How to Live with More Purpose

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Are you currently living an unfulfilled life? Do you feel like you’re not living to your full potential, or experiencing the happiness you want? Often the reason why this can be so, is due to a lack of doing things that truly make you happy and bring out the best in you.

If you’re currently finding this to be a problem for you, then the following tips will help you:

Find your purpose

Each one of has things in our lives that have real meaning to us. It could be strengthening our bonds with our families and friends. It could be making a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than us, or bettering ourselves so that we live more wholesomely.

Find what matters the most to you, and creates a drive in you to do something about it. Such activities are exactly what you want to do to get involved in to help you live with more purpose.

Follow your dreams

Your family and friends will want the best for you. They will want you to do things in life, and behave in particular ways.  However, keep the final decision making for yourself and ensure that what you’re doing is what you really want to do in life and it isn’t someone else’s dream that you end up living.

Increase your focus

Although you might have a number of different callings, work on each one first with focus before moving onto the next. Doing this will help you to put in the needed effort to work on one thing you are passionate about and do it well, before moving onto other interests.

Take responsibility

In order to live with purpose, plan the activities you need to take to realise your dreams and take complete responsibility for the actions you will take to make a difference in the world. By doing this, you’re also taking responsibility for your life.

Stay true to your core values

A wonderful practice to support living a life of meaning is, to stand up for and live out your core principles without compromise. We all have certain beliefs and principles, which are our own truths. By living your life aligned with your core values, your sense of living with purpose will increase.

Be simple

Where possible, simplify what you need in your life, be it the food you eat, the drinks you drink, the clothes you wear and any other material objects you feel you really need, but in reality you can do without. Again, this will allow you to focus more authentically on your purpose and on those other people involved.

Be flexible

You may have set out to do an activity that will increase your sense of purpose. However, the world is full of change as is your own life. As time goes on, and if your own priorities change, be flexible enough to move the goalposts in order to now give focus to other activities, which also hold importance to you.

My friends, it’s over to you:

• What other ways can we use to live our lives with more purpose?
• Please share you valuable views, experiences and thoughts in the comments box below.
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38 Comments
  1. Hi Hiten,

    Wonderful post indeed 🙂

    I think you said it all in here with nothing much left for us to add. However, we can live with more purpose by also being our true selves and living in the moment. I guess sometimes we see people trying to imitate or copy others, and while doing so they begin living in a false image that they create around them, or sometimes such an image is created by others, which isn’t true. Perhaps by living in the moment and living fully you can live with more purpose 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, my friend!

      Many thanks for adding the additional point about living in the moment as a way to live with more purpose. Indeed, this is probably the most important way of all! By living in the moment, we are in a state where we are truly living the way that humans are meant to, but which gets covered and hidden through all the layers, which make up the human experience.

      As you quite rightly said, by copying others and trying to be someone else, we are not being ourselves and are not allowing our true purpose to emerge.

      Many thanks for your brilliant comment, Harleena and have a wonderful week ahead, as well! 🙂

  2. Dr Hiten,
    There are so many ways to live our lives with more purpose. You have said it all with nothing left untouched!
    I will add only one point to the list which is set your daily goals. All the points you mentioned are very self explanatory.
    Thanks for this wonderful post!
    -Seun

    1. Hi Seun,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and I appreciate you saying so!

      Indeed, I’m so glad you included setting daily goals as another way to live with more purpose. I couldn’t agree with you more, as goals give us something to strive for, something to wake up in the morning for and all such things give us a purpose.

      Many thanks for commenting, Seun! Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

  3. HIten, a couple points I’ll make to this excellent tutorial on living with more purpose in our lives.

    One, staying true to your core values. That is critical but probably more critical is discovering what those core values are. The self-discovery of those core values is as important as living them. This process takes conscious thought, experimentation and trial and error of life to realize what’s important to us.

    Also, as you point out, being flexible to our life purpose. It can change over time. And we should be able to accept that. I believe and actually wrote that post for Razwana recently on our journey is our purpose. So, purpose isn’t hte destination necessarily and it’s our journey to get there. We arrive at our purpose by striving towards it, as well as our dreams and goals.

    A final point in my life. I’m changing the concept of purpose for me a bit. I used to think until very recently that I had to follow my purpose and I had to discover what that was. But being on a slightly spiritual path these days, I’ve come to realize that there maybe a divine purpose for me. Trying to understand that and follow that purpose instead of my own is the new journey I’m embarking on.

