What if I told you that you that I had the formula for happiness? A way to live a more elevated life with more energy, meaning and fulfillment. It is my belief, (and more and more research is backing it up) that this is achieved through pursuing and living in your purpose. The amount of hours I have invested into this quest would frighten you, but using this research I have put together some steps, content and resources for you to start your own personal journey to finding your unique purpose.
1. Know your values.
This point is very underrated in today's culture and if you are like me, you may have a high-level idea of what you value but nothing that is clear and easily articulated . If you are going to design an authentic purposeful life you need to know what matters most to you. Typically there will be a handful of categories that have the most meaning for you like maybe for example family, contribution, career, health, etc, etc. but do you have an inspiring value statement for each of these areas to keep it clear in your mind and to stay motivated to follow it?
I recently invested some time into this topic and to develop these for myself. I found I had to dig deep internally to get to the goods. But I uncovered the following article on-line that was a really helpful resource in developing a meaningful set of personal core values:
7 Steps to discover your personal core values
Prompts are provided to get you into the right mind set and a list of over 200 value words. With this you:
If you would like to see my final set of personal core values to use as reference please do so here:
Value Statement Example
I now refer to mine each and every morning to start my day with intention and inspiration. The best thing is, once you have developed a clear set of values it can be used as the compass for all of your life decisions. Ask yourself "Does this decision fit with my values?" if yes move forward, if not, pass. It's as easy as that, and the best part, no more decision fatigue and second guessing as you will have a clear guideline to follow.
2. Purpose Questions.
I have created a list of questions I gathered throughout my own purpose pursuit that will help you start to identify some themes and threads in your life that could put you toward the direction of your purpose. I have already included these questions in another blog post "Why are YOU here?" which also has some additional information and tips for you if you would like to refer back, but I will include the questions here again, along with some additional ones I have added since the last post:
3. Ikigai - Putting it all together.
The Japanese word Ikigai literally translates to "Reason for being" and to me, is the formula for happiness. It takes all of these ideas I listed one step further and then brings them all together and becomes the map for your purpose journey. The Ikigai model is as per the below:
Using this model you map out:
When you put them all together you get Ikigai. I have curated some videos for you to review that go much further into depth on the topic and walk you through the completion of your own Ikigai map. Please take the time to watch, learn and try for yourself.
4. Take Action.
Completing these steps will take some time, but what is a better investment than investing in yourself, in your freedom, in your purpose to live a life you love? I have developed a free printable & downloadable guide which you can get here "A Practical Guide to Finding YOUR Purpose" that walks you through all of the above steps including worksheets that you can fill in to support you along the process. It also has a Purpose Planner so that once you have found some ideas to investigate further, you can take action immediately over the next 4 weeks to get you closer to a life that you love and the unique formula to your happiness. Know that as you evolve as a person so may your purpose and values so don't be afraid to come back this exercise as needed.
Please let me know if you found the guide helpful and let me know about your journey to finding your purpose as we grow together to:
Design your Life ~ Be Authentic. Be You. Be Sharp.