Lacking Purpose In Your Life? 9 Steps To Uncover Your Purpose

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If it seems that life has no purpose, and you're experiencing an existential crisis, the world can seem pretty bleak.

Feeling that life has no meaning can make you question everything about who you are or why you even exist.

Maybe you're not quite so philosophical, but you seem to lack a guiding principle for your life. You find yourself thinking, “My life has no purpose, and I don't know why I'm doing what I'm doing.”

Perhaps your job has grown stale, or you don't know if you're in the right career at all.

Are you spending time with the right people?

Living up to your potential?

Going in the right direction?

These questions feel impossible to answer when you have no idea what drives you and have no purpose guiding your next move.

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Passion vs. Purpose: 9 Essential Differences And Why You Need Both

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If you’re like most people, you might get confused about the meanings of passion and purpose.

You might get them mixed up, misaligned, or even use them interchangeably. 

Both are powerful forces of nature that dictate the course of your life.

While they are related in some ways, they are quite different.

Knowing those differences will help make it easier to follow your passions and guide you toward your true life purpose. 

Here we’ll define each, discuss their differences, and answer some frequently asked questions.

(Sidebar: You may want to check out this post on How To Write A Personal Mission Statement)

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What To Do When You Feel Lost In Life

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Have you found yourself thinking, “Life should be more than this?”

If so, maybe you're feeling lost about the difference between your current life and what you hoped your life would be.

Author and creativity coach Eric Maisel coined the term “existential intelligence” to describe the weight carried by those with a high sensitivity to the inherent meaning in everything they do.

If you don’t see your daily activities as a meaningful contribution to your life’s purpose, the discord can make you feel anxious and unsettled.

If your job makes you feel dead inside, if your love relationship is stuck in a negative spiral, or if you look in the mirror and want to cry at your reflection, you’re probably feeling lost and wondering how to get to the life you wanted.

Or maybe you’ve already told yourself, “I feel lost in life. But there’s nothing I can do to change that.”

The good news is you’re wrong. There’s always something you can do to reverse your situation.

Whether that something will change your life overnight isn’t for me or anyone else to say, but everything you do matters.

Before we address what to do when you feel lost, you need to know why you’re feeling this way.

And that starts with asking a few questions.

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37 Of The Best Quotes About Finding Your Passion

Have you found it yet? That thing that lights you up? That makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning? That gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment in life?

We're talking about your passion — whether you enjoy it in your career, a hobby, volunteer work, or some kind of side gig.

And we want to inspire you to embrace your passion with a list of the best “follow your passion” quotes.

Having something you feel passionate about is life-altering, even if you only pursue it part-time or after work. Having a passion can :

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The Ultimate Guide To Making A Powerful Vision Board

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You've heard about vision boards and how powerful they can be.

You may have even heard you can manifest your dreams and attract wealth and success by using them.

But a vision board isn't about magic or wishful thinking.

Rather, it's a practical tool to help you reach your goals and make positive change in your life.

It's more about clarity, visualization, and daily, purposeful action.

It's about knowing what you want for yourself and your future, and showcasing those goals and dreams on a visual inspiration tool.

Welcome, then, to the ultimate guide on how to make a vision board that will help launch you toward the life you want.

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How To Find Your Passion With These 40 Life Events

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A few years back, I didn't know what the hell I was doing with my life.

One phase was coming to a close (raising kids, a career in PR), and I was stuck in that netherworld of uncertainty about my next steps.

Frankly, I didn't have any idea how to go about finding my passion.

I’d been trying to figure it out for over a year without much success. Nothing seemed intriguing, and the things that did were clearly out-of-the-question (ie: become a professional ballet dancer).  

I sometimes wondered if I even had a passion.

One of my efforts did bear some fruit. After taking several personality and career assessments, I began to see a pattern related to my interests. Counseling and coaching were two careers that kept appearing on my radar screen.

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The Life Passion Journal: Journal Your Way To Your Dream Life

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“I'm making a ton of money. I have a job other people would kill for. I can buy anything I want. But I'm miserable.”

Those were the words of one of my coaching clients a few years ago who was searching for his life passion.

From all appearances, he was in an enviable situation. He had a great job, making a lot of money. He had all of the trappings of a fabulous lifestyle.

But it just wasn't fulfilling. He wasn't passionate about his work, and he was discovering that money and things weren't enough to sustain him.

Fortunately, he could afford to hire a coach to help him find his passion, and he could comfortably make a transition to his passion once we worked together to find it.

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How To Find Your Passion And Do The Work You Love

Hey, what's happening with your life right now?

Are things going pretty well?

Are you happy with your job?

Most days do you feel fulfilled and enthusiastic about what's going on in your world?

I hope you do — but if you don't, you're not alone.

Most people would give their lives a C+.

Things are okay. Nothing terrible is happening.

Some parts of life are pretty good, but on the whole, your day-to-day is rather ho-hum.

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