If you want to be successful and produce extraordinary results in life, you must live your life with passion and purpose. Often, passion and purpose are two overrated principles most people buy into.
While it is true that passion and purpose are important in our life, but they are not the Holy Grail to success. They are just part of the equation. There are more than that if you want to achieve outstanding results in your life.
However, that does not mean passion and purpose are not vital. Most of the time, it is our passion that drives us into taking action and doing our best. And it is our purpose that makes us feel like life is worth living and we are going in the right direction.
In this article, you will discover the secrets how to live life with passion and purpose that most people longed for.
Searching For Your Passion And Purpose
Most people have no idea what are their passion and purpose. They have no idea what they love doing and they do not know what they wanted to achieve in their lives.
Ever wonder why most people are not living an extraordinary life right now?
If you have no idea what you want out of your life, you will never accomplish it. And if you don’t know what you are passionate about, you will live a boring life and you will never perform at your best.
Here are 3 ways how you can discover your passion and purpose:
1. The Shotgun Method
First, I call this the ‘shotgun method’. This method is best when you have no idea about what you want to do or where your passion is in life.
And just like a shotgun, you shoot with scatter bullets. You widen your perspective and you try out everything. Since you have no idea what you love doing or what you want to accomplish in life, you might just try everything and see what comes up.
How can you tell if something tastes good? The answer is simple, you eat it and you taste it. The same concept applies here.
When you have no idea where your passion is, try out everything and see what sparks you. How can you know if your purpose is to share with people your knowledge about life and success?
Well, you can find out by sharing your ideas. You don’t have to go out and conduct seminars or ask strangers to listen to what you have to say.
You can always start small. Like me, you can start a blog and talk about it. Or you can record a video and puts it up on YouTube. Create a Facebook fan page. And you can also get involve with related activities. Attend a seminar and see if you like the idea of standing on stage and giving a speech to share your thoughts.
There are hundreds of ways you can try out things.
The key is to keep moving forward. Take some form of action and keep firing your shotgun. You want to keep throwing mud at the wall and see what sticks.
So keep shooting and keep moving forward until you know what is right for you.
2. Deep Self-Discovery Questions
The second method to discover your passion and purpose is through asking self-discovery questions.
Questions are powerful because they make us think. Of course, not all questions have the same power.
If you want to get the right answer, you must ask the right question.
And don’t just answer the questions inside your head. Don’t just think about the answers, you have to ink them. You simply write them down.
This is why you need to get yourself a success journal.
When you write down your thoughts, you can return to them in the future. When you put down your thoughts into words, you make them tangible and you can see them more clearly from a bigger picture.
You are simply telling yourself that what you do is important and that is why you are writing them down. You will be more committed when you put your thoughts into words.
So are you ready to do some writing? Get your success journal ready and answer these 10 questions below. Remember, write down the answers.
- If everything goes smooth, your favorite day will be like…
- If you have only 3 months to live your life, how would you live these 3 months?
- List down 10 things/events that make you feel happy and satisfied.
- List down your 5 hobbies. And if you have time, and money is not an issue, what is the one hobby that you will do?
- What is the ONE thing that you think you have a competitive edge that you can do much better than others?
The above 5 questions are meant to spark your thoughts and help you discover your purpose in life.
If you want more, you can go through this article here and do the 30 self-discovery questions.
The following 5 questions will be directed to discover your passion in life.
- If Bill Gates, one of the richest man on planet Earth decides to give you $1 billion, what would you do with that money? How would it change your life? What will you do differently? How will you spend your day?
- What are your 3 favorite topics to discuss? When you talk to people, what do you like to talk about the most?
- Who is your favorite guru? It can be anyone from Michael Jordan, Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Nelson Mandela, or even your father or your kindergarten teacher.
- If your favorite guru can spend a year to coach you and teach you one thing that you can become extraordinary, what skill or which area you’d love to choose?
- What legacy do you want to leave behind? When you’re old, what would you love to tell your children?
