Why you need a purpose in life
22 October 2015, 11:42
Sometimes, understanding why we need a purpose in life and recognizing our own purpose can make a difference. Unlike in the past when people just wished for a stable job to sustain themselves and their families, today people have evolved to yearn for a more lasting fulfillment in their lives.
I know many people who are far from settling in their careers and general life. They are looking for something more satisfying than just a job and a rank; something that will give them a strong purpose in life. It is no wonder that many seem to be taking too long to settle down, in terms of personal, career and social life. I have a couple of friends who are still grappling to find their passions and life purpose. The need for a purpose cannot be over-emphasized as it is clear that we direly need it if we are to progress.
Experts purport that passion and purpose are similar, but they also have some unique differences. Following your passion is doing something you deeply desire and have great enthusiasm towards. A perfect example here is sports, writing, or even singing – if you undertake these activities because you love them, that is following your passion. However, having a purpose is turning your passion into something that you can do, to change a certain situation, and make a difference. A purpose isn’t necessarily asking yourself “why am I here?” It is more about taking your passion and putting it into action.
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Finding a purpose is finding something that you love to do and that allows you to achieve something meaningful. There are many things that having a purpose can do for you. When a person has a purpose, they understand what is important to them and work towards contributing to that in a positive way. To a large extent, purpose drives us to make the right choices and act on them in a bid to make our lives better.
Purpose also allows you to feel confident and secure in where you are going, and the choices you are making. People, unfortunately, will doubt you, try to knock you down, they might say you are unqualified or lack experience. But a strong life purpose pushes you towards your goals amid criticism.
When you have a clear passion, backed with a purpose, there is nothing more motivating. If you know what it is you want to do, why you want to do it, and what the outcomes could be, you will have incredible focus and drive. You will devise a plan on how to get there, and you will make it happen because you have a very clear vision and goal.
With a clear purpose, whether in your career or life in general, you are bound to find success. Purpose helps you focus and work towards achieving something meaningful. Even when obstacles arise in the course of your journey, it is easier to steer through the difficulties as you have a clear goal.
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