How to Live a Purpose Filled Life

Do ever just want to take hold of everything that life has to offer?

There are so many possibilities for us to fulfill our purpose and really living a meaning existence. Living a life of meaning and purpose is highly related to well-being and life-satisfaction, and when we feel a sense of purpose we know we’re doing the right thing and get a sense of true gratification in our heart.

According to psychologist Erik Erickson, there is a couple major identity crisis that occur throughout the lifespan. Once in adolescence when we begin to consider who we are and where we’re headed, and then again in late adulthood as we reflect on our life and how we spent our time.

These periods of identity crisis are where we consider what we are meant to do and if we are living out our purpose. Every human being goes through these existential moments and considers what they are here on earth to do.

So, what about you? Are you living the life you know you’re meant to live?

Are you taking advantage of everything life has to offer?

Here are a few considerations to begin living a purpose filled life.

How are you built?

Everyone is born with natural talents and abilities, and living with purpose comes from using these strengths and gifts to the fullest potential. The more you understand your unique abilities and skills the more you can expand and cultivate these. Find what innate strengths and talents you have and embrace these to make you the best person you can be.

What makes you feel great about yourself? What are you naturally good at? What have you always felt competent at?

What moves you?

We all have something deep down inside that moves us and raises our energy level, and connecting with your core values in one way to uncover this driving force. Values are something we feel passionate about and believe to be right and vital. This impacts how we treat people, how we view the world, and what we believe our role is.

It is this self-knowledge that helps us discover our personal mission and vision for life. It’s our values that lead us to our goals and desires.

What are the values that fill you with passion and devotion? What inspires you about others? What activities, places, and people provide this inspiration and uplift?

What makes you happy?

A purpose filled life is one full of people, events, hobbies and projects that offer us joy and fulfillment. Gaining greater understanding of what makes you happy and gratified can add a significant amount of meaning and quality to each and every day. Consider what you can incorporate into your daily life to begin having more moments of gratification.

What have been your favorite things to do in the past? What about now? What activities make you lose track of time?

What does success and significance mean to you?

Often, purpose is connected to feeling we are contributing and making a difference in the world or to the life of others whom we care about. This may come from a feeling of success and accomplishment, as well as a sense of significance and meaning with what we do. Make sure you aren’t simply seeking success without significance, but that you have a sense of both accomplishment and meaning.

With this in mind, what does success mean to you? This can vary greatly from one point in time to another, so what does success mean to you now? What could provide you a sense of significance and meaning?

Make it Happen

Living a purpose filled life takes a great amount of soul searching and knowing who we are and what we are capable of. It also takes great faith to believe we are created with a purpose and calling in life.

Once you connect with your identity and purpose you must make change and begin to live by this mission and personal vision.

If we don’t change how we live we’ll fall into the same habits and continue our current patterns of behavior without ever experiencing our purposeful existence. Take the steps necessary to uncover who you are and what your God given purpose is.

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  • Lori Gosselin

    Hey Joe,
    In a word, yes! It took me a while to get here, but I needed that time to learn what I needed for that end. I’m writing my heart out – in a blog and in books (first one done, second just started) and I’m loving it. The challenge for me now is to balance it with all the other things I have to do and want to do. The pendulum has swung too far!
    You’re right, it does take knowing who you are with a knowing so strong that you don’t any longer have to ask anyone else. :-)

  • Bryan Thompson

    Joe, this is the essence of what is crucial in life. KNOW YOURSELF. Know what you’re passionate about and what moves you. Know what causes you to take action and not just talk. It’s critical to know what you want and to be specific. Thanks for your commitment to reminding others. It’s something that really drives me – to inspire others to take action and stop talking. I’m having this conversation with my wife now and she is trying to decide what she really wants from her career. I think it’s healthy to give ourselves time to figure that out. We don’t have to know right away, but when we decide, take full action toward it!

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Lori,

    Thanks so much for commenting and leaving your thoughts! It sounds like you have found a wonderful source of passion and purpose in your life and are following your heart. Good luck with your books! Everything starts with knowing ourselves deep down in our heart.

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for sharing your insight! It sounds like we have similar missions to inspire and empower others. Much of coming to my purpose and inspiring vision was by simply taking action. I started following my heart and developed a clearer understanding of what I truly desire and what moved me. I had to work through a large learning curve but that half the fun. Thanks again for commenting!

  • Lena Blonsky

    Very uplifting post. I’m just in that phase of my life where I’m reasessing my purpose and raison d’etre. The trick is to use our passions, or what used to ignite us, in sync with our new-found purpose. That should give us real fire-power. Having said that I’m still soul searching…sigh…

  • Alex Blackwell

    Truly incredible post Joe – full of powerful emotion and inspiration. What makes me happy? It’s simple: appreciating exactly what I have right now in my life!

    My best to you,


  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Lena,

    Welcome and thanks for stopping by! You have a wonderful suggestion here about using our passions to guide us. I know I get purpose and significant satisfaction from using my passions as much as I can in my daily life. The energy I get from this is truly amazing and I know it’s in line with my purpose when this is the case.

  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for commenting! I can tell you have your purpose in line with your values and what means most to you! Always a pleasure to hear from you.

  • Chris Barba

    Hi Joe,

    These are great points. Points I feel get overlooked in life. We get preoccupied with other things and look at these elements as destinations instead of ways to which we should live our life by. Mindsets like…

    If I work 40 years then I can be happy.

    I can’t wait for the end of the day so I can do X.

    Once I accomplish Y I will be successful.

    This is not purposeful existence, this is merely existence. I think each of the points of purpose you wrote about fit so very well into the journey of our lives. Don’t wait for happiness, be happy. If your passion lies outside of work maybe you should convert that into your ‘work’. And success is not a unified scale. Everyday can be a success because everyday we can live a life of purpose!

    Really great post Joe.


  • Joe – Shakeoffthegrind

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! This is a wonderful point. Focusing on the destination instead of the joy in the moment is something I still work on, but it has become much easier as I have developed self-acceptance. We can become a slave to our goals and forget to live from our passions. In my eyes purpose comes by living from our mission and life vision, which even when we’re incredibly busy and aren’t quite where we want to be can still provide energy and satisfaction. This is when we are living a purpose filled life. Really appreciate you sharing this!

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