Learn how to find your life purpose by honing in on your personal North Star.
Then there’s that other feeling, the one you get when you think about Oreo ice cream cake. Your face lights up, you feel bright and cheerful-- like you haven’t a care in the world. Your body relaxes, and animated birds start chirping around your head. If you notice that you get that same feeling when you think about doing a triathlon, that’s your body telling you it’s time to start training. Listen to your body, not to me; I think you’re crazy, but while you’re out running, biking, and swimming, I’ll just help myself to your piece of ice cream cake before it melts.
These feelings in your body are the compass that leads to your North Star.
Survey Your Activities
Once you’ve got your compass, use it to survey your activities. Think about the different tasks you do at work. Are some calling to you more than others? Find ways to do fewer of the eating-worms tasks, and more of the Oreo ice cream cake tasks.
I’m sure your North Star is somewhere at work. But just in case it isn’t, also survey the activities you love in the rest of your life. Maybe you’re drawn to time spent with people, or time spent alone. Perhaps sports, or chess, or public speaking, or writing poetry. Maybe you love the time tending your garden, or doing crossword puzzles, or stitching together zombies. When you find the activities you love, do more of them. And at least for now, find ways to ignore or delegate the others. That’s what kids are for.
Bring Back Your Dreams
Reviewing your childhood dreams can also give you a clue. If you always wanted to be an astronaut and became a chicken farmer instead, maybe now’s the time to start taking night classes at community college. Virgin Galactic may be looking for flight attendants, and it could be your lucky day. If you wanted to be Alexander the Great and unite civilization world-wide, it’s never too late to give it a “go.” Abraham Lincoln lost a gazillion elections before becoming president. So grab that needle and thread and get sewing on those zombies; the world needs your unifying presence.