“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding
something to live for.” ―Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Some people knew, as far back as they can remember, that they always were drawn to one particular thing. Whether it be painting, writing, or speaking up for the underdog – they knew what they were destined to do with their life. Other people were bound to search for their purpose. However, if you are amongst the latter, and can’t figure out why you are still searching, keeping reading for three reasons you haven’t found your life’s purpose.
1. Think Outside of the Box
One reason you may not have found your life’s purpose is you’ve limited your scope. Many people only think inside the parameters of their everyday lives. They consider the activities of their associates, friends, family members, and even people they see on social media, but don’t actively expand their horizons. Your destiny may lie outside of the familiar. To find it, think outside of the box. Research the unusual. Use your imagination. Remove the boundaries and limits you’ve placed on yourself and allow your purpose to flow into uncharted territory. Be the first person you know to pursue it and inspire others to think big too.
2. Make Time
Another reason you may still be searching for your purpose is you have an overfilled schedule. To uncover your purpose, you may need more free time. If your every waking moment is consumed by work, running errands and taking care of other responsibilities, you’ll never have the necessary time (or mental space) to dive into new interests. When you’re overcommitted and barely making enough time for your basic needs (eating, sleeping, exercising, etc.), you don’t have much energy left to devote to lower priority tasks. To unearth your purpose, first, declutter your schedule.
3. You’ve Overlooked a Skill Your Already Have
The last factor to consider is an overlooked skill. You may have a talent or natural ability you’ve dismissed, sat on the back burner or trivialized. You may even have a skill you pursued, but were let down by before. But just because it didn’t work out the first time doesn’t mean it won’t work out this time. Your life’s purpose could be waiting in an unfinished project. It could be hiding in a second chance. Or it may be disguised as a comeback story. Think about the hidden talents you’ve left collecting dust in the attic. In your journey to finding your purpose, revisit those skills to see if one speaks to your heart.
Finding your purpose is one of life’s most fulfilling joys. But there’s no need to panic if you’re still searching. Use these three tips to bring you closer to discovering your passion and chasing your dreams.