The quest for self, the “why am I here?”, “what is the reason for being?” never gets out of fashion. If we begin with asking ourselves “why am I here?” – we might not get too far. Instead, here is a simpler and a more structured way to start:
Ask yourself and write down the answers to the following questions:
1) What you Love (it helps identify your Passion)
2) What the World Needs (it helps identify your Mission)
3) What you are Good at (it helps identify your Vocation)
4) What you can get Paid for (it helps identify your Profession)
Then, you can answer some additional questions to help you get more detailed answers about yourself:
1) What do you Love? What aspects of your life bring you into your heart and make you feel most alive?
2) What are you Great at? What unique skills do you have that come most naturally to you? What talents have you cultivated and what do you excel at even when you aren’t trying?
3) What Cause do you believe in? What change would you most love to create in the world? What would you give your life for?
4) What do people Value and pay you for? What service, value or knowledge do you bring? Something that people need and are happy to pay for or share some value in exchange.
Keep the list close and update it each time you feel like you discovered something new about yourself or connected with what you already know. The answers usually reveal when we are in the flow and engaged completely in what we are doing. Look back with honesty and identify these moments in your life.
Doing this will help refine your focus, attention and be more selective with your time and what you engage in. Allow less time and space for activities that take away your energy and do more of what gives you the positive energy. Don’t be afraid of failure. You won’t know if something is rewarding unless you’ve tried it. Life is made by our daily choices and habits, not predetermined. Knowing your mission and passion will bring more happiness and joy on daily basis.
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