Finding your personal purpose outside your career might be challenging. Trying to find a meaning for life is as natural as any other body function for humans. Having a sense of purpose is what has lead humans to change the world. What is yours?
People who have changed the world had one thing in common: a strong sense of purpose and resilience. History has proven that you needn’t have a formal education –think of Jene Goodall who revolutionized the study of chimpanzees–, there’s no age limit, no possible boundary that can stop you to thrive in what you love. Humans only need a purpose to do what was before considered impossible.
Some people find fulfillment in life in the job their doing, in having their family, or any other area that makes you happy. But if someday you wake up and you feel like something is missing, you have to start the journey of finding what you love doing. Even if you feel satisfied with your job, having some other purpose outside it is paramount –there has to be more than work. This is what you can do to find your own goal:
What is important for you?
Identify the areas in your life that matter for you. You don’t have to have it all figured out, so don’t get frustrated if you think you are not getting it. Every little thing you do outside work and at work as well prepare you to find what you want to do. Be alert, pay attention to how you feel when you are doing different activities, have a register of those feelings and do more of what makes your feel happy.
Make small transitions
Setting small daily goals can build our self-esteem and give us a sense of accomplishment. Something as little as committing yourself to meditate 5 minutes a day or exercising 3 times a week can make a big difference. Once you know you can commit, you might wonder what else you’ve been putting off and could be doing.
Change your habits, meet new people, listen to what others have to say, shake your routine frequently to create new opportunities.
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