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Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life

life purpose“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitation, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed.”– Patanjali


This is part 1 of the series on discovering your purpose in life.

I think I’ve read about 20 articles in the past few weeks about discovering your life’s purpose. Some of them were really long and offered a series of techniques to help you with discovering your life purpose, some of them were simple, short and to the point. Some of them were completely theoretical. Some of them gave you lots of practical tools.

If you’ve read lots of articles but haven’t discovered your life’s purpose yet I am going to present a series of posts to help you with that.  I am not going to give you too much theory; instead I would like to share with you a series of exercises for you to do. Each exercise will build on the previous one.

After you are finished with the exercises, you should be able to come up with a statement that contains your life’s purpose.

You also should be able to get really and I do mean REALLY clear on what you want in life. This is actually the most important step in  getting it and this is also the step that many of people get stuck at.


Why do you need to know your life purpose to begin with?

I know lots of people who have beautiful relationships, plenty of money, and great health but are unhappy. Part of the reason is of course that some people are naturally always unsatisfied with what they’ve got, but very often the reason is they are not pursuing their purpose in life. There is no spark, no real passion. I lived my life this way for a long time.

Also, when we are not aligned with our purpose, life often seems like a struggle. Why? Because we are going against the flow and life is trying to direct us by creating obstacles.

I truly believe that we can reach anything if we push hard enough. Truly, anything is possible.

You can of course reach goals that are not aligned with your life’s purpose, but what’s the cost? Constant struggle and once the goal is reached – dissatisfaction and the feeling of “why did I need this to begin with?”


Once we align ourselves with our purpose, opportunities, people, and ideas start coming into our lives; helping us and pushing us forward.  

No, it probably still won’t be easy. You probably still will have obstacles, most of them are there to help you grow. But you will feel great overcoming those obstacles, and you will be inspired and motivated no matter what.

It is proven that up to 95% percent of the population lives without clear goals or dreams in mind. The reason being for that is I believe that 95% of the population doesn’t know their life purpose. How can you come up with goals without having a purpose? Well, of course you can, but again, how effective is that goal setting going to be?  

Before we start, here are some things about your life purpose that you need to know.

It is the TRIP, not the DESTINATION.

It is the ESSENCE, not the FORM.

It comes from your SOUL, not SPIRIT.

It is the QUALITY of life, not QUANTITY.



It comes to us INTUITIVELY, not LOGICALLY.

It is DRAWN OUT of us, not CREATED.

Also please remember that your life purpose is not set in stone – it shifts as we grow in consciousness and take on more responsibility.

Ok, enough theory, let’s start with the exercises:

The first exercise in the series that I would like to do is called…


Ideal Day  

And you probably heard of it already, but I bet you haven’t done it the way I am going to present it to you.

This exercise will bring you so much clarity, you’ll be amazed. If you do any exercises I am going to share with you in this series, do this one.

Not only it will help you in discovering your life’s purpose but also it will give your mind very specific goals. And as you might know your mind loves goals, the more specific the better. The more emotion in that goal, the better too.

Our mind doesn’t really understand words so your feelings and emotions are very important in order for it to understand what you want and start bringing you ideas on how to reach it. Anyway, let’s start.


Imagine the ideal day of your ideal life. 

Imagine that this is the day when all of your goals and dreams are reached already and you are living the life of your dreams. Everything you ever wanted came true. And I do mean – Everything.

Now starting from the very time you wake up in the morning, begin writing about that day. Actually take a piece of paper, make sure you have at least one hour of uninterrupted time (preferably more) and write everything down.

And I don’t want just a few sentences telling me the general outline of your ideal day which is what most people do.

In order for this exercise to work you have to not only generally outline what your ideal day would look like, you also have to go into every little specific details, including as much of your thoughts and feelings you would have throughout that day as possible.

Right from the time you awake, start asking yourself these questions and writting down your answers.

  • What is the first thing you think of when you wake up? What do you feel? What do you see around you? Who do you wake up with? What do you say to each other? How do you feel toward that person?

You see how many little details we mentioned before you even got out of bed? This is the level of clarity that you need.

  • What do you have for breakfast? What do you think about during breakfast? Where do you live? What does the place you live in feel like inside?
  • What do you think about that place? Now look out of the window, what do you see?
  • Who else lives with you? What do you feel toward those people? Think about all the relationships you have in your life.  How are they?
  • Now think of your financial situation. How much income do you have a month? A year? How do you distribute that income? What do you think about your financial situation?
  • What are you feelings toward your future?

