We were all sent here for a reason, and we all have significance in the world. I genuinely feel that we are all blessed with unique gifts. The expression of our gifts contributes to a cause greater than ourselves. I think that’s one of the most asked questions, “What is my purpose in life”. The following are a list of questions that can assist you in discovering your purpose.
Or better yet as a Christian woman, finding God’s purpose for your life. God has a purpose for those that love him. Keep in mind purpose is different for each individual. For instance maybe God’s purpose for you is to raise a child that would be better off with you.
Or your purpose is to take over the family business when your parents retire. Maybe it’s to be CEO of a fortune 500 company, pastor a church, write a book, get through college. Whatever your purpose it’s going to require thoughtful contemplation and soul searching. We’re going to explore 15 questions that are meant as a guide to help you get into a frame of mind that will be conducive to defining your personal mission.
- Take out a few sheets of paper and a pen.
- Find a place where you will not be interrupted. Turn off your cell phone.
- Write the answers to each question down. Write the first thing that pops into your head, write without editing. It’s important to write out your answers rather than just thinking about them.
- Write quickly. Give yourself less than 60 seconds a question preferably less than 30 seconds.
- Be honest. Nobody will read it. It’s important to write without editing. Enjoy the moment smile as you write.
15 Questions to discover your Life’s Purpose
- What makes you smile? (activities, people, events, hobbies, projects, etc…)
- What are your favorite things to do in the past? What about now?
- What activities make you loose track of time?
- What makes you feel great about yourself.
- Who inspires you most? ( anyone you know or don’t know. (Family friends, authors, artists, leaders, etc..)
- What are you naturally good at? (Skills, abilities,gifts, talents)
- What do people typically ask you for help in?
- If you had to teach something what would you teach?
- What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life.
- You are now 90 years old sitting in a rocking chair on your porch. You can feel the spring breeze gently brushing against your face. You are blissful and happy and pleased with your wonderful life that you have been blessed with. Looking back at your life and all you have achieved and acquired, all the relationships you’ve developed what matters to you most?
- What are your deepest values?
- What were some challenges, difficulties, and hardships you’ve overcome or are in the process of overcoming. How did you do it?
- What causes do you strongly believe in, or connect with?
- If you could get a message across to a large number of people, who would those people be, and what would be your message?
- Given your talents, passions, and values, how could you use those resources to serve, to help, to contribute? (to people, causes, organizations,animals, environment, planet, etc..)
‘Develop a personal mission Statement’
Companies have developed mission statements for years. It helps guide them by defining who they are and why they do what they do. Google’s mission statement for instance is, “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, Coca- Cola’s is, “To Refresh The world” Mission statements, sometimes called purpose statements are proving to be a good tool for high achievers. Whether it’s a daily mantra or a quote to turn to when things get tough, having a personal mission statement will bring focus and purpose to your life. Your job is to come up with a personal mission statement for your life. If you want to be successful you need to think of yourself as a brand, says Stephen Convey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Successful People”
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