In previous articles we have explored topics ranging from The secret to manifesting all desires, and How to change your mindset today. Although these are key parts of being who you desire to be, and attracting what is desired into our life, there is still that something within each of us that drives passion to pursue a purpose. How to find the purpose of life means first discovering the importance of developing a personal philosophy, which will determine the course of your life.
Attention and intention to any belief is essentially the ‘why’ behind your actions. It is why you do the things you do. It is who you want to be. It is the motivating force behind your behaviors. When belief is not present, or misaligned from your highest self, you have no real sense of direction or purpose.
Without a personal philosophy, you are adrift without a paddle, wandering aimlessly through the circumstances of life. You become uncertain about who you are, or what to do with the many opportunities presented to you.
Envision Yourself Being
Having a vision rooted from within your personal philosophy provides purpose, and purpose empowers hope to be a certainty, rather than just a wish that might come true.
Begin with simply observing yourself first thing when you wake up. How do you greet the day? Do you notice awakening with thoughts and words of grumbling or gratitude? Your reaction to the morning is driven and defined by your personal philosophy.
The envisioning of what you will experience each day is directly connected with action guided by your personal philosophy. Nelson Mandela once said, “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”
This suggests that in order to be truly effective we need an actionable personal philosophy for our lives. If your desire is to move forward and find the purpose of life, then the following actionable steps will be helpful. They may appear as a big challenge, but developing a personal philosophy that guides you in life is easier than you may believe.
What Are Your Beliefs?
Our beliefs, or personal philosophies, influence the way we experience life. What we believe often informs your desires and actions, so it’s important to reflect on your beliefs and how they impact the future you are envisioning for yourself.
The importance of determining your personal philosophies cannot be understated. They are rooted in the essence of your being, and are able to determine the effect of your actions.
Pursue being attentive with intention on a vision that aligns with your beliefs, so you will not have to experience internal conflict or a lack of peace. When your beliefs are accounted for and incorporated in your vision, you can ensure a future that allows you the fulfilling experience of true joy and peace.
Whenever you find yourself adrift, or wandering aimlessly looking for purpose, refocus attention with intention on your beliefs.
What Do You Want?
Begin by first observing this in yourself. Are you expecting great things from yourself, and do you believe yourself worthy and capable of achieving what you desire?
One key to developing a vision for your life is to assess what you want from life. When considering this you may ask yourself questions such as: “Who do I desire to be?” “What is my ultimate goal for myself?” “What kind of statement do I want my life to make?”
These kinds of questions will help you narrow down what you want for yourself. It’s also important to assess any outside influences (peers, family, media, etc.) that might have caused you to develop a vision that does not align with who you are.
Ultimately, this is your life and you should be the person calling the shots. You are the creator of your experiences, and knowing this with certainty requires attention and intention to your beliefs.
What Are You Passionate About?
The things we are passionate about are often the things we love to do and the things that bring us joy. Thus, it is natural to insinuate that our visions for our lives would incorporate our passions in some manner.
Consider questions like:
“What makes me feel most at peace?”
“What gives me the greatest sense of fulfillment?”
“What brings me the greatest feeling of joy?”
Answering these questions will help you to discover those things that add value to your life and those things that allow you to express yourself in the most authentic way. The truest test is observing how these passions align with your personal philosophies and what you envision for yourself to be.
What Are your Talents?
Often, the things you are talented at are also associated with things you passionately believe in. But even in instances where this is not the case, talents can still help guide a vision for your life. The logical thinking is that if you are naturally gifted at a particular skill, you were given that talent for a reason. Consider how your talents add value to your life and others, and also align with your beliefs.
Something Dr. Wayne Dyer said can be of great benefit for evaluating any focus you have on your talents, and how they relate to your beliefs.
He said, “I am a human being, not a human doing. Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t…you aren’t.”
Talents are an important part of doing, but not always grounded in being, so remember to keep this in perspective, especially when engaged with talents that are not aligned with your personal philosophies.
What Matters Most to You?
This may be one of the most important parts of creating a vision for what you want from life. It goes without saying that what matters most to you is typically very closely tied to what you want from life.
If family matters most to you your vision for your future will likely involve having a family of your own. If your career matters most to you then your vision for the future will likely center around professional achievements.
The point is that by narrowing down what matters to you, and seeing these desires rooted from your personal beliefs, enables you to better outline who you desire to be, and what you want in your life.
So it’s time to get clear about what you want from life. The only way you can move beyond a vision and into actual fruition is to first clearly establish the beliefs that will guide you in the direction of the life you want.
Developing personal philosophies will equip you to create goals that insure your vision succeeds, and you’ll be better motivated to stay the course when life tries to throw you a curve ball. How to find purpose of life begins with what you believe.
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