We all want to be happy. When you discover your life vision and are living your life’s purpose you unlock the door to happiness. Your existence is both meaningful to you and positively impacts every life you touch.
Your life vision is an expression that defines whom you want to be, what you want to be known for, and how you would like to be remembered. Although it is not the only thing that can create happiness, it is one of the major elements in living a fulfilled life.
In a previous blog, we looked at Why You Should Identify Your Life Vision …Now. In this blog, we will give you nine tips on how you can identify your life’s purpose.
Sometimes we need a little help to define our life vision. In today’s world, there are many resources that are available inexpensively or even free; quickly, with the click of a mouse away; and easily, from the comfort of your own home.
There are a plethora of choices available in today’s world but the simplest ones are:
Feedback from loved ones.
Loved ones have your best interests at heart. They want to see you succeed and be happy. They know you and can help you identify your strengths, which may be an indication of your life vision. Share what you are doing with a loved one who will be supportive and ask for their feedback.
Feedback from a mentor.
Consider seeking an appropriate mentor if you are not comfortable sharing what you are doing with a loved one. A mentor is a more experienced person who will be further along the path you wish to travel. You can leverage their experience and learn from their mistakes. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.
Books, training programs, and tools.
Books such as Level Up to Move Up, training programs such as 3 Powerful Techniques to Create the Future You Deserve and tools such as Free Professional Assessment can greatly assist you in defining your life vision. With access to the internet, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips, literally.
Forums, seminars and meet-up groups.
There is always a way to align yourself with like-minded people. Joining online forums, attending seminars, or participating in meet-up groups can give you a platform to share your thoughts, opinions, and ideas with others who are there for the same purpose… to discover and create their life vision.
But what if none of these resonates with you at the moment and you would rather go it alone initially? There is something you have immediate access to; any place, any time, and at zero cost.
When you are in an inspired state you are in the flow, also known as, in the zone. Flow can lead to improving performance be it action, idea generation, or learning a new skill. People have described being in the flow as completely absorbed in the activity and losing all sense of time.
When you are inspired you notice opportunities in places you may have seen only problems. Your mind releases the boundaries you set for yourself, allowing you to better identify your ‘why’ which is an important step in identifying your life vision. Also, when your mind is clear from restrictions, doubts, and fears, you can use your available resources better and in new ways, you may not have previously realised.
And just how can you tap into your inspiration?
Take responsibility for your life.
It may be simple, but it’s rarely easy. There will always be those who are better equipped to excel, but it does not necessarily mean that they will. Taking small but consistent steps will bring you closer to your dream life.
Plan relaxation time.
Plan the time you give yourself to relax and do the things in life that brings you joy. It is usually in these moments that inspiration flows smoothest. Use this time to recognise or identify your life vision.
Your life vision may not be obvious at first. You may need to plan multiple sessions to accomplish this task. Not everyone is a born musician or doctor. It may take longer than you anticipated but patience will support you in reaching your goal.
Be open to changes in your life vision. What is important to you today may not be important or even relevant to you in 1, 3, or 5 years from now. As you change over time, so may your life purpose and flexibility is the key to your progress.
A final consideration is a concept covered in our blog Have You Found Your Ikigai Yet?
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means your reason for being or the thing that gets you up in the morning. It is that ultimate point where your desires, strengths, and contribution to the world meet in perfect fulfilment. Life feels purposeful and it is considered by most to be the key to longevity and happiness.
Having a clear structure of how you can identify your life’s purpose can keep you focused and add the momentum you need to succeed. The Finding your Ikigai activity provides a fun way for you to discover your reason for being.
Discover your life vision, so you understand what it takes to live a happy life and at the same time, uplift the world in a way that only you can. Knowing your life’s purpose, discovering your life vision, or identifying the thing that gives your life meaning, is fundamental to feeling fulfilled. Live the life you are meant to live and share your gifts with the world.
Doing something you love motivates you to push against your fears and inspires you to expand your boundaries. Imagine living a life like this every day with the added benefit of positively impacting others. Wouldn’t life be blissful?
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