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Your purpose in life can affect how you will be remembered. Ask yourself how you can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
A big question hits on people’s mind is Why Am I here?
Here are the 5 things to reflect on to discover your own meaning of life originally published at Success.com
“Having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life.” —Tom Thiss
Have you discovered your purpose—why you’re here, what you’re meant to do? How do you know when you have? And why do you need to find it?
Because it’s where you find fulfillment and satisfaction. It’s what gets you out of bed in the morning and makes time fly. “Your purpose may be to be an incredible parent, teacher or nurse, or to bring joy to people through the arts,” writes well-being author James McWhinney. “Your purpose is highly important regardless of the size or scale of reach—every single person has an important role to play.”
Some people seem to be born knowing what brings them joy and meaning. Most of us, though, need help figuring it out for ourselves. Here are 5 questions to get started:
1. What makes me feel happy and alive?
Your purpose is often related to what you love to do. It might—or might not—be connected to your career, or you might find it while volunteering or in your favorite hobby. Think about what you most look forward to and consider how you can expand those activities into more of your life.
2. What am I good at?
Don’t be so humble! We all have talents and skills—what are yours? You might have the ability to build things, the patience to be a mentor or the vision of a leader. You’ll find more success in using natural strengths than in trying to get rid of your self-perceived weaknesses.
3. If income didn’t matter, what would I be doing?
This question often leads directly to the discovery of your purpose. The answer can point you in the direction of your true happiness. Maybe you work in a large corporation but dream of being an entrepreneur. Don’t let yourself get stuck; start taking small steps to reach your goal.
4. How can I add greater value to the world?
When you take time to become self-aware, you can see where to use your knowledge and skills. You might be passionate about helping the elderly, building a new playground for the neighborhood or changing laws in your city. Each of us has unique interests that can be used to make the world a better place.
5. What will be my legacy?
Your purpose in life can affect how you will be remembered; it’s an opportunity to leave your mark on the world. Ask yourself how you can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
When you begin to consider your purpose, you are on your way to the happiness and enthusiasm that will enrich your life, and the lives of others. Your natural focus will drive you to reach your goals—and you will become successful, on your own terms. Why not start today?
“Somehow between childhood and adulthood, many of us quash our natural inclinations to dream and do big. Tiger kids become scaredy-cat adults, hampered by self-limiting beliefs.”
Most of the struggles we go through in life comes from our self limiting beliefs”
Stop limiting yourself with doubt, and start accomplishing your dreams today with this advice.
Surround yourself with “positive people who do great things. They make us realize what we are capable of.”
When you replace negative limits in your beliefs about yourself with positive images that focus on your potential, “your success increases exponentially.”
“Self-limiting beliefs are everywhere and a part of all of us, to greater or lesser degree,” says Bruce Frankel, author of What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life?”
Put another way: Eliminating self-limiting beliefs is entirely doable.
A first step in moving forward is to recognize that you need to get out of your own way to get ahead.
The second step is to know that many self-doubters aren’t even aware that they are their own enemies—they constantly seek permission or approval before moving forward. If you’re perpetually working toward another “qualification, certification, designation or degree,” odds are you’re stalling and need to have a frank talk with yourself.
In order to conquer self-limiting beliefs, taking action is key. “Motion beats meditation.” Positive quotes and inspiring refrigerator magnets will only go so far. You won’t move forward until you move to get out of your own way.
To read four common self-limiting beliefs and the action steps you can use to bust through them, starting today read the full article here.
1. Swami Vivekanand:- I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.
2. Swami Vivekanand:- Why has life become complicated now?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Stop analyzing life.. It makes it complicated. Just live it.
3. Swami Vivekanand:- Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.
4. Swami Vivekanand:- Why do good people always suffer?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer.
With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.
5. Swami Vivekanand:- You mean to say such experience is useful?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons .
6. Swami Vivekanand:- Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.
7. Swami Vivekanand:- Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.
8. Swami Vivekanand:- In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
9. Swami Vivekanand:- What surprises you about people?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”
10. Swami Vivekanand:- How can I get the best out of life?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.
11. Swami Vivekanand:- One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.