A purpose driven life, can I have one of those?
Living a purpose driven life is a huge key to happiness. It can help you work out how to be happy. You needn’t have a big life purpose but, you need something to be striving for over the long term that determines your daily and weekly activities and feeds back to you whether you’re being productive or not.
There is balance, to be sure, but if your purpose isn’t a driving force then you need to find a new purpose, or put some energy behind it-either way, get yourself a proverbial kick up the butt.
Your life goals come about from your life purpose. Your purpose defines you, and what your life is about, goals are end results that you are working towards and they must be in line with your purpose. If you feel strongly about a life goal that doesn’t fit your purpose, either re-think your purpose or expand it to be broader. Then you’ll be on your way to a purpose driven life.
Your life path is the direction that your life is going in. Think about what your life will be like 5, 10, 20 years from now of you continue with the status quo. Do you like it? What if you take other directions you’re thinking of, what will life be like then? Talk to your future self, have a conversation, see what the up and downs are like, the pros and cons. Decide if that’s where you want to be. The most important thing is to make decisions and move with them. Stagnancy by default is rarely a good idea and rarely makes you happy. What you need is a purpose driven life.
Life balance is not about work and play. It’s not about fitting in everything that society says you should be fitting into your life. It’s about deciding the aspects of life that are important to you, that you know will make you happy and whole individual. If your life until now has felt pretty lazy and unaccomplished and you’re feeling a drive to change, a few years or relatively intense work may be just what you need to find your life balance. It’s not a matter of balancing your day’s and your weeks, but about doing what you think is best. If you have a spouse and/or children in your life, you do need to take them into consideration in your life balance plan, but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect the needs of your life purpose. I firmly believe that in your pursuit of happiness, life balance should be looked at in terms of the big picture, not the nitty gritty of individual days or even weeks. It depends on your preferred working style.
Personal Development Plan:
Creating a personal development plan can greatly help you in your pursuit of happiness. Decide what aspects of yourself and your life that you’d like to improve and then figure out the steps you need to take to improve those things, and wrote them down. Create a daily, weekly, monthly plan, whatever you prefer. Set yourself achievable goals within specific time frames. Do the research and education you need to be successful at your plan.
Don’t expect things to just happen. Find tools and techniques that you can put into action. Remember if you keep doing the things you’ve always done, you’ll get the same results that you’ve always got. If you want to get different results, you have to change what you do.
I do hope these ideas have helped you in your pursuit of a purpose driven life.