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Live With Purpose – 7 Ways to Help You Live a Life of Purpose

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What is a purpose? And what living purposefully means? In this post, you can find 7 ways that can guide and help you live a life of purpose

You can live life with purpose in many different ways. Some live life for the people around them, some live it to make their family proud, and others live it to have a good reputation among friends and acquaintances. 

But what does living your life with purpose really mean? What are you going to need if you want to live your life purposefully? Maybe you’re already living a purposeful life without knowing it.

All of these answers may be different depending on who you ask, but there are quite a few things that most people seem to agree upon when they talk about living with purpose

In this article, I will cover seven of the best ways of doing just that.

You know… have time to stop and smell the roses, not just live from one big hassle and stress to another.

And every once in a while, close your eyes and let your mind wander to a place somewhere in the future, where all your dreams have already come true. Bring those teachings and that vision back to today and start going in that direction.

But before we go through those 7 ways to live with purpose, the first step is to understand what purpose is and what ‘living purposefully’ means.

7 ways to live life with purpose

What is a purpose?

A purpose (or purpose of life) is something that motivates you to live. It’s the reason you get up in the morning. It keeps you going when life gets tough, and it brightens up your everyday life.

Your purpose of life has many names: your mission in life, your reason for being alive and breathing, your raison d’être (as the French like to call it), your ikigai (as they say in Japan), just to name a few – and you can choose the one that resonates best with you.

What does ‘living purposefully’ mean?

Live purposefully means to live each day with intent and meaning rather than waiting for a purpose to reveal itself. You don’t expect perfection from yourself or others, but you focus on progress instead. You have a balanced life, and you cherish meaningful relationships.

Living purposefully also means you’re true to your values and follow your own standards. You have balance and harmony, and focus on what’s important to you without comparing yourself to anyone else while serving something greater than yourself.

Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?

And here are 7 ways you can do all that and live a life of purpose.

7 ways to live life with purpose

7 ways to live with purpose

So let’s dive into some ways on how to live with a purpose

1. Live with intention

To live a purposeful life, you need to live with intention.

The intention is the opposite of force. It’s not what happens to you, but it’s what you make happen. It’s what you choose and decide for yourself based on your values and beliefs.

To live with intention is one of the best ways to live your purpose.

2. Live in the now, but take action to live well tomorrow

If you plan for the future by taking proactive steps today, you live a life of purpose and live well tomorrow.

But if you only live for tomorrow, you’ll miss what is happening right in front of you – your life. Be present for yourself and for others. But don’t forget to dream.

3. Live a balanced life (without forgetting your wants, needs, desires, and values)

To live a life of purpose, you need to have balance without forgetting your wants, needs, desires, and values.

Your values are the map on your journey to living a purpose-driven life. And getting your wants, needs, and desires fulfilled will make you live a happier life.

But without balance, you might end up living a life of extremes. Extremes may be suitable for the short term, but they are not sustainable in the long run.

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4. Live continuously developing and embrace personal growth

If you live a life of purpose, with intention and in the now, you’ll inevitably make mistakes. And mistakes are great! As long as you learn from them.

And continuous improvement and personal development are key elements on your journey to fulfilling your life’s purpose.

5. Live joyfully and enjoy the little things

Life’s too short to live in misery or fear. So why not enjoy all those beautiful and mundane little gifts life gives us.

How has constant negativity and being down ever helped anyone anyways? Life is what you make it; live accordingly. Laugh often. Smile even more. And see what’s going on around you, and don’t compare your life to others.

Psst! I like to say this mantra to myself as often as possible: “Find happiness in the ordinary and your life becomes extraordinary.”

6. Live courageously and passionately

There’s always someone who doesn’t like you or what you do. And there are always people who will judge you.

So if you try to follow so that everyone would like you, you’ll end up spending ALL your time pursuing something that doesn’t exist.

Live courageously instead. Do what you do because it’s right for you, not because it’s expected by others.

And have passion! Passion is that thing inside of you, which lights up your life. It’s your internal drive to live life and not just exist.

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7. Live serving something bigger

If you live a life of purpose, it’s important to remember that you are part of something bigger, whether it’s your family, your community, the world, the universe, and/or God.

Living on purpose doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. It’s part of a bigger picture, of a greater whole. So remember to always also serve something bigger than yourself without forgetting yourself in the process.

So those are a few ways to start living a life of purpose and live well today.

It’s been said that people who live with more purpose live their lives fully, on their own terms. They live authentically and are fueled by their passions and desires. They live with intention and have balanced lives.

That’s what we all want, to be happy.

And one way to find happiness is to find your purpose and be true to it.

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