Think about your finances, relationships, health – everything.


Think of yourself in detail too.

This is very important.

  • What qualities have you developed? What do you think of yourself? How do you see yourself in your perfect day?  What do you do? What are your passions? What are your feelings toward yourself?

Now let’s go back to your perfect morning

  • What else do you do during breakfast?
  • Do you work? If yes, where? Do you have people who work there with you? How much income do you make? Think of as many details about your ideal work or business situation as you possibly can.
  • What do you do after breakfast? What do you think during lunch?

I don’t want to bore you but I hope you get the idea.


This is your ideal day. Don’t limit yourself and think of as many details as you can.

 Step by step. Make sure to include your thoughts, feelings, all five of your senses.

Get clear means get clear. This is the degree of clarity that you need.

Not only will it give your mind lots of food for processing and things to work on, but it will also get you REALLY clear on what you truly want in life. It will give your mind direction and very specific goals in a  language that it can undersatand. Reaching your goals will be so much easier after that.

And ultimately hopefully after combining this exercise with others in the series, you’ll be able to come up with your Life Purpose Statement.

In the next post I’ll share another exercise with you. Till then you might want to check out some of the articles I have recently read about discovering your Life Purpose, I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

Steve Pavlina’s How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes

Tina Su’s Life On Purpose: 15 Questions to Discover Your Personal Mission

Leo Babauta’s The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion

Celestine Chua’s Life Purpose Series


Have you discovered your life purpose already?  Share with us how you did it in the comments section below.

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills November 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Very Nice work Lana, a life of purpose rarely happens by accident, we need to go through the steps to get the results.
.-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last blog ..Make It Happen Now Countdown UPDATE =-.


Walter November 18, 2009 at 1:13 am

I found that my purpose in life is to get over life. As I watch my days go by, I have been living without any direction. I seek something yet I don’t know what it is. Until I realized that I should not be a seeker but rather an observer.

Life is complicated in the eyes of the mind. It prods us to find answers to questions that we cannot grasp. Truth I cannot find by seeking, only by being aware of it will it manifest.

True wisdom cannot be found within the confines of the mind. Step above it and you will see its real source. 🙂


Lana November 18, 2009 at 5:39 am

I agree Jonathan, I found out that until I took all the steps, I was just jumping from one thing to another/ Once you know the direction, the answer on how to get there will come.
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Lana November 18, 2009 at 5:48 am

Walter, I couldn’t agree with you more. If we can all truly step out of our mind, become true observers, we won’t really need to seek our life purpose, we’ll be living it automatically.

The difficult part is that not everyone can do it. I wish we were all enlightened, but since not all of us are, we need to seek our purpose and follow it once we find it. May be that will bring us to enlightenment, just from a different way. You know they say there are always two ways:)
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Steven Aitchison November 18, 2009 at 7:05 am

Great start to the series Lana and some great links in there as well. I think visualization is extremely important when thinking about any future goal.
.-= Steven Aitchison´s last blog ..The #1 Reason You Haven’t Had More Success In Life =-.


Lana November 18, 2009 at 7:10 am
Karlil November 18, 2009 at 8:04 am

It’s the trip and not the destination. That is so true Lana. Goals can be rather exhausting at times, especially when you pay to much attention to the final destination than the trip.
.-= Karlil´s last blog ..A Simple Guide To Grow And Improve =-.


Lana November 18, 2009 at 8:13 am

Oh yes, I love that phrase too Karlil!
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 18, 2009 at 8:48 am

HI Lana,
What a Lovely article!!
I loved how you explained the visualization techniques for finding your purpose in life. I myself am a firm believer in positive visualization and use it often for myself and for my patients and ofr my seminar attendees. Works like a charm always.
I await to read more of this series.
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s last blog ..Multiple Personality By Choice! =-.


Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice November 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

Hey Lana,

Great post and I love your recommendations! I especially love the idea of thinking about your ideal day. When I tried that…I surprised myself!

.-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s last blog ..Choose Your Inspirational Acronym For The Week =-.


Evelyn Lim November 18, 2009 at 11:52 am

Hmmm….interesting exercise that you have outlined here to discover my purpose. I liked the tip on writing uninterrupted for one hour. I also enjoyed the pointers to some of the misbeliefs we have. I am certainly looking forward to what you have to share in your next post! Thanks!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s last blog ..How To Restore Inner Harmony =-.


