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Self-regulation resources and training to support children’s mental health

Finding Your Purpose

Finding our purpose is possibly the most valuable thing we can do in our lives. Waking up each day with a deep sense of belonging and reason and purpose is an important ingredient for a happy and fulfilling life.

Once we find our purpose, we might feel our life changing direction. When we know what we love doing, we might just find ourselves taking up hobbies or using long lost old skills.

Do you know your purpose? Do you know what makes you tick?  

Here are some simple questions to help you find your purpose. Take some time out and get a notebook and pen and answer them all really quickly – without thinking. Then do it again and take time over each question.

At the end, look through your answers and see what jumps out. See what activities are repeated. Notice how it makes you feel.

What makes you smile? 

What would you do if you didn’t have to earn money?

What makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning?

What did you enjoy doing as a child?

What makes you giggle?

What makes your heart sing?

What activities make you lose track of time?

What makes you feel great about yourself?

What do you believe in?

What are you passionate about?

What is the most important thing in your life?

What are your natural skills and gifts/talents?

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

What are your strongest values?

Do you have a message to give to others?

Imagine you are in your old age sitting in your garden and looking back on your life.  What would you have liked to achieve?  Looking back on your life, what mattered the most?

Get a board or piece of card and add pictures and words that inspire you.  You might like to create a scrap book full of ideas that might help you lead to your purpose.

You can also keep asking yourself slowly what is my purpose?  What is my purpose?  And write down whatever comes.  Keep doing the exercise until your spine starts to tingle and you feel shivers of delight.  You will know when you have found your purpose.

Once you have discovered your purpose, remind yourself of it each day. You could put it up on your mirror or write a mission statement or affirmation.  Try to do one thing each day that brings you closer to your purpose.

If you would like more support finding your purpose, watch our Find your purpose webinar.