Up to this point, you should at least have some ideas what you are passionate about. If you don’t, go through this article and go for more.
Some of these questions are powerful and can be very thought-provoking. All you need is to treat this exercise as serious as possible.
If you truly want to discover your passion and purpose in life, do this exercise. Don’t just read through the text. If you just do the reading, nothing is going to change. Write down the answer and see if it opens your mind.
3. The 7 Levels Deep WHY
This is one of the most powerful techniques to discover your real WHY and your purpose of what you want to do.
This technique is simple to do, but to get the best result, do it with someone else. You can do this with your spouse, your colleague, your partner, your friends, or for the best result, do it with your mentor.
When you do this exercise with someone you respect, the result comes faster and you will discover your real deep purpose why you want to achieve what you want in life.
All you need to do is to get someone to ask you the “why” questions for 7 times.
For example, if you want to be financially free, get your partner to ask you why. “Why do you want to be financially free?”
Then you will get to answer, say, “I want to be financially free so that I will never have to worry about money and I can drive a better car.”
And then your partner will ask the why question again, “Why is it important that you want to drive a better car?”
The exercise goes down to 7 levels deep. Your partner has to ask you the why question for 7 times.
And trust me, at the beginning, it will be easy. Your answer will be logical and it comes from your head. As you go deeper, you will start to feel it from within and answer from your heart.
You will feel emotional, and most of the time, the deeper it goes, the harder it is for your words to come out from your mouth. The reason being that you will speak from your heart, not from your head.
I have done this exercise before and I considered it one of the most profound techniques to discover your ultimate purpose behind what you want.
Of course, you and your partner who does this exercise must be committed and treat this as serious as possible.
You have learned the 3 techniques how to discover your passion and purpose in life, now, let’s talk about living them.
Living Life With Passion And Purpose
Living life with passion and purpose can be difficult. Passion is like fuel to power your car. Your passion is the energy that powers your dreams. And when you are living a passionate life, you are living a purposeful life.
The problem is that we are too busy with our everyday works and we tend to forget about our dreams, our passion and our purpose in life.
Furthermore, most people listen too much to what others have told them. They follow the crowd and do whatever everybody is doing. And they wonder why life is boring because they are not living life on their own terms.
Here are 7 tips how to live life with passion and purpose:
1. Make Your Life More Meaningful
Are you living a meaningful life? Is your life all about checking updates on social media? Is your life all about work and chasing to pay bills? Is your life bored and directionless?
People don’t feel purposeful and they are not living with passion when they don’t the life that they desire. Hence, you must create meanings to your life.
You have to define your ideal life, live it and make it meaningful.
If something is not meaningful to you or if it is not important to you, you will never bother about it. Think about it, if a bicycle is not important to you, do you think you will own one or take care of it if you have one?
Not likely. The same goes for money, lovers, friendships, and everything in your life. When something is not important (not meaningful) to you, you will never bother about it.
People who say that money is not important, usually don’t have much of it. People who say that life is meaningless, usually live a boring and directionless life.
So make your life meaningful. How? Use the self-discovery questions above to discover your ideal life and how you want to live it.
When your life is meaningful, you will tend to be more purposeful and go through your days with a passion.
Define the meaning of your life.
2. Don’t Compare Yourself With Others
You should stop comparing yourself with others. How others live their life has nothing to do with you. Most people try to compare themselves with their colleagues and friends. They want to know who is doing much better. Who is earning more and who is driving a better car.
Don’t, stop comparing yourself with others. You can be poor and at the bottom of your career right now. However, that does not mean that you will be at the bottom forever.
Jack Ma, one of China’s richest men and the founder of Alibaba, once applied for a job in KFC and got rejected. If he was to compare himself with others, he would feel like a big failure. Luckily he didn’t. He chose to focus on what’s possible and move on with his life.
You should do the same. Don’t compare yourself with other people. It will only make you feel miserable if you are not ‘there’ yet.
