To me living a life on purpose is to recognise the urge to serve the world that stems from within oneself. That urge is triggered by an event or a series of events in life, which at the time may have been very challenging to one. With time, through self work and discovery, the events have become the platform to work from, an opening of a new way of looking at life and an opportunity to improve oneself and others.
Living on purpose means to find a deeper meaning for yourself in what you are doing in life and serving the world in some way at the same time.
The ingredients of living your life on purpose:
1. Get to know yourself – what are your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and most importantly - your values and goals? Your inner values are one of the most important ingredients to leading a conscious life and making conscious decisions.
2. Identify your causes – identify what were the significant events in your life, which made you want to fight for the causes you want to fight for. What do you see sense in and purpose in doing more than anything else? (sense and purpose don't always carry logic and comfort with them, you are meant to be in the flow)
3. Recognise that living a life on purpose is achieved in a process of giving to others more than anything else. Learn what you have best to give and give it to others. Often it is not what you do at work that matters but how you do it.
4. Take a step by step approach - be prepared that you cannot and will not have (answers to) everything – at least not all at once. Choose whatever is the highest on your priority list now and follow it now. Living life on purpose is to serve the purpose of your life today. You cannot move on to tomorrow until you learn the lessons of today first.
5. Recognise the change that have occurred in you. Do you feel that your current working environment is not for you any more? Remember that it did serve you in the past though, it did serve your purpose. It may have served you when you wanted flexibility and time spent with your friends or time to explore the new city you moved to, or when you wanted to learn new skills the job provided or finally when you wanted to get to know the people in the industry. You may need a new challenge now, stimulate your brain more perhaps, or different things interest you now and you want to be able to explore them further? Recognise the new challenge that you need now and take steps to make the required change. Be grateful for the lessons leant and opportunities given to you though.
6. Don’t feel like you have to know it all before you make a change. You don’t always need to know where the end of this journey is. Sometimes the initial reasons to make the change are very different to "the why" you are doing what you end up doing as a result of this initial change. You may initially have an urge to be challenged more at work and whatever the new opportunity provides is exactly what you may be needing at the time. Remember that your needs change once you fulfil them.
7. Ask for what you need. Just because the job does not provide the right opportunities does not mean you cannot create them where you are. Identify what you need to feel more alive, stimulated, challenged, what you need to live your life more on purpose and ask for it. The ability to ask so that others feel they are benefiting from it as well is an art in itself.
8. Live your life on purpose outside of work. Take a holistic approach to living your life on purpose. You can fulfil your values and goals everywhere, not only at work. Not all of us have the opportunity to work in industries, which directly impact the wellbeing of others, but all of us have impact on how we do things.