Personal Growth, Psychology

Importance of Life Purpose | Write Your Own Story

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to do if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.

~ Abraham Lincoln

You like your job, but there is a lack of spark. You keep switching jobs, jumping into the next best thing. You struggle to keep yourself engaged in your workplace. You have a lingering feeling of something amiss in your life.

Sounds familiar?

I know, this sounds cliché. But, research has indicated that having a purpose in life may reduce the risk of premature mortality.

People who don’t have a strong life purpose. Defined as “a self-organizing life aim that stimulates goals”, were more likely to die early. Compared to subjects who did, mostly due to cardiovascular diseases.

The goal-setting fosters a sense of purpose that can positively impact the lives of other people. For e.g. teaching children, supporting the elderly or rehoming abandoned animals, etc. 

So, what’s your calling? What are you passionate about? Simple questions, Isn’t it? Still, most of us struggle to respond. Ever wonder, why? 

Much to our dismay, most of us suffer from the “What You Want to Do versus What You Should Do” situation. This stems from family conditioning, societal norms, and at times, self-imposed moral dilemmas. Most of us have no clue what we want to do with our lives.

My theory is simple. It’s A-OK not to know. This gives us the flexibility to spread our wings & explore all the possibilities. Find what we resonate the most with. 

Think about it! There are ample opportunities. No limit on the number of people we could help, or inspire, or support. 

From a spiritual standpoint, we are souls inhabiting physical bodies. Here, to fulfill a certain purpose in life. Our soul remembers while our physical body struggles. That’s the feeling we keep getting hit with, while we settle for our mundane. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).

For some of us, our purpose and passion in life are obvious and clear. Born with a set of talents. Through persistent practice, we develop those talents into skills. While it’s not as easy to identify a passion for a few of us.

Without a life purpose, there is no inner compass, no goals, or action plans. There is no personal mission that excites us.

If you are asking, is it worth the efforts? Researching, digging deeper into your interests, undergoing personal development classes & at times monetary investments? The answer is yes, absolutely. 

There are two ways to live our lives. Either, be conscious of what you are here to do and focus on that vision, work towards the cause and make an impact or let life drive you and maybe you might hit the right spot. Let it happen and let it be. There is no right or wrong but a choice to make. 

I would like to conclude by saying – the true success mantra is knowing thyself. Acknowledging, honoring and working towards your passion.

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.

~ James Allen

Once, your heart and soul are in sync, you will hit the bullseye. No one can hold you back from succeeding, from happiness, from fulfillment. Writing your own story.