    1. Hi Vishnu,

      Many thanks for writing such a brilliant comment and for adding such great additional advice!

      What you wrote about the actual finding of our core values being the most important is so true! It got me thinking about my own experiences with this and indeed, it does take some time to find out what truly matters in the world. I think for me, my core values have become solid over the last 5 years and especially after turning 30. I’m sure age has helped in this regards.

      Indeed, the post you wrote over at Razwana’s blog explained the journey being the purpose brilliantly. It’s a bit like when we teach how to set goals and emphasise on the journey as opposed to focusing too much on the end goal. I’m including the link to your guest post for anyone who is interested in reading more about your thoughts on the area of purpose:

      http://yourworkisyourlife.com/to-find-your-dream-job-give-up-now

      Your new journey you wrote about and following a divine purpose is a wonderful approach. I think deep down when I look at it and consider my spiritual and religious beliefs, then I too like you, am following a purpose set by a much higher force.

      Many thanks for leaving such a brilliant comment, Visnhu as you always do. Cheers!

  4. Finding our life purpose is so essential. When we do feelings of significant and fulfillment follow. I think our purpose and passions are closely connected. Meaning those areas we are called to do will also be areas we enjoy. When we work in those areas it creates energy and motivation. Great thoughts!

    1. Hi Dan,

      Absolutely, finding our life purpose is so important. Life just doesn’t seem as enjoyable when we know deep down something is missing, that something which makes us, feel truly alive.

      Indeed, I loved what you wrote about our purpose and passions being linked. As you quite rightly said, those areas that have deepest meaning to us are also those that bring us the greatest of joy.

      Many thanks for leaving such a brilliant comment, my friend.

        1. Hi Dan,

          It’s wonderful that you’re a part of the community! Likewise, I’m honoured to be a part of your community as well!

  5. Yes Hiten,
    Seems pretty good to me. I love to dream and to do things that are puposeful. Don’t know that I have found my true ‘purpose’ however I follow what is meaningful … that’s where the value is. I focus then lose focus … then find it again … a work in progress. Core values are great direction indicators and backups when things get tough … many people are unaware of their values. I like simple, complications are for others. Flexibility allows you to see outside of the box and grow. Thankyou my friend.
    Be good to yourself
    David

    Life Coach. Listener. Solution Finder.

    1. Hi David,

      Indeed, I know you’re a great supporter of dreaming and a teacher of how to make our dreams a reality.

      I can appreciate what you said about finding our true purpose. It’s like what Vishnu said above in that purpose doesn’t need to be the final destination. It can be considered the journey. And in our journeys we have the opportunity to do those activities that are truly meaningful to us. In effect we are living with purpose while on our paths.

      What you wrote about core values being great pointers and backups is so true as well. It’s like when we lose focus; we can remind ourselves what our core values are in order to create focus again.

      Many thanks for leaving such a great comment, my friend and sharing your insights in this area.

  6. This is a interesting topic. Sometimes you do feel that you are living an unfulfilled life from time to time. I suppose, its all finding a purpose and following a dream.

    1. Hi Shalu,

      I’m really glad you found this topic interesting!

      As you said, at times we can feel we are not living life quite as authentically as we like. This in itself is a great sign to find out what truly matters to us.

      Many thanks for commenting, my friend and for showing your support.

  7. I think fun is a good purpose to have. I think we al need to have a bit more fun in our life. Bringing fun and laughter to others is a great life purpose. Someitmes we take ourselves quite seriously!

    1. Hi Jodi,

      It’s great to see you and thank you for adding such a great additional way to increase our sense of purpose, through having fun! Your comment made me smile! 🙂

      I’m totally with you on having fun! I think this should be a purpose for all of us!

      Many thanks for adding so much more to this post, Jodi!

  8. You bring up some good points about purpose Hiten. Purpose is so crucial to living a life of fulfillment, but it’s something so many of us struggle to find. We get stuck living the lives we think we’re supposed to live, instead of the life WE want to live.

    It’s such a shame.

    The nice thing about purpose is that it’s dynamic. It’s not set in stone. Purpose changes as we change. And we can pursue the same purpose in many different ways. There’s just so much possibility for us to live a life of purpose.

    So the single most important step is simply to make the decision. Choose to live a life of purpose. Then follow through with the actions necessary.

