Examples Of Life Goals (How to find your life’s purpose)

In this world full of the hustle and bustle, getting lost in your direction and goals is easy. But no worries, if you’re someone who’s still looking for your life’s purpose, I’ll give you some real-life goals that can lead you to the answer to why you exist.

It’s not easy to find your life’s purpose; to do this, you must start within yourself. Find your purpose by laying down all your life goals, which can lead you to a specific overview of your future.

These goals include learning and mastering a formidable skill, avoiding procrastination, being more proactive, building and maintaining healthy relationships, continuous learning, volunteering, sharing, being kind, reflecting, and living stress-free lives.

If you wake up every day without planned goals, I would say your day and the coming years will be meaningless. 

To feel life’s satisfaction and fulfillment, you need to challenge yourself and imagine what you want your future to look like. And that’s where your goals will lead you, that will soon direct you to your life’s purpose. 

So, without further ado, let’s dig into these goals and see how they can lead you to something meaningful and purposeful.

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Learning and mastering a tough skill.

Learning and mastering a challenging skill is one of the best ways to feel more confident in your ability to handle life’s challenges. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, speak another language, or make a mean cup of tea, now is the time!

It’s also one of the best ways to find your life’s purpose. But how exactly?

When you’re discovering and learning a new skill, you have to focus on something that makes you feel like you’re getting better at it. The more you work and pursue it, the more you can see how much progress you’ve made. And when we see ourselves making progress, we feel good about ourselves!

By exploring things, you’ll surely see yourself in the future doing that kind of thing with your whole heart on it.

See this example.

  • If you love teaching, then why not pursue a teaching degree today? Besides, teaching is a hard-earned skill! And maybe your life’s purpose is to be an instrument for youth to reach their dreams.

The takeaway here is that when you master a tough skill, it gives you confidence in yourself and your abilities. That confidence is really important to figure out what your life’s purpose will be. 

Avoiding procrastination.

Procrastination is a common habit that many of us have. It’s so easy to put off what we need to do until later, especially if it seems like an overwhelming task. But did you know that procrastination can also be a way of avoiding our true purpose in life?

If you feel like you’re stuck about what to do with your life, maybe it’s because you’ve been putting off the tasks that would help you get closer to knowing your purpose.

You might already know your purpose, but you feel like too many things are pulling at your time and energy. Hence, you stay busy with other things instead of focusing on what matters most to you.

So, I’ve collected and listed some tips to help you stay on track.

 Make a habit of starting small.

Start by tackling the most manageable tasks first so that you can build up momentum. This will make it easier to tackle more complicated projects.

Use your calendar to remind yourself what needs to be done.

You can’t avoid procrastination if you don’t know what needs doing! Make sure that everything that needs doing is on your calendar so that you’ll have no excuse not to do it when the time comes around.

Set aside time in your day precisely for doing things that are hard for you or take longer than usual.

This way, when those tasks come up, they won’t seem so daunting, and neither will putting off dealing with them until later!

Be more proactive.

You’ve probably heard the term “proactive,” and you may have a vague idea of what it means. But what does being proactive really look like?

There are two kinds of people living in this world.

  1. Those who wait for things to happen.
  2. Those who make things happen.

If you’re in the first camp, you’re probably wondering how this could help you find your life’s purpose in the world. The short answer is that being proactive can help you see opportunities that might otherwise elude you. And opportunities are significant because they are often the key to finding your purpose.

Being proactive simply means.

  • Taking action when something happens.
  • Anticipating change and preparing yourself for what’s to come.
  • Taking charge of your life in general and making things happen.
  • You get more done and feel much more confident about yourself.
  • You build a fantastic work ethic that will serve you well throughout your career and beyond.

Build and maintain healthy relationships.

Believe it or not, healthy relationships help us find our purpose in life.

When you have great relationships, you’re surrounded by people who lift you up, make you feel supported, and help you achieve your goals. So it makes sense that this is a crucial part of finding your life’s purpose: when you surround yourself with those who make your dreams possible, it’s easier to know what those dreams are.

But what does a healthy relationship feel and look like?

  • You criticize each other but constructively.
  • You honestly and openly tell each other what to improve without feeling insulted.
  • You lift each other’s confidence and spirits.
  • You support each other in any way you can.
  • You remind each other of your goal and redirect you when you’re lost.

Never stop learning something every year.

Learning something new every year is a great way to keep your brain sharp and engaged. It also helps you to avoid feeling trapped in your own routine. And it’s an excellent opportunity to learn about things that interest you but weren’t part of your education. 

