Inside: How to find your why with helpful worksheet to get you started.
Finding your purpose is something that can prove to be one of the most beneficial and helpful tools in your entire life. It affects everything you do, from your job to your hobbies. Everything is touched by your sense of direction and goals.
So whether you are someone who is searching for your ‘why’ on a specific project or in life in general, I think you have clicked on the right article. I wanted to discuss some of the ways that you can work towards getting more connected to your purpose (aka your why).
I have a few important questions for you to answer, and then at the end, I have a PDF that will give you even more direction when looking for your purpose. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect with this project; it is simply to give you some more insight into your own brain and what will make you feel like you have lived a fulfilled and happy life.
How to Find Your Why
Don’t get it twisted, these questions and worksheets alone are not going to give you all the answers. Those come after a lifetime of experience. But what I hope these questions do for you is start to steer you in the direction of what makes you the happiest and find out what brings you fulfillment.
How to Find Your Why: Questions
By digging deep into our brains and turning our attention to things that we usually ignore, we can learn so much about how to improve our lives and give ourselves a sense of purpose. I think these questions are the perfect place to start. When you write these, really take your time considering each question.
1. What in your life makes you the happiest?
I think when this question comes up, there is normally something that pops into your mind right away that you might try and disregard because you don’t think it has anything to do with your purpose. Well, let’s not do that for this exercise. You need to listen to whatever it is that pops up, regardless of whether or not you deem it worthy of your purpose.
If you love to cook, perhaps your purpose could involve creatively caring for others. If you enjoy doing crafts with your kids, perhaps you enjoy enriching the lives of children. Whatever the case, just pick one thing and don’t overthink it.
2. What kind of goals do you want to accomplish before you die?
Hitting you hard with the second question, but it is important. What kinds of goals do you want to achieve before you die? In other words, what would you regret not doing if your time was coming to an end?
It’s kind of dark, but it’s a fact of life: we all go. And I know for a fact, when we consider that our time here is not permanent, it makes us appreciate life a bit more. So, what kinds of things do you want to do before you die. Write down as many as you feel like, there are no right or wrong answers.
3. What is your absolute dream regardless of limitations?
If you didn’t have to think about logistics, what does your dream life look like? I am not saying to describe some crazy life on mars scenario that you dreamed in your sleep once, but rather the kind of life that you yearn for.
Many people allow their dreams to slip away in favor of fear disguised as practicality. And I am paraphrasing the great Jim Carrey here, but here it goes: You can fail at the things that you don’t want, so why not try and go for the things that you LOVE.
It’s all very true. So get into it, and think about what you want every aspect of your life to look like.
4. In your daily life, what makes you feel fulfilled?
Things that make you happy and fulfilled are closely related but are still a little different. Happiness can be brought to you by something as simple as eating a cookie. While fulfillment takes a little more work.
I think I feel most fulfilled when I finish something that I work really hard on, or when I spend some quality time with my family that I know the kids will remember forever. I feel fulfilled during quality actions. What kinds of things make you feel fulfilled in your daily life? Write down as many as you want.
5. What is one way you want to help the world?
Don’t over think this one too much either. You don’t have to solve all of the world’s problems, but with this question, you learn of a focus that you may be able to slowly work on over a lifetime.
For me, my goals with this are not so much on a large scale, but on a smaller one. I want to leave the world a little better than I found it. If we all did this, the world would import drastically. So don’t overwhelm yourself if you aren’t finding anything that floats your boat right away when it comes to questions like this.
They are more so to help steer you in a positive direction.
Find Your Why Worksheet
Once you are done with those questions, analyze your answers. Try to find any patterns that you can pick out throughout them, I think you will be surprised by how many you find. If you want some more direction, I totally understand. This is a seriously big thing to work on, so maybe those 5 questions alone won’t cut it.
If this is the case for you, then I think you would love the worksheet I included down below. It is one of the most helpful ones that I have worked with, and it’s super colorful too. I don’t know about you but I enjoy working with worksheets that are cute because it makes me even more excited.
Here is the worksheet to download and print for your own processing:
Once you are done with this, follow the step above and sit to review your answers to find any correlations and patterns. Try and see your common goal here.
So… do you feel more connected with your purpose? I hope so! This area of self care and growth is one of my favorite things to work on in life. Something about it to me feels so fulfilling and comforting. It makes me realize that the answers are actually in us, waiting to be found.
Knowing this information will not only help you to find more happiness in your life, but it will help you to accomplish your goals. Whether you are finding your ‘why’ in regards to starting a business or in life in general, it has a huge impact.
Speaking of starting a business, check out this list of the best books for female entrepreneurs! I think that reading new information about people who are interested in similar things to us succeeding can make our dreams into a reality much quicker. So what are you waiting for? Take a look!