A sense of purpose is your key motivator in life. It provides information on where you want to go and how you will get there. Having a defined purpose is beneficial for a number of reasons.
1) It guides your behaviour
Having a purpose is more than just having an end goal. It provides insight into how we want to accomplish our goals, essentially influencing our behaviour through the morals and values we have committed to. A sense of purpose is likely to help us act in ways that we are comfortable with, ensuring that when we finally do reach the summit we can look back and be proud of the manner in which we got there.
2) It provides motivation
Purpose is an overarching motivation that makes us want to get out of bed in the morning. If we know that everything we do is a part of a journey to reach our end goal, we will be more likely to remain driven and committed. It is the thing that will keep us motivated when times get tough and we are struggling to overcome obstacles. Our purpose will help us to see that it is worth persevering.
3) It gives you clarity
Rather than waking up wondering why we bother, a purpose provides clarity around our situation and intentions. It helps us to understand what we want to achieve and how to get there. Clarity makes it easy to track progress and see when we are on the right path.
4) It makes you feel fulfilled
Without a purpose, it can be difficult to feel content. Often people describe feeling lost or dissatisfied and this is usually because they lack a purpose. If you know what you want to be doing and what you hope to achieve, you are likely to be happier with your life even if you havenÕt yet achieved your goals. At least you know that you are working towards something and that in itself can provide fulfillment.
5) It helps you to enjoy life
A purpose makes life fun! Most of the time, a person’s purpose is something they’re passionate about. If you genuinely care about a cause, you will be happy to invest time and money into it.
If you haven’t yet found your purpose, it’s time to think about what you’re passionate about and what you hope to achieve.