Start By Creating 3 Lists …

Here’s where it all comes together.

“The intersection of your true values and super powers, backed with relentless passion, is where the magic happens.”

When you find where those things intersect, and then use that for service to others, you’ll find the answers to the two big questions, and consequently, know your purpose.

The equation looks like this:

Your Values + Strengths + Passions + Service = Your Purpose

Don’t let all the different variables discourage you. Once you dedicate some time for introspection and reflection of those variables, you’ll rapidly start to realize the direction you need to move in.

Start by creating 3 lists:

  1. Your values

  2. Your strengths

  3. Your passions

The key is to figure out how you can combine your passions and strengths in service to a cause, person, community, or organization other than yourself. Do that and your values will fall into place.

The Actual, Practical Part of Living on Purpose

In her groundbreaking book, The How of Happiness, Positive psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky wrote that only 10% of happiness comes from extrinsic incentives like money, fame, and status.

If that’s the case, would you be willing to sacrifice some of the money you’re making in order to do passionate work that’s more fulfilling?

If so, here’s the magic financial formula that you’ll need to know:

  • Your income must be greater than your expenses!

That’s it—the whole secret. If you’re able to start chopping away at your expenses by eliminating non-essential items (like your car, cable TV, eating out, and frivolous shopping), then you’ll create an absurd amount of choices and opportunities in your life.

I know it sounds like a massive lifestyle change to get rid of these things, but a massive lifestyle change may be exactly what you need in order to find and live your purpose.

We’ve only got one life to live—and none of us will live forever.

Don’t think that you’re being heroic by “toughing it out” and doing things that don’t fulfill you. As Frankl wrote, suffering when not necessary is masochistic, not heroic!

This journey called life will be over before you realize it. Why spend another second living a life that isn’t personally meaningful to you?