Life Purpose: 5 Reasons Why it Matters in Your Life

Introduction to Life Purpose

Life purpose is a critical guide for living your life to full capacity. 

Otherwise, you drift about in a directionless fog, moving in one direction then another wasting energy, money. and peace of mind.

That’s how I spent much of my life, moving from one situation to another without a plan without the satisfaction of achievement, or even an idea of what I would like to do with this thing called life that I had been given.

I know from hundreds of conversations with others that I am not the only one having difficulty with this subject.

Before I continue with the five reasons why finding your life purpose matters, I want to share a definition to help guide our conversation.

The Definition of Purpose

I use the World Book Dictionary, my favorite dictionary to consult:

Purpose: 1. something one has in mind to get or do: plan, aim intention.

I’ve highlighted the word “do” in the definition because I believe your purpose is a “giving action” rather than an “action of acquisition” implied by the word get.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have a goal like: earn a million dollars.

Your goal of earning a million dollars would be to further your purpose of creating an endowment for single mothers, as an example.

Continuing on now that we have common ground lets take a look at some of the reasons why having a life purpose is important to you.

 

 

 

Helps You Live Longer

Yep that’s right, I’m not making that up. People with a higher purpose in life live longer. 

I’d say that’s a pretty good motivator to work on finding your life purpose.

A growing body of literature suggests that having a sense of purpose in life is associated with both physical and mental health and overall quality of life. Purposeful living has been defined in various ways. In general, purpose in life can be defined as “a self-organizing life aim that stimulates goals,”1 promotes healthy behaviors, and gives meaning to life.
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Helps Us Focus On What's Important

Finding you life purpose is like the last piece of the puzzle fitting into place.

Now you can see the big picture, the overall direction of your life.

You now have a guide to make sure you stay on your path.

Having a purpose gives us an extra boost of energy and encourages us to engage in the world around us in a way that allows us to further that purpose. 

It helps us create meaning new relationships with people who have similar goals to us.

Instead of a vague sense of self, we are instilled with a clearer sense of who we are.

And on top of that, our achievements are more satisfying because they are intentional.

We included our purpose and mission right on the logo so every time we see it we are reminded of our task each and every day

 

After working with more than a million people all over the world, I have come to believe that each of us is born with a unique life purpose.

Clarity of Action

Have you ever experience the agony of trying to make a decision.

If you have no life purpose this becomes a coin toss. Heads or tails.  Lady luck. The way the wind blows.

But with purpose, you have a clarity of vision and of action.

You can use simple questions: if I do this, then will that help my life my purpose, or will it move me away from that purpose?

If you have clarity you know what actions you need to take.

This also helps in setting goals for yourself.

Is this goal on purpose? If it doesn’t move you forward then it doesn’t serve you. 

Therefore your life purpose helps you make quicker decisions, to move fast when you need too.

And more importantly, people will notice  you as a decision-maker, respect your abilities, and trust in your actions. 

 

“When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”

Congruence or Alignment

Congruence is when what is outside aligns with what is inside.

What you say is what you actually do. There is no space between belief and action.

Without a purpose there is no way to achieve congruence in your life.

What you teach is what you do.

This isn’t an easy state to achieve but as you work to align your dream, and your goals to match your purpose life gets simpler and easier for you.

 

“The core of a balanced life is being congruent in two ways. The first is living in congruence with your values and beliefs for the overall scheme of your life. The second is being congruent in your everyday living. This occurs when your thoughts, feelings, and behavior are consistent and in alignment.”

Helps You l Live a Life of Restraint

We have all experienced a time in our lives when passion ran away with our good sense.

There are myriad examples of this in the news where passion leads to unpleasant consequences.

For example, Hitler had a passion for invading Russia without regard to the lessons of history which clearly illustrated through Napoleon’s failure , the folly of unrestrained passion.

When we have a purpose it serves as the guard rail to help us avoid catastrophic crashes. Purpose becomes a lens through which we learn to practice restraint in order that our lives remain congruent and on purpose.

 

What humans require in ascent is purpose and realism. Purpose you could say is like passion with boundaries. Realism is detachment and perspective . Source: Ryan Holiday Ego is the Enemy

Summary

I hope you’ve gained some clarity on why you need to understand your purpose.

As always if you are not sure about your purpose, it’s not because you don’t have one but that you need to rediscover your purpose.

Quite often people confuse purpose with passion.

Here is how Ryan Holiday explain the difference:

“Passion is about (I am so passionate about ______)

Purpose is to and for (I must do_____. I was put here to accomplish _______.”

Source Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.

Passion without the discipline of purpose can lead to early burnout, obsessive  behavior, and often failure.

Having or rediscovering your purpose offers you

  1. Longer, healthy quality of life
  2. Helps you stay focused on the important things
  3. Gives you clarity of action
  4. Congruence in all your actions
  5. Balances passion with restraint

Learn More About Dream Building and Life Purpose

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Learn about a Vision Statement
What is a Mission Statement
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