It might be a harsh truth to accept, but if you are stuck and cannot find purpose, you must get out of your head first.
We all want to find meaning in our work. To feel like what we’re doing is important and that we’re passionate about it. But sometimes, finding your passion or a sense of purpose can be challenging.
Besides, when we’re stuck in a job that we dislike, it can be hard to see the meaning of what we’re doing. As a result, we may wonder why we’re even doing it.
Every day, we wake up and go through the motions of getting ready for work. Yet, we doubt whether our future will differ from our current reality. We feel anxious about the tasks ahead of us. And, as we walk through the door of our workplace, we enter a state of misery. Our doubt and anxiety have transformed into a sense of gloom, and this feeling follows us home, impacting our relationships and overall outlook on life. The cycle repeats itself day after day until we can no longer see a way out.
But it is important to remember that what may not seem like purposeful work to us may be exactly what someone else is looking for!
We each have talents and passions that can be used in various ways. It’s up to us to figure out how we can use them to make a difference in the world.
The beauty of purpose is that it isn’t about you. It’s about making an impact on the world around you. It’s about contributing something meaningful to the lives of others. When you’re living with purpose, you’re not focused on your own needs and wants. Instead, you are laser-focused on making a difference in the lives of those around you. And that’s what makes purpose so powerful. It’s the ability to see beyond yourself and to make a positive impact on the world. So if you’re ever feeling lost or uncertain, the first thing to remember is that your purpose is not about you. It is about your contribution.
However, if you have considered all of this already and still going around in circles, three things are probably getting in your way.
You are spending too much time focussing on the negative stuff. Your limiting beliefs about yourself, others, and the world are getting in the way. And you have a romanticised expectation of what finding purpose will feel like.
So here is what to do instead.
1) Change Your Mindset Into A Positive One:
The first step is acknowledging that you have the power to choose how you want to think and feel about yourself, others, and the world around you. You can choose to focus on the negative or the positive. It might not seem like it, but it really is that simple. If you want to find purpose, start by looking for the good in every situation. Instead of fixating on what’s wrong, look for what’s right. This doesn’t mean you ignore problems or sweep them under the rug. It just means that you don’t dwell on them or give them more attention than they deserve. When you consciously focus on the positive, you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel and how much easier it is to find purpose.
2) Question Your Beliefs And Start Making Better Belief Choices:
Your beliefs influence your thoughts, emotions, and actions, so choosing them wisely is important. If your current beliefs are not serving you well, it’s time to change them. This isn’t always easy, but it is possible. Start by becoming aware of your beliefs and then question them. Are they really true? Do they help you or hinder you? Are they based on facts or emotions? Once you’ve identified which beliefs are not helpful, start making better belief choices. Choose thoughts and beliefs that inspire you, empower you and help you move closer to your goals. Remember, thoughts become things, so choose wisely!
3) Be Prepared To Take Action That Might Feel Uncomfortable:
Finding purpose often requires taking action even when we don’t feel like it or are afraid of failing. This can be scary, but it’s also necessary to create lasting change in our lives. When we step outside our comfort zone, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and opportunities for growth. This is because when we stay within the confines of what is comfortable, we limit ourselves both personally and professionally. By pushing ourselves to try new things, we gain invaluable experience and knowledge that can help us in our personal and professional lives. Additionally, stepping outside our comfort zone allows us to build confidence and become more resilient. It can also be a fun and exciting way to add meaning to our lives.
So if you’re feeling stuck, take a deep breath and take that first step forward, even if it feels uncomfortable. Remember, courage is not the absence of fear; it’s the willingness to act despite our fears. Be brave and take action!
In conclusion: if you’re feeling stuck and can’t seem to find purpose, it’s probably because you’re spending too much time focussing on the negative stuff. Your limiting beliefs about yourself, others, and the world are getting in the way. And you have a romanticised expectation of what finding purpose will feel like. Purpose is about the impact we make in the world, serving others, and contributing. Meaning is about leaving a legacy.
So if you are still unsure of what yours is, here is what to do instead: change your mindset into a positive one, question your beliefs and start making better belief choices, and be prepared to take action that might feel uncomfortable at first. Start by being grateful and seeking support if you feel in a loop of negative thinking that you cannot come out of.
Trust that if you take these steps, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your goals and living a much more fulfilling life.