What Should I Do?

I know that uncovering your purpose can be slow. It isn't always a bright flash of insight with you saying, "That's exactly what I want to do."

Especially at the beginning of a career, or at a turning point, it can be hard to look at everything you're doing and see with certainty that that's the direction you want to head with your goals. There are two ways to help you think about your purpose.

Visualize your larger goals

Where do you see yourself? It might be a cliche question, and you may have some idea or no idea. Think about what seems cool to you or you would be EXCITED about.

Potential larger life goals might be:
- working from home
- achieving a six figure income
- traveling a month out of the year
- paid speaking engagements
- working with celebrities

These are all big goals you can work to over time. By understanding that these are something YOU WANT, you make it that much easier to reach them. Sometimes thinking about the activity you enjoy can point you in a direction rather than a far off goal.

What you enjoy to do every day

What do you do on your day off?
If you could do one thing and nothing else, what would it be?

This might be the activity you include in your business, or you might end up creating a goal to help you be able to do more of your leisure activities. Use these types of exercises to narrow down what you enjoy doing.

If I'm really stuck, I go to:

  • Making a list of things I want
  • Making a list of things I need
  • Making a list of things I don't like
  • Making a list of what I'll NEVER do

Lists help me think through what I really enjoy versus what I can tolerate doing. By thinking in the context of previous jobs or previous experiences, you can really narrow on what you enjoy doing.
 

If you want some larger questions to ponder about your purpose, consider:

What do you want the world to look like as a result of your contributions?
How would the world be worse off if you never existed?