Finding Your Purpose

   Are you doing something you love? Do you wake up feeling energized and excited to keep going (most of the time)? 

   A staple in almost all motivational talks, at some point you will be told, Live your life with passion. While that sounds exciting, what does that really mean? And more importantly, how can you do it?

Live with Passion

   Living with passion really boils down to liking what you do, who you do it with, and who you do it for. Finding people that you care about, and that care about you, is an important step in living with passion. The good news is, you already know these people! These are the people that you already spend your time with, friends, family, community members. 

   The people in these areas that you enjoy spending time with are the people you should spend more time with. And those who you aren’t excited to see? Spend less time with them.

   When you take control over who you are spending the most time with, those energies feed the rest of our lives. We all have people in our lives that, when we’re with, we have excitement and energy, hope and enthusiasm. Spending more time with these people puts us in a better state, and our results are impacted positively. On the flip side, we also know people who have the unnatural ability to suck the air out of an already deflated balloon. We feel exhausted just entering the same room as them, and that also affects our results, but in a negative way. 

   If you want to live with passion, start by simply spending time with, living with, people that light you up inside.

   You know who you want to spend time with, and how much more energized you feel when interacting with those special groups of people. Now what are you doing to find purpose and meaning?

How do you find your purpose?

   One method that I found particularly helpful was in examining what I talked about with those people that light me up. What problems did people come to me for advice for? Where did our conversations naturally lead to?

   For me, these topics were focused heavily around a few core areas; personal finance, career growth, and health and fitness. These were the areas of life that I had a natural affinity for, or at least an interest that led to the pursuit of knowledge. Finding these areas of interest led to the eventual creation of Business Minded, and you reading this article right now. These areas that I talked about with my friends and family, they are important to many people. And the people who value growth in their careers, who value healthy living, and who value smart financial strategies? These are the people who light me up.

   Most of us already know who we like spending time with, and what we like doing. But taking the time to reflect on these elements can help us aim the direction we want to take our own lives. When was the last time you thought about the direction you were headed in life?

Action Items:

Take some time this week to reflect on your passion and purpose:

   Who do you enjoy spending time with? Who lights you up inside?

   What do you do when you are with these people? What do you talk about? What topics interest you? What problems do people come to you to help solve? 

   If you want to find your purpose, to live with passion, you need to do the things you enjoy, with the people that light you up. Find alignment between those two elements, and not only will you find fulfillment, but the world will be better because of it!

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