowing how to do it is not that important right now in the process.
The biggest problem in life is discovering what your true desires and passions are. It took me over 26 years to figure it out. I went through depression because I was living other people’s passions they never did for themselves. It was absolutely horrible and I am positive there are millions of people out there who are in that same position I was in.
Here’s a great exercise to help you narrow down your answers for life’s most difficult question,
What do you want to do with your life?”
You will need:
- Pen and Paper
- Place where there are no distractions
- 15-20 minutes of time
- Answer each question IN FULL
- Write down your thoughts no matter how ridiculous you believe them to be
- Keep your pen constantly moving
- Write down everything no matter how big, small or crazy the idea is
- Challenge yourself
There are seven (7) sections with numerous questions in each. Do yourself a favor and answer each question to the best of your ability.
Your emotions are vital for success. If you do not feel good about yourself or what you are doing, it will be difficult to have fun and enjoy what you are doing if you do not feel good.
- What type of feelings/emotions would you like to feel everyday?
- How would you like other people to describe your personality?
2) Material Things
This should never be your sole focus. They help us get excited and motivate us to work hard. Picture what material possessions you want and be very specific. Saying a “new car” will not suffice. Describe the make, model, color, style, interior, manual/automatic, how many doors, etc.
- What things would you like to have in your life?
3) Dreams and Fantasies
- What are you doing in your “perfect world”?
- Where will you travel and what will you do there?
- What lifestyle do you want to live and who is a part of it?
- Who would you like to meet?
The person that you are is the most important factor in determining the quality of life that you will lead.
- What kind of person do you want to be in two, five and ten years?
- How will you be treated by others and what will they say about you?
- What thoughts will you have about yourself?
- How will you dress?
- What does your body language look like?
- What do you really want to get out of your experience in school?
- What kind of friends do you want to have next semester?
- How will your relationships look like with your teachers?
- What would you love to learn?
- What sports or programs do you want to be involved in?
6) Money & Finance
Financially successful people make clear decisions about their spending, saving and earning habits.
- How much money would you like to save for your education?
- How much spending money would you like to have each week?
- What percentage of each paycheck will you put towards your retirement?
- How do you want to invest your money?
- How much will you need to earn to support the lifestyle you want?
7) Contribution & Service
It is great know your life matters to other people. A very rewarding process is when you share your time, talents and resources to improve others lives. Volunteering for nonprofits will do wonders for your confidence.
- What do you see yourself contributing to your family, school, community and country?
- How can you use your talents and abilities to help others?
- Looking back at your answers for these three, what is most inspirational to you?