Why You Need Meaning in Your Life
The Importance of Meaning and Purpose
Life will be full of ups and downs, twists and turns.
However well you plan your future, it rarely turns out the way you expect.
Having meaning in your life and a sense of purpose is like having an inner compass.
Meaning and purpose keep you on on the right track.
You pursue what’s important and have a source of strength and resolve when things get rough.
Here’s a simple guide to find purpose and meaning in your life.
Discovering Your Purpose
Are you able to articulate your life purpose? Do you have one?
Have you ever even thought about what your purpose in life might be?
If you haven’t don’t worry because most people never do.
The best time to begin is now.
When you don’t have a real and meaningful purpose in your life you drift.
Life becomes a process of moving from one thing to another and repeating old patterns.
The moment you discover and decide on your purpose (why you’re here) your life takes on a whole new meaning.
Throughout history the greatest minds have been asking timeless questions.
"What is life”, “what is the purpose of existence” and “why are we here”.
These are huge macro questions that you could spend a lifetime thinking about.
How to Find Meaning in Your Life
Your values and beliefs are what determine what you consider to be meaningful.
Values are what you consider to be important in your life.
Loyalty or hard work, relaxation and low stress are all examples of what could be your values.
Your beliefs are what form the construct of your reality.
You can believe life is pointless and people are evil.
Or you can believe life is a miracle and people are good.
If you believe it it will be reality for you.
Each belief will create a very different life experience.
To get a life meaning you need to go within and have a look inside yourself.
What's important to you? What's worth living for?
Discover whats meaningful to you and align your goals and daily activities to that.
This is when your life will start to change and your levels of personal fulfilment will increase.
Why Life Can Seem Meaningless
1. The Environment You Grew Up In
The environment you grow up in influences your beliefs, your values, and who you become.
The people you spend time with and the information and data that enter your mind all impact who you become.
If you grew up around people living meaningless lives you wouldn't know any better.
That's not your fault, but it is your responsibility to change.
2. Past Traumatic Experiences
Loss and devastation can destroy any meaning and purpose we once had.
When catastrophe hits you begin to question your beliefs and the sense you had made of things.
“If there was any meaning how could this happen”.
Life loses meaning and purpose.
What you what believed to be true is smashed to pieces and left in its place is an dark abyss – a life void of meaning.
3. You've Never Thought About It
Some people have never thought of their life meaning and purpose.
People get into habitual routines of thinking and acting.
They don't question whether there is be more to life than what they see right in front of their face.
All it takes in one conversation, book or event to change your life by causing a shift in your consciousness to occur.
What is the Purpose of Life?
There is no simple answer to this question.
Everyone has a different answer.
How people answer this question is what creates such enormous diversity in the world.
To a certain extent life is about what you determine it to be about.
There is no meaning to an event other than that which you give it.
Beneath such variety of perspectives there are fundamental consistencies and common human needs.
Life is mostly about personal growth and contribution.
The human need for connection and contribution keep the species alive.
Feeling acknowledged and accepted creates self confidence and self esteem.
This leads to a willingness to take action.
Action creates progress which moves humanity forward.
The purpose and meaning of life is that which you give it.
How to Find Meaning in Your Life
Something worth making sacrifices for will give passion and purpose to your life.
A good indicator of passion is the level at which you enjoy the process.
Something that allows your mind to focus and ‘get out of yourself’ for a while.
Finding purpose is about finding something worthwhile and committing yourself to it.
Sometimes your true purpose is revealed to you, other times you may have to search to find it.
But you do have one.
Don't Know What to Do With Your Life?
If you feel like you don’t know what you want to do with your life then you’re only option is to start doing things.
DO NOT sit around waiting for a purpose to fall from the sky.
You’ll wake up in 20 years no further than where you began, wondering what happened to your life.
Start doing things. Try new activities.
Start moving in a direction, any direction.
Once you start moving you’ll be guided from one stage to the next.
Inertia is death. Avoid it at your peril. Don't stand still keep moving.
Finding Your Purpose
1. Decide What Matters Most
This first stage is about getting clear on your what you want.
What matters to you?
What would give you a feeling of pride and accomplishment in your life?
What activities and behaviours do you need to throw away and which ones will you need to adopt.
How will you become the person you desire to be?
What’s important to you?
What do you want to be, do and have?
2. What Action Do You Need to Take?
Decide what matters to you and what gives you a sense of meaning.
Discover what you need to do to have it. Then think about how you will do it.
This will be the execution strategy you use to move forward from here.
You can alter it along the way but this is your general blueprint.
3. What Are You Willing to Sacrifice?
Once you know what’s important to you think about how close or far away you are from it.
What actions do you need to take to start moving closer to your outcome?
What's required from you to make it happen?
What will you have to sacrifice and what price will you have to pay?
Do you have the answer?
Are you willing to make this sacrifice?
Start Living a Meaningful Life Today
This process isn’t complicated, but quite simple.
Don’t worry about gargantuan leaps that give you overnight transformation.
Focus on micro steps.
Small, consistent, incremental improvements that will move you in the right direction.
Purpose and meaning come from a life inline with your beliefs and values.
Live for yourself. It isn’t as selfish as it sounds.
If you are at your best you then have more to contribute to what you care about.
In this sense when you live a life of purpose and meaning everyone will benefit.
Best Quotes About Living a Meaningful Life
- “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
― Albert Camus
- “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
― Joseph Campbell
- “The best things in life make you sweaty.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
- “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
- “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”
― Roy T. Bennett