How do you discover purpose in life?
I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.
I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean to discover purpose, your very own. The reason why you were created.
May be you don’t believe you have a purpose and that life has no meaning.
Not believing that you have a purpose won’t prevent you to discover purpose, just as a lack of belief in gravity won’t prevent you from falling.
Empty the cup
Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”
If you want to discover purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).
So how to discover purpose in life?
This is a very simple process anyone can go through as long as you are born again and you are living like one. But you have to be open to this process and believe it will work for you.
Here’s what to do:
- Take a moment, find a quiet space, quieten down your spirit and pray silently to God asking Him: “What is my true purpose in life?”
- Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
- Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
- Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
- Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an Architect, fashion designer or even a student. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid.
Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is.
The false answers will come from your mind and your memories. But when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it’s coming to you from a different source entirely.
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