Finding Purpose

Purpose is something that is often talked about, but can be very difficult to define.  The definition of purpose is "the reason for which something is done or created.  So, if someone asks you what your purpose is, you are being asked to define why you were created.  Much like success, I believe that purpose is more of a journey than a destination that can evolve over time as you grow.  Therefore, it might be easier to describe your purpose as the values and principles that you live by, rather than trying to pinpoint a sole reason for living.  Here are a few ways you can define purpose in your life:

1) The way that you live day to day should be a direct reflection of who you are as a person.  For example, we should not be motivated to treat people right or pursue excellence at work because we think there is something in it for us, but rather we should do those things because those are the values and principles that define who we are. 

2) Our journey will be more purposeful when we are dedicated to the betterment of something bigger than ourselves. We are always at our best when focused on someone or something else. 

3) Make a conscious choice to be passionate and enthusiastic each day.  Viewing passion as a choice and not an emotion or feeling can help drive purpose. 

Don't feel bad if you can't define your purpose for living in one sentence.  Instead define the values and principles that you will live by and let that be the guide for a purposeful journey. 

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