    Cheers!

    1. Hi Trevor,

      You made some excellent points in your comment! In particular, I can really appreciate what you wrote about getting stuck in the lives we think we’re supposed to live instead of the life we want. There is a massive difference between the two and many people can live for years and years in such a way. I agree it is a shame, Trevor.

      You’re spot on about purpose being fluid and it’s important to remind ourselves of this, and not get stuck in believing that purpose needs to be rigid. As we grow as people, what is important to us changes and as you said, this makes our purpose change as well.

      I loved what you said about making a decision to live with purpose. Indeed, as you stated, it is simple as this, yet profound as well.

      Thanks for sharing some great insights into this area, Trevor and for adding so much more value to this post! Cheers!

  9. Hiten, Purpose is so essential to living a fulfilling life; it is the spark in our step, our words, and in our actions. Another angle to live purpose-filled is to do the work necessary. Although this sounds boring, it is what enables us to really do our purpose. It takes time to get it right as well as make it pop.

    We see people seemingly living their purpose and we think it was “easy” from afar. Digging deeper in, we usually find that they spent many days, weeks, months, and years refining it. We just need to get in their and refine our purpose, each and every day.

    Thanks! Jon

    1. Hi Jon,

      I loved the way you explained the essentialness of purpose and many thanks for adding the point about doing the work necessary to live out our purpose. Those things in life that carry the most meaning for us will also have corresponding activities with them. Some of these will be fun, others not so. We need to be prepared to take the rough with the smooth.

      I agree with you. Those who are living with purpose can at times make it look easy. However, their journey usually was anything but easy.

      Many thanks for adding some great insights into this area, Jon and for adding so much more to the post. Cheers!

  10. Finding purpose in life is so important.
    A lot of people wonder how they can overcome their depression problems or other common issues, and eventually realize that the reason why they experience these problems in the first place is due to not having a balanced life.

    In other words, people with depression problems or those who lack self-worth are often that way because they do not feel part of the world due to a lack of direction.
    When you have purpose and in line with what you want to do, suddenly, your world becomes wealthier and more abundant.

    It’s often said that the minute we place too much emphasis on one thing, that thing becomes a central focus of our lives. And if it disappears, that’s when it leads to problems.

    1. Hi Onder,

      Thanks so much for leaving your comment and sharing some great advice on the area of purpose.

      Indeed, as you quite rightly, a lack of self-worth can often be caused by a lack of direction. In order to get over depressive feelings, setting some clear and achievable goals can be a great thing to do.

      I loved what you wrote about putting emphasis on one thing. Such a focus on what we want, which is backed up with persistent action will in the end always lead to achievement. What you wrote in your comment reminded me of the importance of having goals, which we can focus on as a way to ensure we don’t get depressed.

      Thanks again for leaving such a great comment, Onder and for adding so much more to this post!

  11. Hiten, great topic, as usual! In addition to the helpful points you listed above, living purposefully includes acting with intention in all things big and small. In the modern manic society, a lot of us swim in busyness, reacting to life. To counterbalance that, I take the time in the morning to meditate, journal and get grounded, so that I can be intentional with what I do. That way, I’m ore able to choose consciously how I’d like to react to situations from a centered place, instead of letting ego take over. Part of the grounding in the morning includes affirmations I repeat day in and day out that remind me of my purpose and who I really am. That allows me to get calibrated every day. Also, I have a personal mantra, “Do it for Love” which reminds me of my purpose, i.e., to serve and to share love. This mantra helps me to act purposefully and keeps ego reactions in check.

    1. Hi Alice,

      Thank you so much for sharing some wonderful ways we can use to increase our sense of purpose!

      I loved what you wrote about acting with intent and the approaches you personally use to do this! Indeed, in this modern world, we need to consciously make effort to do activities like those you mentioned such as meditating and journaling, in order to get us into the mind-set to act with intent.
      Isn’t it wonderful when we make decisions from a position of balance as opposed to by the ego? It’s like there is an intuitive part of us that has taken over, that authentic Self which acts out of compassion and free of unnecessary thought.

      Your personal mantra “Do it for Love” is wonderful, Alice. As a part of my meditation, I also practice Loving Kindness meditation, in which I spread love to all beings. Such practices can do wonders for our wellbeing and also for other people, as our sense of care for others increases.

