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Why Knowing Your Life’s Purpose is Important

The non-Rick Warren Edition

I remember it like yesterday. Author Rick Warren released the best-selling book – The Purpose Driven Life, and it was on like Donkey Kong. Churches all over the country were launching the Purpose Driven Life small groups and book studies. My wife and I joined in and it was super-rewarding. While a believer and fully aware that my purpose is to serve God and add value to His people, I also believe it is possible to add value from a secular point of view.

You might feel that holding down a job, getting ahead, and taking care of your family is enough, without worrying about your life’s purpose. But taking the time to work out your calling in life is not a luxury or escapism, it is important for helping you live a more meaningful and successful life. Living in the United States, I feel we have an advantage over others in this regard. When I traveled in Europe, I met people that were groomed for their positions. Their lot in life was basically sealed unless they made an unusual push to move to something else. When I visited Japan, the majority of people I met there were locked into their positions – many not happy or fulfilled.

When people are robbed of choice, or pursuit of a purpose, it not only affects their inner satisfaction, but levels their productivity. I’ve seen this in play personally in different cultures and its a heartbreaking thing for me.

Think about it. What do you want? Chances are you don’t want to be doing the same thing, facing the same issues, in twenty years’ time, right? Humans are hard-wired to find purpose in what they’re doing. They look for fulfillment in their lives. And finding your life purpose can help you define and achieve your life goals. Here are some good reasons to do the work and find your calling.

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  1. You will unlock your potential

I suspect you want to be your best possible you. How will you know who that person is and what they’re capable of unless you know your life purpose?

Discovering and aligning with your calling means you identify and build on your talents. What is your passion? What do you love doing? Chances are you’re already good at it. Why not focus on your natural gifts and turn them into your greatest strengths?

  • You will create opportunities
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By working out your life purpose, you open yourself to more opportunities than you could have imagined. When you begin living intentionally, you’ll find that your whole mindset changes. You see the right direction to take, and you allow synchronicity to work its magic.

If you feel doubtful about this, think back to times in your life where things just seemed to ‘fall into place’ or you were in the right place at the right time. Practice saying yes to the things that feel good and see where that energy takes you.

  • You will have an impact on the world

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ That starts with deciding to find and align with your life’s purpose. Choose to do what matters to you, what makes you feel good, and you will change things for the better.

In living a life aligned with your values and purpose, you can’t help but have a positive impact on the world whether it’s in your family, neighborhood, or your city. And in living your purpose you will be an inspiration to others, you will have started a chain of positive impacts!