Living with purpose doesn’t necessarily have to do with what career path you choose to follow. Purpose is extracted through our vital presence, which means we feel fully alive and connected not only to what we’re doing but how we’re being. Your purpose is to be you, 100%. Focus on being, not just doing, and whatever you do will become infused with vibrancy. These prompts are best written in your journal, but they don’t have to be (I’m not you, after all). More important are the answers that you come up with for yourself.
“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” — Hal Elrod
I think Maya Angelou was right when she said: “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” Makes sense to me that love would be the ultimate marker of true success.
There comes a point when whatever change we’d like to see take place for us must be taken inwardly. In my life, living with purpose stems from this inward glance and becomes a reality when I begin to walk in the direction of something I love. That something could be anything, and it might have something to do with work but it also might not (just like an abundant life isn’t necessarily about material wealth, but how rich we sense we are just being alive).
Your purpose is related to what you love.“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” — Fabienne Fredrickson tell a friend
To create movement out in your world you must create a movement within, which is where these prompts can come in handy. They’re signals sent inward, for reflection and refreshment. Using them to focus on how you’re being already can generate momentum in the direction of what you love: how you’re being is the precursor to the doing.
We think change is something we need to do, but it’s really something we need to be.
You might not need to change what you’re doing in order to live with purpose and intention—at least, not at first. You need to look at how you’re experiencing life first. That’s where positive change and sustainable momentum starts.
These prompts, which I recommend actually writing down on a piece of paper, although you can answer them however you like, aren’t just aimed to help you uncover “what you’re supposed to do with your life.” They’re intended to help you go deeper into the life you have. That’s where everything new will come from. That reorganization of energy is what will create the movement and manifestation of a life lived with depth, clarity, and purpose.
Answer the questions (I did too). Follow the guidance of the prompts. Live the answers.
11 Journal Prompts for Living with Purpose, Starting Here
1. Where can you be (even) more present in your life?
Me: In conversations with my friends. At times, I can be listening while thinking about what I want to say in response to what they’re saying; that’s not really listening, not 100%.
2. When do you feel most alive?
When I’m in the flow of writing. When I’m exercising and breaking a sweat. When I’m fully involved in my relationships without being distracted by my own thoughts. When I’m on or in the water.
3. How do you want to feel more often?
Calm, like I have all the time I need to do the things I love.You can tell when you're living with purpose; you feel fully alive, deeply in tune with life itself. tweet this
4. Think about the things you love doing. Focus on one thing. How can you show up more for what you love, or go deeper into it?
I love to write poetry. I could leave a notebook dedicated to poetry in my meditation space and write something down, even if it’s just a word, after I meditate.
5. “One way I like to express my love is…”
… reaching out to a friend at least once a day to let them know that I’m thinking of them.
6. How do you want others to feel when they’re around you? (List everything you can think of.)
I want others to feel loved, listened to, positive, safe, hopeful, encouraged, empowered, and accepted.“My work is loving the world.” — Mary Oliver, The Messenger tell the world
7. What’s one way you can reach out to someone today to help them solve a problem or answer a question?
Since I’ve been asking a lot of questions lately about my new website design, I could scan the community forums on topics I’m familiar with, and help other people out who are struggling with issues I’ve solved.
8. What’s one story you’ve been telling yourself that doesn’t feel loving? What’s one story you could start to tell yourself instead?
Current story: I don’t have enough time to figure out how to make and sell products online. New story: I can figure out anything my heart tells me I must do.
9. What’s something you enjoy that you’re already good at (maybe you do it now; maybe you haven’t done this in a long time)?
Boiling big thoughts down into bite-sized sentences packed with meaning. (One of my favorite things to do.)“Do you want to love yourself? Then be congruent with your best self.” @BrendonBurchard
10. How could you take something you’re already good at and do something different using those skills?
I could create concentrated messages that I put on products…
11. What’s one huge goal you have for yourself? Embrace it right now as if you’re already living it.
I’d like to keep this one for myself, but it has something to do with Aim Happy and living it feels so good. Like abundance. Like true treasure. Like being fully alive. Like loving what I’m doing and how I’m being.
Would you like to share one (or more) of your answers with me in the comments? I’d love it if you did.
Please share your answers, clarity you’ve gained recently in living a life full of purpose, and any stories of transition/transformation with me in the comments.
Inspire someone today; send them these prompts to awaken their love.
Walk in the direction of what feels like love today. There is no “lesser” or “trivial” way to do that; if it feels true, it’s meaningful.