Whether it’s because you’re at home (purposely or not), aren’t really a fan of your job, or just want something more, you might be looking for purpose outside of your job.
You also might be asking what the heck finding purpose outside of your job even means…
Finding purpose can mean a lot of things. When I think of finding purpose in my own life, I think of the things that give me a reason to wake up and how I’m making a difference to others.
Your purpose, where you find meaning, or how you make a difference might come from the work you do in your day job, but if that’s not the case, here are some other places to look…
Give back to those who are less fortunate than you or need a little bit of extra help. This can look like choosing to donate your unwanted possessions instead of selling them, regularly donating money to charities, or volunteering at local organizations. Helping others is a great way to make meaning of your life.
Advocating for something you believe in is a great way to find your purpose. Whether you join an organization, turn your social media accounts into educational places, or make a point of writing a ton of emails to your governing bodies, activism can provide you with a great deal of purpose and meaning.
Digging into your spirituality might look like examining your position within an organized faith, or it might look like something a little less formal. Simply exploring what your spirituality means to you can set you off on a great journey towards self-knowledge and meaning.
The act of making something from nothing can be extremely fulfilling, especially if you practice the craft so you become proficient. How does creativity give you purpose, though? It provides you with a project to work on, it can inspire you or fuel your soul to continue moving forward, or it can provide entertainment or a sense of joy in others who experience your work.
Making a point of being there for the people you care about is a truly noble purpose. You can strive to be a great parent, enrich your relationships, or be a place of support and comfort during times of trouble. Being an integral part of a community means that you have people counting on you and you counting on them, making you all important parts of each other’s lives.
If you’re looking for purpose, you might be feeling stuck where you are. Going out to experience new things might make something click, whether it inspires you to start a new project, sparks your sense of curiosity, or simply provides you with a sense of fun. Life is meant to be lived, so get out there and live it!
Finding purpose or making meaning isn’t always clear, especially during times of struggle. Openness and exploration are key in moving forward and finding inspiration, motivation, and purpose. With those tools, you might find something great.
Want to get to work finding your next purpose? Why not use goal-setting to make it happen? Check out this guide…
Thanks for reading. And enjoy the journey!
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