6 steps to living on purpose – quotes and thoughts to live by!

Living on purpose
Living on purpose

 

An overwhelming majority of global workforce today, do not enjoy their jobs. In the pursuit of paying our bills and securing our future, many of our lives are lost in boredom and lack of purpose. Finding our purpose is a deliberate activity that needs some structured thinking. Read on, for a step by step approach to: finding your calling, daring to dream and living the life of your dreams. And a bonus! – some cool tweetables and pins.

Step 1: Looking inward

“What you seek, is seeking you”~ Rumi Tweet it
 
It’s time for some soul searching. Ask yourself these introspecting questions:

1. What are your interests? 
2. What are the jobs you love doing? 
3. What is the one thing that you cannot imagine not doing this life? 

Well, it need not be one thing. You just need to list down the stuff you enjoy doing. Prioritise them by your love for the activities. Pick a few, mix a few of them – do what it takes to arrive at the magic gig(s) that you’d be excited to get up in morning for.

Step 2: Looking outside-in

“Talent can’t be taught, but it can be awakened”~ Wallace Stegner Tweet it
 
Break out of the shell of ‘self’ and it’s time to look at yourself from an outsider’s perspective. Ask yourself these questions.
 
   1. What are your natural talents? 
   2. What do people call you for? 
 
Identify the areas you are good at, that people come to you, seeking advice for. Those are the areas that are likely to give you maximum satisfaction, transcending the self. List them down carefully. Again prioritise. Mix them with your self-interests. Arrive at what you truly care about, helping others with. Viola! you’ve found your purpose(s) 
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious”~ Albert Einstein Tweet it
 
If you think you don’t have one, think again 🙂 Einstein was not talented kid, but his curiosity drove him to his purpose. When you are curious about the world around you, you spot the problems, and the dying desire to solve the problem. Curiosity, in essence fuels your creative pursuit.  

Step 3: Receiving help from your cosmic connection 

 
“When the student is ready the master will appear”~ Buddhist Proverb Tweet it
 
Get inspired – read books, blogs, watch videos. Talk to people who raise your thoughts. Seek, make and keep connections whom you admire. Expand your network as you expand your horizons. Keep your antennas tuned to receive help from the cosmos.
 
Listen to these awesome 12 TED talks to find your purpose and spark your soul for a cool doze of inspiration.

Step 4: Taking the plunge, hedging the risk

 
“You never lose a dream. It just incubates as a hobby”~ Larry Page Tweet it
 
Start a side project. Wherever you are in your life’s journey, a side project helps add a fresh perspective. While you do a side project involving your target audience, you gain newer ideas, connections, interests, in effect – you become all the more resourceful.
 
Read: How to start a side project for resources on starting your very own side project(s).

Step 5: Picking up skills on the go, learning by doing

 
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over”~ Richard Branson Tweet it
 
It is never too late to learn something new. Learning new stuff helps neurons make those new connections and your mental muscle is stretched forever. Much as exercise helps keep body fit, our brains get fit through learning. So keep your mental mojo up, to embark on your journey of creative discovery
 
Learn something new everyday and apply it to your work or life. Learn from people, places and resources around you. Get to be awesome at what you love doing. Keep getting better by the day. 
 
Here’s a list of some online learning resources that help you pick up some of the new age skills:
Self taught skills for a lucrative career (change)
 

Step 6: Making it your profession

 
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen”~ Michael Jordan Tweet it

Look at ways to make it work as your profession. Start with investing an hour a day, slowly span out, eventually diving all-in
 
Get creative in looking for what service or product that you can offer that people are willing to pay for. That is when you start seeing money. Work at it to make it big. You don’t have to put yourself in a frying pot to make it a full time gig. Keep it part time, if you think your soul’s desires are met.
 
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As a final word: It takes a curious mind to discover the future, to explore, to dream, to discover and to live the life of your dreams
 
Now, it’s your turn to let the world know: What’s your favourite quote to live by?
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