This is why finding time for learning in our lives is so important. It makes us more well-rounded people and can even help us discover our life’s purpose!

Volunteering.

Volunteering is a great way to help you find your life’s purpose. It’s important to remember that this isn’t a one-time thing, and it’s not about the amount of time you spend helping others. 

Volunteering can be as simple as allocating a few hours, or it can be something that takes up multiple days per week. You may also want to try joining an organization that is part of your community or has ties to your family history or culture.

But what can volunteering do for you?

  • It’s about taking in the experiences and learning from them.
  • It’s seeing what other people are facing together with their needs, and we can take those observations and use them to guide us toward our own life purpose!
  • When we help others, we learn more about what makes us happy and how we want to spend our time in the future!

Sharing and kindness.

Sharing and being kind are two things that can help you find your purpose simply because they open your heart to others. When you share with someone else, it’s a way of connecting with them; when you’re kind to someone else, it’s a way of caring for them.

When you connect with others, you build relationships that are important to your life, such as your friends and family members who support you in good times and bad.

When you care for others, you feel more connected to humanity. And when we feel connected to others, we feel more connected to ourselves, making it easier for us to find our own purpose.

But how exactly do you show the act of sharing and kindness?

  • You can share your stuff! If you have more than one apple and feel generous, why not offer one to a friend?
  • You can show kindness by volunteering your time.
  • There are different ways to get involved without committing considerable time or energy, whether donating blood or helping at a soup kitchen.
  • You can also help out by giving other people compliments!
  • Give them some constructive criticism if someone asks for their clothes or makeup advice.

Reflection and self-evaluation.

In order to discover the life you were meant for, you must be able to see yourself. Reflection is a tool that helps you do this. It allows you to look at your inner workings and see what makes you tick. It also enables you to understand why certain things happen in your life, how they impact you, and what motivates you and what doesn’t.

Self-evaluation is also an essential part of this process because it helps us understand our strengths and weaknesses. Which can help us take steps toward reaching our goals.

Here are some ways you can reflect and reevaluate yourself.

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Keeping a journal.
  • Talking to someone else, preferably a professional counselor.

Live a stress-free life.

How can living a stress-free life help you find your life’s purpose? It will help you better know yourself and what you want out of life. You’ll be able to focus on what matters most and not get distracted by all the other things that can cause stress in daily life. This will allow you to pursue your goals with a clearer mind so that they are easier to accomplish!

For me, there are two main ways you can live a stress-free life.

Don’t take on too much at once.

Your brain has a limited space responsible for processing information, so don’t overload it with too many tasks or responsibilities at once! You should also ensure that each task is as simple as possible; your brain won’t have trouble focusing on just one thing at a time.

Set aside time each day for relaxation and reflection.

This could be as simple as strolling, walking around the block, or listening to music. At the same time, you meditate for 20 minutes before bedtime every night, whatever works best for you! The point is that when you take time out, you can regain what’s lost and bring back your focus again.

Be SMART!

No one can decide your life’s purpose but you. And if you let someone else define it for you, they will only ever define it in terms of what they want.

I said earlier that you need to set goals to find your purpose. Living a goal-directed life is such a fulfilling one. You’ll save resources if you set a goal for yourself as early as today.

But I would also like to highlight that you need to be careful in setting your goals. With that, what I mean is that you need to be SMART.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Specific. You need to set goals in particular and should not be vague. Be as detailed as much as possible.

Measurable. You need to set goals that have specific numbers or outcomes attached.

Attainable. It is all about setting realistic goals for yourself. Do not try to set impossible goals you cannot accomplish within the timeframe.

Relevant. Only set goals that have something to do with your passion and interests. Your goals should be focused on yourself and not on others’ expectations.

Time-bound. Always give a deadline, roadmap, or timeline when you set a goal. This is important to see if you’re making progress or not.

Your purpose is yours to chase and to keep!

The truth is that finding your life’s purpose is a lifelong process.

It’s not an easy journey, and it requires some serious soul-searching. But it’s worth it! You might think that you don’t even have a life’s purpose yet, so how could you possibly know what it is? But trust me: you do have one. 

And if you’re feeling confused or stuck about what to do with your life, I’m here to tell you there is always a way forward!

You might think that people are born with their life’s purpose already set in stone, but that’s not true at all. Your life’s purpose isn’t something that just happens to you. It’s something that we all have the power to create for ourselves. 

And here’s the secret! By finding our own paths and following them, even if they aren’t always straightforward or easy, we’re actually helping other people find theirs as well! 

Garo Kotchounian

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