- What unpleasant experiences are you able to handle? Everything sucks, some of the time. If you want to become an amazing artist you need to master your craft. If you want to become this hotshot lawyer you may need to put in 80 hour-work weeks. Are you willing to put in the work? Are you willing to stay up all night losing out on your precious sleep?
- What is true about you today that would make your 7-year old self cry? When we were kids we weren’t afraid to dream, to try new things. We didn’t worry about failing or how crazy our ideas sound. As adults we’ve lost touch of what our younger selves loved before the world told us what to think, feel or aspire to. Peer pressure during adolescence and professional pressures have led us to seek validation from others and lose our own inner voice. What did you love to do as a kid? What made your 7-year old self happy? Did you love to write? If you were to have a conversation with your younger self and they asked you why you don’t write anymore, what would you tell him or her? Is it fear? Are you afraid no one will read it? Not only would you be wrong, you would both end up crying.
- What makes you forget to eat or finish your tea? As a foodie there aren’t a lot of things that can distract me from my meal or cup of mint tea, unless it’s something that I am passionate about and deserves my attention. So what is it that captivates you? What makes you focus all your energy and leaves you with a cold cup of tea?
- How could you possibly embarrass yourself the most? To find your purpose you need to be vulnerable. It takes courage to not follow the herd mentality and to choose your own path. So what is it that you would enjoy doing but think would embarrass you? Embrace embarrassment. Feeling silly is all part of achieving something amazing, something meaningful.
- How would you save the world? Find a problem you care about and think of ways of solving it. I’m aware that none of us can save the world but you can contribute to making a little bit better. That feeling of contribution gives us a sense of purpose and happiness.
- How would you spend your days if you had to leave your home everyday, where would you go and what would you do? Let’s pretend there was no social media and no Netflix. What would you do? Would you hitchhike to France? Would you volunteer in an orphanage? Would you perform Ed Sheeran’s greatest hits on the corner street? What would you do with all that time?
- If you knew you would die exactly one year from today, what would you like to have done and how would you want to be remembered? None of us like to think about death. It freaks us out. This question however does help to think about what you truly care about in life and what you would want your legacy to be. The truth is we have nothing to lose, absolutely nothing.
To find your true purpose you need to find a cause to live for or one that’s worth dying for. It is all about waking up and working for something that is greater than yourself but first you need to get off the couch..
Love & light,