Contemplation is really the only way to discover what your passion and purpose are in life. Meditate on the question: what is my purpose? Ask yourself, “what do I want to achieve in my life?”

The kind of answers that help here are something that you can attain. They are things that could be written on your tombstone. When you know what they are, write your answers down and keep them some place where they will be easily retrieved for periodic review.

Your answers will be numerous and multifaceted because that is the nature of life. And each part of each answer will provide a point on the horizon of your life that will serve as a guiding light. As you go about your day-to-day experience, as you make decisions about your work, your personal life, and anything that has an impact on you, you can use that horizon to provide direction.

By having the answers easily retrievable, you can review on how well you are progressing toward a goal or not. You may also discover you are making headway on something that no longer has meaning for you and so you will want to change your direction and goals.

For example, if you know you want to be physically fit as you age, then you can use that goal to help stave off the urge to overindulge on sweets every night.

If you know you want to be a medical doctor, then use that point of reference to help guide your schooling choices.

If you know you want to retire a very wealthy person, you can make financial decisions that align with that desire.

References

Jordan Peterson’s Future Offering Program