It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of just going through the motions. You get up in the morning and follow the same routine, work, eat, sleep and repeat. We so often lose ourselves and what is important to us, or our soul purpose in life.
Jack Canfield, an American author, entrepreneur, and corporate trainer, shares the secrets of living your life with purpose in his book, The Success Principles. Through numerous interviews with highly successful business people and athletes, Canfield came to believe that the true definition of success is "fulfilling your soul's purpose." He believes that each of us is born with a purpose in life and that, for many of us, the purpose has yet to come out and be realized--we are stuck going through the motions instead of finding our real purpose and our real joy in life.
How do we go about discovering what our soul's purpose is? Luckily, Canfield has provided us with two questions that help us explore this at a much deeper level. And, according to Canfield, once we have discovered our soul purpose, we will lead a much more successful and fulfilling, happy life. Who doesn't want that?
1. "What are the two qualities that are most uniquely you?"
Usually, your intuition is more right than you think. If this is the case, you should absolutely follow it. Whatever you think is most you probably is--so don't second guess yourself. You know what makes you happy without needing to think twice about it--don't let your mind get overly involved. If you answer this question honestly and trust your gut, you will become aware of those things that are uniquely you.
Canfield writes, "We are attracted to that which gives us joy. Joy is a feedback system that says you are on purpose when you are experiencing joy." Following that, he names the two qualities which he finds to be the most him, and then he asks himself, "Now, how do I like expressing those qualities the most?" Explore those things that bring you the most joy and you will find your purpose.
2. "If the world were working perfectly, what would it look like according to you?"
Each person has his or her own view of what an ideal place to live looks like. For one person, it might be living in "a spiritually fulfilling, socially just, or environmentally sustainable paradigm." For another, it might be a place where ethics reign supreme--or something as simple as surfing daily or eating healthy food and exercising regularly. Regardless of how you view a perfectly working world, it is important because it is your vision, your ideal world, and taps into your true soul purpose.