Skip to content Skip to footer

Find your purpose: You aren’t going anywhere until you know your ‘why’

It’s a privilege to know what you want to do in life. And while it’s not necessarily the easiest of things to figure out, there are tons of people who are still searching.

The first time you do see talent in yourself, though, there’s a sense of fulfillment you feel that’s second to none.

Your purpose is your heartbeat — your fuel. It’s the thing you want to do every second of every day; the work that doesn’t feel like work; the one thing you can offer that’s different. The dream is that everyone finds theirs and a way to make a living off of it but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

One out of every four workers with a bachelor’s degree is overqualified for their jobs, according to a 2007 study by the Urban Institute.

Sesame Street Television GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

That means college grads, although making more money on average than nongraduates, are only getting hired by gigs that can afford them — jobs that do not adequately utilize their high skill level and that offer low wages.

That means there are a lot of people who are not fulfilling their destiny and living their purpose. That also means it’s imperative to be reminded what your purpose is every day. Just because you’re not doing what you thought you’d be doing with your life mean you should throw out your initial plans. You have to prescribe your purpose to yourself daily.

Write down what your goals are in huge letters where you can’t miss it, pencil in something involving your greater purpose in your everyday to-do list, always have your visions and ideas on your tongue — because otherwise, the dream withers and dies.

Honing in on your ‘why’ should be incorporated in our daily routine because that’s how we sharpen it, zero in on it, and ultimately see it through. If the dream is to be living in our purpose every day, until that happens, we must give our purpose attention every day.

Maintain focus

It’s hard waking up every day having to go somewhere you don’t want to go, doing something that you don’t want to do. While one might say, “that’s life,” the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t have to be yours.

By keeping the ultimate goal — the long-ball, the vision — in the forefront it helps with putting what you’re dealing with in the present perspective. It’s when we lose sight of what we’re doing it for when we become frustrated, distracted and derailed.

Write down who you are and post it somewhere you can’t miss it, set it as a reminder in your phone, encourage your partner to affirm you, etc. No matter what, never lose sight of who you are, no matter where you are.

Law of attraction

Animation Love GIF by Andi - Find & Share on GIPHY

Another reason we should revisit our purpose on the daily basis is that it strengthens our hunger to fulfill it.

The law of attraction states that you will attract into your life — whether wanted or unwanted — whatever you give your energy, focus, and attention to.

If we exercise daily, intentional focus on where we want to be, what we want, who we are, or what we want for ourselves out of life. If we put that much energy into our purpose, life will inevitably fold that way.

When we routinely remind ourselves of who we are, it helps shape us into that idea. Before you know it, who you’ve always said you are is what you become.


Excited Drama GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

One of the most important reasons we should prescribe purpose to ourselves because it builds confidence in what we want — which builds confidence in who we are.

Finding out what you want to do for the rest of your life was the easy part. The hard part is every day, repeating what that is, living it, and acting as if it is a profession far before it is. When we do this we not only master our craft, but we build confidence in believing we deserve it.

Sometimes we don’t get what we want in life because we don’t believe we deserve it. But when we’re steadfast and commit to a vision, after time, it’s hard not to believe we’re deserving.

Let your purpose be heard every day and watch how much more you’ll believe in seeing it happen. The hustle can become taxing and is prone to breaking down one’s spirit. But when we keep in mind where we’re headed and who we’re destined to be, it helps make the journey sweeter.