Beat Schindler November 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Who said great minds think alike? Actually, by recognizing the greatness of your mind I don’t mean to imply that I’ve got a gr8 mind, too. All I’d say for myself, rarely does a mind get created so perfect that it can never be improved. I hesitate to use the word “genius,” but I won’t protest if others do. You know me long enough to remember I used to conceited before I was perfect. Ok, my funny bone out of the way, the minds-think-alike remark is there to a) thank you for another gr8 post with lots of substance (enjoyed reading it greatly) and b) to mention I just yesterday published a post that also has “life purpose” in it :-)) ref. http://www.beatschindler.com/success-strategies/the-most-out-of-learning
.-= Beat Schindler´s last blog ..How To Get The Most Out Of Learning =-.


Lana November 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Hi Zeenat, thanks for commenting, I love visualization too, I think it is one of the most powerful personal growth techniques.

Amit, I agree sometimes it is suprising what we want our Ideal Day look like:) Thanks for commenting!
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Lana November 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Evelyn thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed reading my post!

Beat, headed to you blog to check out your article:) Thanks for commenting!
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Marina November 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Wow great post!
Enjoyed the read!
Thanks for some really great ideas !!!!!!!!!
Keep it up LANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


David/Yourfinances101 November 19, 2009 at 3:24 am

Great stuff–I especially like how it is all laid out for you! Almost like its impossible to fail. Just need to take that first step
.-= David/Yourfinances101´s last blog ..17 Ways to Save Money on Insurance =-.


Lana November 19, 2009 at 3:47 am

Marina, thank you my dear friend, appreciate your support and encouragement!

David, exactly first step is that is needed. Just decide and take it. Thank you for commenting!
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Armen Shirvanian November 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Hi Lana.

It certainly is easy to see what I would like to see after following the questions and steps you brought up here. It helps to know this, because when we don’t do this, we only have a rough idea of what we are wanting. Details help because they show us why we get angry here or there, because we see that we are not heading towards one or more of the things we want to acquire or achieve.

Also, we have to regularly remind ourselves of our qualities that we enjoy and are good at, because these are the ones we can make use of day in and day out. They are our tool of ability, and to not make use of them is to be like a person with a swimming pool who doesn’t use it.
.-= Armen Shirvanian´s last blog ..Motivation Related To Production =-.


Lana November 21, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Good reminder about tha qualities, Armen. I am actually going to include it in one of the next posts. Thanks for commenting!
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Anastasiya November 22, 2009 at 3:40 am

That’s a very good article Lana. I think I’ll try your exercise in a couple of days when I have a little bit of free time. However even without writing it down I had a few very clear thoughts and feelings come up in my head about what my ideal day would be like. I am looking forward to the next part of your series!
.-= Anastasiya´s last blog ..The Mother’s Guide to Self Renewal: 9 Strategies for a Balanced Motherhood =-.


Lana November 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Thanks Anastasiya, I am glad you decided to try it!
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


Celes | The Personal Excellence Blog November 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Lana, I could feel you reaching out to my soul (as the reader) as I was reading this post. Amazingly written and extremely informative too! This is going to be extremely useful for people out there who are seeking to discover their life mission.

Thanks so much for the link love as well, it’s very much appreciated!
.-= Celes | The Personal Excellence Blog´s last blog ..Know your WHAT first, then Devise your HOW =-.


Stephen - Rat Race Trap November 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Hi Lana, this was excellent and well done. Thanks!
.-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s last blog ..Are Your Thoughts Helpful? =-.


Lana November 26, 2009 at 12:45 am

Thank you Celes, I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

Thank you Stephen, I appreciate the support!
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Finding Your Life Purpose: The Most Powerful Way to Discover What You Truly Want In Life =-.


sandeep December 16, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Hi Lana . U put it in a simple & effective way.
expecting more .


Lana December 28, 2009 at 12:52 am

Thanks Sandeep:)
.-= Lana´s last blog ..How To Spend Time With Yourself and Why. =-.


Dalila October 7, 2010 at 3:14 am

My Purpose…or Ideal Day in Life
It comes from MY SOUL–not SPIRIT?
How does one differentiate…they always seemed synonymous to me…


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