Personal Growth

What The Heck Is Purpose And How To Find It

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What is Purpose? And how do I find it?

I’m sure every single one of us has googled these phrases at least once in their life.

Here are the answers:

  • Purpose is something you (would) do for free because you enjoy it so much
  • Purpose is something you are talented in and/or good at
  • Purpose is something, that others need

When those three things meet and you offer it to the world, you have purpose.

So, ask yourself:

What is the one thing you love to do so much you would do it for free?

Inspired by marketing strategist Selena Soo and the book ‘The Common Path to Uncommon Success’ by John Lee Dumas

Why You Suffer

In the Hundu wisdom tradition of Vedānta, there are five reasons why you suffer:

  1. You don’t know who you are
  2. You are attached to impermanent, temporary, and therefore “illusory” things
  3. You are afraid of things beings impermanent, temporary, or illusory
  4. You are identifying with your ego (your „false“ self) instead of your soul (your „true“ self)
  5. You are afraid of death and therefore of everything unknown

According to Vedānta, the way out of suffering and, therefore, the key to freedom is the goal of evolution itself:

Losing your fears.

The way to do this?

Find out who you are. Who we are. Realize that you are the immeasurable, manifested potential of all that was, all that is, and all that will be.

Source: Deepak Chopra

The Four Agreements For Personal Freedom

The most important agreements are the ones you make with yourself.

The result of those rules – your actions, feelings, and thoughts – is what you call your personality.

Practicing the following 4 agreements in your life is how your best self becomes even better.

The 1st agreement: Be impeccable with your word

Don’t break your word (be it with others or with yourself) and only find kind words for others and especially yourself.

The 2nd agreement: Don’t take anything personally

We make the selfish assumption that everything is about “us”. Realize that anything people do, feel, think, or say, is because of themselves – not because of you.

The 3rd agreement: Don’t make assumptions

The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. Find your voice and ask questions.

The 4th Agreement: Always do your best

If you try to do your best, and you tell yourself so, there is no room for frustration, self-judgment, guilt, or regret. Instead, you slowly learn to accept yourself. Keep in mind that doing your best doesn’t mean that it’s always perfect or successful. Doing your best also doesn’t mean overdoing it.

Keep those 4 agreements in mind, and you will avoid a lot of heartaches – for yourself, and others,

Source: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills