If you want to get and stay aligned with your purpose, ask yourself these questions every day. A good practice is once in the morning and once at night. Don’t know what your purpose is? No? Well these three questions will help you figure it out. This daily routine will get you in line with your goals, values and beliefs. It’s easy to get lost in the daily grind of your life, so you must have a sense of urgency to make this practice part of your daily routine.
Grab a piece of paper and write it down. Put it on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator. Set a reminder in your phone (I use Evernote; it’s a game-changer). Brand it on your forehead. Do whatever you need to do to remind yourself of these questions.
1. “What do I want?”
End world hunger? A promotion? Fast cars? More money? More sex? Start a company?
2. “Why do I want it?”
Will it truly make you happy? It’s important to realize if it is a key to your long-term happiness or simply short-term fix. Focus on the experience and emotion behind what you want. Do you want more money so you have freedom to travel? The freedom to retire at age 45? Do you want a fast car to experience adventure? More sex to experience better intimacy with your significant other?
3. “What am I willing to do to get it?”
This is the hard part. If you want something, you have to go after it. Going after it involves things you may not want to do. It may involve being someone you normally aren’t.
It may involve tough conversations, getting outside of your comfort zone, skipping happy hour, staying in on Friday night or saying “no” more.
You will need to make sacrifices to achieve the things you want in life. It may mean sacrificing time, money or relationships.
This part isn’t meant for the weak. It’s meant for those willing to work and make sacrifices for the things they want in life.
Do this exercise right now. Ask yourself these questions aloud. Recite your answer aloud. Get in tune with your purpose.
Now get to work. Your dream is waiting.