Finding Your Purpose #2: Ask Better Questions
Posted by Jeff Jochum on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
[Originally published on my Facebook group: Unique Brand University]
Nobody can tell you what you should do with your life. It is you that has to dig real deep inside of you to find out what you are naturally good at, and what you enjoy doing.
Here’s a list of questions that help you connect with your inner self.
What would you do if you could not fail?
Sometimes we are held back by fear of failing, or we’re afraid that other people – especially those close to us – might judge us. If whatever you would choose to do would be a success – then what would you do?
If you figure out an answer for this – why not do it now?
What do you want to hear at your funeral?
One of the ways to find out what is important to you is to ask questions like, “If I had only six months to live, how would I spend my time?”, and “At my funeral, what would I want to hear said about me?”. We all want to live, love, learn, and leave a legacy. What is the legacy you want to leave? What is the legacy you feel is worth striving for, what would give meaning to your life?
What do you have the most fun doing?
People are great at what they love to do. Have you ever seen a great musician on stage that is totally immersed in his own music? If he wouldn’t absolutely love singing, he couldn’t be that way. You cannot become world class at anything you don’t love.
Steve Jobs said the following at a commencement address: “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
Only what you love can give meaning and purpose to your life. What do you have the most fun doing?
What would you do for FREE for the rest of your life if you had twelve million dollars in the bank?
Think about it hard. Take your time to really nail this. This might very well give you the answer you are looking for.
What would make you proud?
Richard Branson, from Virgin, has said the following: “Above all, you want to create something you are proud of…. That has always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off doing nothing.”
If you had to create something you would be proud of, what would it be? Forget peer pressure and what society expects from you. What would make you proud? What is the one thing you feel would be worth giving everything for you? Screw it, just do it.
Whose life do you want to be living? Who are your greatest role models?
When you admire someone, it shows the qualities you want to have or the kind of things you want to achieve in your life. Think about what your role models have in common and what is it about them that you admire. If you would achieve the same things, how would that make you feel? Would pursuing those goals give you something you want to strive for?
Find your love and passion; pursue it and you will find success. Yes, every beginning is hard and requires an effort. That’s the way it is. You may never reach your goals; for that, you will be forgiven. But if you don’t make at least one serious attempt to go for your dreams, would you be able to look yourself in the eye and say: “Naah, I never wanted it anyway”?
Analyze your answers to these questions
Take your time to answer all of the questions here. Once you have them, analyze the answers. Do you see any common themes? I bet you do.
If your business or your job is also your passion, you will find a way to do it, and you will make it through and won’t quit when the going gets tough because you love it.
Life is too short and too valuable to spend it on things you don’t enjoy. Only do the things you love. Start now.
[Content Attribution: Unknown author – e-book published by The One Question in 2010]