The Truth about Finding Purpose

Think of someone who found purpose. Were they self-centered or other-centered? 

Get out of yourself if you want to find purpose.

The most surprising truth about finding purpose is it’s about others. Those who find purpose make life better for others.

Service and purpose:

You won’t find purpose thinking about the meaning of life.

You won’t find your purpose at an amusement park or while … 

  1. Watching TV.
  2. Playing video games.
  3. Living for money, pleasure, or ease.

When it comes to finding purpose, money is distraction. Pleasure is seduction. Ease is evil.

You find and express purpose while serving others. 

Aspiration, action, and purpose:

Aspiration obscures purpose when it’s so big you can’t take action today.

Inaction is the enemy of finding purpose.

‘Someday’ is the enemy.

Serve now to discover purpose. If you aren’t sure of your purpose, go do something.

Purpose reveals itself while you do things.

Self-reflection and purpose:

Effective self-reflection is preceded by action.

Don’t sit under a tree thinking about yourself. Reflect on what you did in service to others.

Ask yourself, “What pulls you toward more service?”

The darkside of finding purpose:

Anyone who believes finding purpose is fun is an idiot.

You find purpose in frustration, discomfort, sadness, disappointment, and pain.

  1. What about this world makes you sad?
  2. What gets you frustrated and fired up?
  3. What eats at you when you’re trying to go to sleep? I’m not talking about how others disappoint you. I’m talking about the pain you feel for others.

Find purpose by leaning into sadness and feeling your frustrations.

The thing that hurts the most is calling you to purposeful action.

Meet the need YOU feel.

People who have found purpose leaned into pain and did something about it.

How might leaders find purpose?

What distracts us from finding purpose?