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The 3 Step Formula To Discovering Your Purpose

The 3 Step Formula To Unleashing Your Life Purpose:

Let’s face it, trying to figure out what to do with our lives isn’t always easy.

Some people tap into it early and live a long life of meaning and purpose. Others spend their entire life without figuring it out.

Heck, it took me three decades to really get clear on my purpose.

That’s why today I want to walk you through a step by step process, to help you dig deep and unearth your life purpose, or as the French call it, your raison d’être.

By the end, you should have a pretty solid road map that you can use, to help give your life a meaningful push in the right direction!

The 3 step process

  1. Choice
  2. Defining your “manifesto”
  3. Using your “manifesto” as a compass

Choices are the greatest super power you have. 

“We must all make the choice
between what is right and
what is easy.”

Professor Dumbledore

There are a lot of great things about being alive. One of the best is that you have choices. 

You can choose your words and actions, and you can choose your thoughts. You can choose to be happy, or you can choose to be angry. You can choose to look for the good in every situation, or you can choose to be negative. 

You have the power to choose what you think about most of the time.

We are hardwired to make choices, even when we don’t want to, even when we’re not aware of it. Choice is so powerful that it can even override our biology. 

So by making a choice you are signaling your deepest desires to your subconscious mind. 

Once the subconscious mind gets a hold of your desires, it is going to do everything in its power to manifest them into your life. 

The choices you make in your life become your goal, your mission. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.

The Dilemma Of Indecision

Indecision is a thief. It robs you of time, energy, and opportunities. It’s the leading cause of stress and anxiety in the world. 

Not only can it keep you from reaching your goals, but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you really want. 

This is why it is important that the choices you make are made by you, and are inline with your true desires, purpose and values.

A lot of us have let others make choices for us in the past, or we make our choices according to what we think is ‘right, even if that means going against our values. 

What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is listening to what your heart says.

So, to get things started, we’re going to make a list of things that interest you; things you have always enjoyed, things that make you feel better, and inspire you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles come your way. 

Do you like doing creative things like taking pictures, making music, making video’s painting, or dancing? 

Maybe you enjoy doing things in nature, like bird watching, gardening, surfing, star gazing, raising animals? 

How about helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s lives, in helping them make decisions, visiting the elderly, Tarot card reading, spirituality?

It’s ok if you like multiple things. 

As humans are not one dimensional creatures and the things we like will vary and cross over into different groups. That’s what makes us unique. 

We can take those things and find a way to piece them together and create something that is truly us.

Whatever it is that interests you, take as long as you need, write them down and answer these questions:

  • What things do you love to do?
  • What interests you about these things  and why?
  • How could you do this for money, and make a living out of it?

Creating your  purpose driven Manifesto

Now that you have your list, take a look at it and single out any recurring themes that may come up. 

Maybe it’s inventing things, or coming up with ways to make daily activities easier, perhaps it’s educating people on financial intelligence, or making beautiful works of art, maybe it’s helping the aging generation cope with old age, or maybe it’s simply to be happy. 

Whatever it is,  find a way to identify the central theme of the things you love to do, and put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’, your “Purpose Manifesto”. 

It could even be a quote by a person you look up to, or a way of thinking that has influenced you. 

Keep in mind, you can’t copy someone else’s purpose and expect to be happy.  Whatever you choose needs to ring true to you.

Of course, as you move through life, this statement can evolve, but its core will remain the same. 

Now, write down your Manifesto.

As an example, here's my purpose Manifesto.

My purpose is to live a long life of fulfillment.

That means that if I set out to do something, I make it happen. It means that when I weigh my decisions, I aim for things that will give me a sense of accomplishment. 

If I get a feeling that what I’m setting out to do won’t check those boxes, I won’t do it.

 Here’s the thing:

Everything that I do revolves around my purpose in life. But there are other moving parts that fit into my life’s manifesto, such as:

  • Helping others better understand themselves.
  • Providing the opportunity for the people I care about  to see more of the world.
  • Expanding my abilities intellectually and physically.
  • Spending time with my wife and child. 
 

The reason these things are so important to me is because they tie into my main purpose, and that is to live a long  life of fulfillment. If you’re wondering, this is also how I figured out what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Aligning Your life With Your Manifesto

Every journey must reach its destination. And for you, this destination is just the beginning. 

With your manifesto in hand, use it to map a path to your next destination. Use it to implement changes in your daily activities that motivate you to live a life of meaningful purpose. 

By making these little changes in your lifestyle, you will find opportunities to live out your manifesto each and every day. 

It might take a few days to adjust, but now that you are aware and intentional, you will start to feel the difference in your contentment for life as a whole. 

If you’ve discovered through this experience that you have a deep appreciation for art, start seeking out opportunities to create art, or to visit places that allow you to be around it.

Maybe visit a local vernissage, or museum or plan a trip to one of the art capitals of the world.

If you’ve discovered that you enjoy helping those in need, you can  start looking for opportunities to volunteer in your community. 

On the other hand, you might want to change your job, or start a new business that is more in line with your mission.

So there you have it! By following along with the steps outlined above, you will be on your way to finding and living out your purpose. 

As you go through this process, remember, “Discovering your purpose is the most significant thing you will do in your life, and you, your loved ones, and the world will be better off because you went on this journey.” – Mastin Kipp, Claim Your Power

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