I love Mark Twain. Here’s what he had to say about Life Purpose, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out WHY.”
Some people know their whole lives why they are here. Some are still trying to figure it out at 50 or 60 years of age. I can tell you from personal experience that the septo- and octogenarians I know who are happy, KNOW WHY they are on the planet.
Here is an easy exercise I teach people to help point them in the right direction. If you could sum your life’s mission up in one word, what would it be? (Hint: this is going to be an ACTION verb: create, calm, help, love…) Mine is INSPIRE.
If you know your one word mission, your life becomes very easy to navigate. For example, I know that, even when I am in situations that I would not otherwise choose to find myself, my mission is to INSPIRE. So when I had to go and get a JOB to supplement my business income, I focused on inspiring the people around me.
And, in cases where you do have a choice, if you find yourself in a situation that does not fit with your mission: either change the situation or GET OUT.
So, what’s your mission in life?