In the midst of our everyday lives and responsibilities, it’s all too easy to get mired in busy work and lose sight of what’s important to us. After living like a hamster on a wheel for a while, we begin to feel empty or directionless. We may be unsure what to do with our lives, or struggle to feel a sense of meaning.

In such times, actively working to define your purpose can help. This is an ongoing process. Many people believe that, when they seek greater meaning in life, they must find their one true purpose, which encompasses everything they are, and will ever want to be and do. Or, they decide that this problem is so intractable that they should give up, and only aim for short term goals. The truth lies in the middle ground. It’s possible to find a purpose, live by it, and then adapt it as your life progresses.