Five Weird Questions to Determine Life Purpose
What’s your life purpose and are you pursuing it? Your true purpose is a “calling” that will most likely reflect your unique set of gifts, talents, abilities, passions, personality traits, and life experiences. It can be a career calling (like motivational speaker or emergency room doctor) or it could be a role you carry out (like the fun mom on the street that always invites the neighborhood kids to dinner).
When you are in the zone and carrying out your purpose, you feel like your life makes sense and that you are contributing to the world. The problem is that most people have been on the conveyor belt of life for so long, they have forgotten to reflect on what makes them truly feel fulfilled.
Here are five weird questions that will get you closer to discovering your life purpose:
1) What career would your 8-year old self choose for you now?
If you are like most people who have been in the workforce for decades, you may not even realize that you’re doing a career that your 8-year old self would scoff at. So for fun, go deep back into the head of your 8-year old self and ask: What career or role in life do you think your 8-year old self would tell you to pursue now?
2) What activities make you forget to eat and go to the bathroom?
Have you ever been so busy doing something fun that you forgot to eat? Video games, surfing the internet and/or shopping in the mall can pre-occupy us so much that we don’t even notice that it has been 6 hours since our last meal.
Artists are known to paint all day without interruption. Writers write. Entrepreneurs make plans. What activities can you do for hours at a time that occupy you so much that you forget to eat and you delay going to the bathroom? What do you love about these activities?
3) What embarrassment would you willingly face if you knew success was guaranteed soon afterwards?
Let’s face it. Trying something new usually brings pretty dismal results at the first get-go. After we have put in our 10,000 hours of practice, however, we are at an acceptable level. So what activity would you tolerate sucking at for a while, if you were guaranteed that you’d be great a short time later?
For example, if I knew that I would one day create a literary master piece, I wouldn’t mind releasing some poorly written stories on the way to glory.
What activity would you start this week that you can tolerate stinking at in the beginning, knowing that one day soon you will be amazing at?
4) What problem makes your blood boil and drives you to take action?
Where does your passions and ability fit into solving some of the problems you see on T.V. and in your community? Is there a specific cause that gets you upset every time you hear about it? What could you do to make a difference?
What issue would you love to get your hands on to fix? Nothing is more rewarding that knowing that your efforts are making a difference in the world and that your life has meaning that extends far beyond yourself.
5) Where would you go everyday if you were locked out of your house every day for 12 hours?
Imagine that you are unemployed but still collecting enough money to comfortably meet all your expenses. The only problem is that you are locked out of your house every day, so you have to go somewhere. Where would you spend your days? Would you go to the gym? The library? The mall? Take an art class? Go back to school?
What places would give you the greatest joy? What would you do all day? Why are you happy there?
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Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach. His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning. Jerry has been coaching since 2008. His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time. Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.