How Do You Identify Your Purpose?

How do you find your purpose?How do you find your purpose?

How do you find your purpose? Over the past several weeks, I‘ve been talking with people around the country.  I’ve noticed many of the people I work with are struggling to find meaning in their work. Their roles are changing and they question if they still want to continue doing what they do.

They still want to have the flexibility to create their future. In many cases, they are struggling because they were successful, not because they weren’t. Invariably the conversation moves to how can they find their purpose. How do you reinvent yourself in these rapidly changing times?

I believe finding your purpose is the basis to creating a last leadership legacy for your life. Today, I’ll share several questions to help you identify certain qualities that help make you who you are. I can tell you from my personal and professional experience that people who engage their purpose live longer, more fulfilling lives. I can’t think of any successful leaders I know who haven’t tapped into their purpose to help create a more fulfilling life.

These questions help you identify your purpose more clearly. If you take some time to write out your answers to these questions, you may be surprised what starts to become clearer. Don’t judge yourself, try to answer truthfully, and feel free dream big. Now, let’s get started in helping you identify your purpose and possibilities.

  • What things in your life excite you? If you were asked to create a movie or video, what topic would you choose to share with the world?
  • When you’re in a book store, what books and magazines do you read, and buy? What magazines do you subscribe to? What kind of articles and blogs do you find interesting?
  • What topics would you write about if you had time to write? What topics do you enjoy doing more research on? Who might you know that could help you better understand these issues?
  • What topics are you curious about?  What types of books do you enjoy reading and sharing with others?
  • Where do you contribute your time and money when you are not at work? Why do these causes get your attention?
  • Who do you enjoy spending time with? What qualities do these people share? How did you discover these people? Where would you find more people like these?
  • What ideas move you? How much do you know about them? If you had time, would you be willing to learn more about these ideas?
  • What topics do you have a deeper understanding about? Is it knowledge or wisdom that you seek?
  • If you had an extra $1,000,000 and could give it to any issue, cause, or problem, where would you invest your money? Why?
  • If you could meet anyone and have lunch together, who would it be? What would you discuss at lunch with this person?
  • What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about being compensated for it? What have you always wanted to do? What have you done to do this thing?
  • Are there any causes you feel strongly about? Would you invest the rest of your life to help make sure that these causes get the attention that they need?

Did these questions start you thinking about your purpose? Are you willing to stop thinking and begin to embrace your life again? Be here next week and we begin to help you connect the dots so you can live the life of your dreams. As you start looking for your purpose, you will be amazed how things begin to change around you.

See you next week.

About the Author

Tripp Braden partners with clients to create an anticipatory strategy and mindset. The resulting culture breaks down barriers to combine planning and innovation in a way that elevates and accelerates results.

He’s a growth strategist and IBM IoT Futurist who turns strategy into implementable options for increasing market share, revenue, and profits. He has proven success seeing the big picture and creating new market opportunities.

Ask Tripp how to turn disruption and change into your opportunity and advantage.

Tripp can be contacted at [email protected] or send him an invite on LinkedIn. You can find Tripp’s journal on growing your organization at Market Leadership Journal.

Tripp Braden – who has written posts on Developing High Performing Teams.


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