Plus, there’s nothing much to compare about, really. Someone who drives a better car does not mean that he is doing much better than you. It’s just a plain comparison and a material possession, nothing much.
Choose to believe in yourself. Where you are right now is just where it is right now. Things will change. You will change. You will never be where you are right now forever. You will move up the ladder and accomplish a better result.
It is just not your time yet. So stop comparing yourself with others, and move on with your own life.
3. Practice Journaling
There are plenty of benefits you can get from journaling. Not only that it can boost your creativity, journaling helps strengthen your self-discipline and able to evoke mindfulness.
Research has shown that people who experience a state of mindfulness tend to be more present at the moment and they have a better edge at actively directing their thoughts.
In other words, journaling helps to connect you and your deeper self. Take it as a practice that able to remind yourself about what you want and how you did in life.
If you want to make your life purposeful, try meditation. And like journaling, meditation brings in a lot of great benefits to your life.
Albert Einstein once said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, and he is absolutely right.
When you meditate, you are practicing how to actively directing your thoughts. You are cultivating the power of visualization.
You can visualize how you want your life to be like and what you want to accomplish in the future. And because our minds cannot differentiate the real from the fake, you will feel the energy flowing in you and act as if what you see in your head is real.
Thoughts are things. Whatever you want to achieve, you must first see it in your mind’s eye, and then manifest it in the real world.
And meditation helps a lot in doing this.
5. Enjoy The Moment
Live in the present. Your thoughts are not you. Stop worrying too much about your future or concern too much about your past. What matters most right now, is this present moment.
If you watch the movie, Kung Fu Panda, there is a quote I like a lot.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present.”
You can check through all the best Kung Fu Panda quotes from my previous article.
Most people are too concern with what has happened and what will be happening. That is why they are not living in the present.
They worry about their unpaid bills. They worry if the traffic is jam. They worry what if they can’t make it. And more.
When you have too much of worries in you, you will never live with passion and purpose.
Please understand that you cannot control everything in life. The only thing that you can control is yourself – your thoughts. So do just that.
I strongly suggest you read this article from Psychology Today about living at the present to learn more on this subject.
6. Work On Your Goals
One of the best ways to live a purposeful life is to work on your goals. Studies have shown that people feel the most satisfied and fulfilled when they are working toward a worthy ideal.
If you want to feel happy and satisfy, do something that will move you forward. This is especially true if the goal you are chasing is aligned with your purpose.
Try to go through a weekend without any purpose or anything to do. You will quickly feel bored, mundane and directionless.
On the other hand, if you go through your weekend knowing what you should do, what you want to accomplish and you actually act on it, you will feel purposeful and accomplish.
We often cannot separate living a purposeful life with the things that we want in life. When we are working toward our dreams, we are fulfilling our purpose.
This is why taking action and act on our goals are important.
In fact, most people don’t feel purposeful because they are not doing anything about the things that they want in life.
Just work on your goals and by the end of the day, you will feel your life is worthy of living.
Another key to living a purposeful and passionate life is through contribution. It is almost the same as working toward your goals, you will feel accomplish and fulfill.
It does not matter how much you contribute as long as you do it. You can donate if you have extra money. Or you can volunteer if you have additional time.
What if you don’t have the time and money to do all these? Simple, just be kind and helpful.
Help someone whose hands are full to open the door. Hold the lift for strangers. Smile and greet people you don’t know. Always be helpful and make people’s lives better.
When you do this random act of kindness, it makes you feel good too.
It makes you feel that your life is worth living and you are living on purpose and with passion. People who live life without passion will never act this way.
Trust me, helping other people who are in need is one of the greatest accomplishments in life. Thus, help more and give more.
You don’t have to put your life to test to live it with purpose and passion. Follow the suggestions and tips given from above to find out more.
Living your life with clear purpose and passion is what everyone wants. However, this is not a one-time process. Your purpose and passion may change. So keep finding and don’t settle.