What does finding your purpose mean? Where do you look for it? How does it benefit your health and wellness?
Finding your purpose can sound like a Hallmark sentiment, though there are actually a lot of studies that show a strong connection between being rooted in a sense of purpose and a healthy, happy life supported by optimal health and a sense well-being.
According to Corey Keyes, a leading researcher at Emory University, purpose can be defined as the “quality of being determined to do or achieve an end that employs one’s gifts, brings a deep sense of worth or value, and provides a significant contribution to the common good.” There is both an inner sense of gratification and an outer sense of contribution to something bigger than ourselves. I believe we all have an intrinsic desire to leave the world a better place. It’s what has fueled humanity from the beginning of time. Progress is steeped in purpose and capitalizing on our divine gifts.
1: What lights you up? What topics interest you? What energizes you to take action? Practice self-observation and pay attention to what you find yourself thinking about, reading, listening to, sharing with friends and family. Keep a journal or jot notes in your smart phone for a few weeks. Then look back on it to notice any themes or similarities.
2: What companies or professionals do you admire? What mission statements resonate with you? Consider the companies you interact with as a consumer. Read over their mission statements. Research how they contribute to society. What resonates with you?
3: What are you doing when you lose track of time? What do you find yourself wanting to do more of?
4: What problem(s) in your community (micro level) or society (macro level) do you want to solve?
5: Who do you want to help? When you approach the question, what is your purpose, with a service-oriented mindset, it opens you up to see the bigger picture.
Take time with these questions. Finding a profession or mission that resonates with you can take months. As you explore what comes up, new doors will open. As you take action, small steps each day, you will find it gets easier and more intuitive.
Another aspect of purpose is it can change and evolve over time depending on the season of life you are in. For some, their purpose moors them their entire life, for others it can ebb and flow depending on the circumstances of their life. Be open to both.
Discovering your purpose is an exciting and fun experience that unfolds over time. Give yourself the time and space to ponder the questions above and don’t let up until you resonate with a mission so strongly you know it’s for you. The benefits to your health and wellness can last a lifetime.
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Ashley Logan is a Certified Integrative Health Coach, writer and workshop facilitator who helps women create actionable strategies that support physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness for optimal health.
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