      Many thanks for leaving such an amazing comment, Alice. I do appreciate your wonderful support!

  12. Hi Hiten,

    Finding and living our purpose can make all the difference in our lives. I especially resonated with Follow Your Dreams and Increase Your Focus. It all stems from that eternal question, “Why were you put here on earth?” Our task is to find and fulfill our true purpose and to do the work, so that we know we are going deep and not just going through the motions throughout our life. Wonderful post – thanks so much!

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Ah, I just loved your comment! The “why were you put here on earth?” question you shared is a wonderful one to ask ourselves if we are lacking purpose and direction. Indeed, I do hope that all of us in our own ways find our purpose, so that we do things that bring us real joy, as opposed to just floating through life.

      Many thanks for adding so much more to this post, Cathy!

  13. Great advice Hiten. I had an interesting debate with a colleague recently about which comes first – the passion or the purpose. My friend insists our passion serves our purpose, but I wonder if our passion doesn’t lead us to discover our purpose. At least that’s the way it seemed to work for me. What do you think?

    1. Hi Marty,

      I’m really glad you liked the post! Many thanks for sharing the discussion you had with your colleague about whether it is passion or purpose that comes first. I had to get this very thing clear in my mind when I was writing this post. When I was doing this I concluded that purpose will naturally ignite passion. However, after reading your comment I reckon it could work both ways where are you said, our passion leads us to discover our purpose. For instance, if there are certain activities that we are passionate about then when we look deep enough, there’s probably a deep and meaningful purpose which is governing the passion.

      Thanks for asking the question, Marty and have a wonderful week ahead!

  14. Hi Hiten,

    Nice Post, Goals and objectives gives a proper direction to our life that are tremendously important because they are so dynamic and determinative of what we do with the life God has given us. Well defined purpose can help you to move with greater focus and clarity every day of your life. I like the points like fulfill your dreams never take decission in pressure and never compromise with your core values.

    Thanks for sharing….

  15. wow i must say great article. i just loved it.. and its true to live with focusing and taking responsibilities…

    1. Hi Rahul,

      I’m really glad you liked the article and indeed, I agree it is important to take responsibility for our lives.

      Thanks for commenting and have a great week.

  16. Very nicely written Hiten! And your tips are reminders to all of us!
    Loved reading this post!!

    1. Hi Betsy,

      I’m really glad you liked the post and found the tips useful!

      Many thanks for commenting. I appreciate your support.

  17. Hi Hiten,

    I enjoyed your tip on being true to our core values tremendously. We shine brightest when we are authentic. Becoming aligned to our purpose just flows so naturally when we are true to ourselves.

    Great post!

    1. Hi Evelyn,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and in particular, could resonate with the point about being true to our core values. Indeed, as you said, when we are true to ourselves, our alignment with our purpose flows effortlessly. I always feel more grounded when I’m true to my values.

      Many thanks for commenting and for adding more value to this post, Evelyn!

  18. Hello Dr. Hiten sir,

    While reading your article I was always synchronizing with Rhonda Bryne’s most admired work in her book “The Secret”. Whatever you have mentioned is so much resonating with that thoughts. Wonderful, wonderful indeed. The best points in this article were “Responsibility” and “Ethics”. They were the best explanations. Few things which I would like to append in this article are “Constantly revise your purpose” i.e. improvise your purpose, the more you’ll practice achieving your purpose you’ll come to know that what you still need to add up. Moreover “have patience”. I believe growth and maturity are the factors which need “time” and “patience” to give a fruitful outcome. Let it expand and the cosmic energies work best for your purpose. I mean give the “TIME” a chance to do its duty, you are not bound to do each and every thing.

    Thanks a lot for this inspiring post. 🙂

    Regards

    1. Hi Charmie,

      It’s wonderful to see you here and thank you so much for writing such wonderful comment full of such great wisdom!

      I’m not familiar with Rhonda Byrne and will certainly check out her work. What you wrote about revising our purpose is so true. It’s important to not get to stuck and rigid about certain purposes, as they world is full or change and indeed we are also changing all the time. Hence it makes sense to do what you said and be ready to improvise when needed.

      Ah, what you wrote about patience was great! Absolutely, where’s the rush? The rush just exists in our minds. By having focus on our goals, and allowing the natural flow of life to do the rest, we will certainly get to where we want to be.

      Thanks again for commenting. You’ve added so much more to this post, Charmie.

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