Finding What You Are Meant to Do

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This week, we are talking about ‘purpose’.

What is it that you are meant to do?

When asked out of the blue, it might be a daunting question to answer. After all, how are we supposed to figure it out? It’s a big ask.

Everyone talks about purpose but no one really talks about how to find it. That’s because finding your purpose is a very individualistic endeavor. It’s a pursuit that needs a lot of introspection and self-work.

No one can just come and tell you what your purpose is. You need to find it for yourself.

So today, let’s try to simplify this process a little. Instead of trying to figure out your life’s purpose, we’ll simply figure out what you enjoy doing.

What is it that you enjoy doing?

The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.

– Terry Orlick
  • Do you like to dance?
  • Do you love cooking?
  • Do you like growing plants?
  • Do you like to sing?
  • Or do you like to write?

When you reframe the question like that, it becomes much easier to figure out the answer. Figuring out what you enjoy doing is often a great place to begin the search for your purpose.

Here’s the thing –

What you are meant to do is probably along the lines of what you enjoy doing.

Your purpose, therefore, would be at an intersection of what you enjoy doing and how you can benefit others by doing it.

Let me share a personal example. I write daily posts on the Internet about happiness, contentment, and personal growth.

When I write these posts, it gives me a sense of fulfillment. I look forward to this part of my day where I sit down to create something that resonates with my soul.

So, to say that my purpose would be along with lines of writing is a good bet to make.

I might be far from the truth. It’s quite possible that I need to explore more in order to figure out my purpose. But I know that I’m on the right path at least.

Figuring out what you enjoy doing

To come to this realization that I enjoy writing more than other activities, I had to try my hand at so many different things.

I’ve spent time learning and exploring singing, guitar playing, motivational speaking, football writing, technical writing, fiction writing, and even scientific research. It was only after exploring different things that I could figure out the thing that I enjoy the most.

You need to adopt a similar approach if you want to figure out what you are meant to do.

Here’s a simple framework that can help you –

  • Sit down and create a list of the top 5 activities that you feel most attracted towards.
  • After writing down these 5 activities, assign one week to each of these activities.
  • Perform these 5 activities regularly for 5 weeks (1 activity for 1 week).
  • At the end of 5 weeks, figure out the activity that you enjoyed doing the most. Find that one activity that felt the most effortless and enjoyable.
  • Now focus on this 1 activity and do it every day for an entire month. If you still enjoy doing it, you’ve probably found what you are meant to do.
  • Done for long enough, you’ll naturally find your purpose within this 1 activity.

If it doesn’t work, you can retry the same exercise with 5 new activities.

The point is to keep exploring until you find something that you truly enjoy.

Now that you have the framework, I would love to know what 5 activities you enjoy doing the most.

Let me know by replying to this email.

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That’s all for this week.

See you next time. Stay safe and take care.

With love,

Shikhil Vyas

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