We all want to live the life of our dreams. But how do you know if you’re living your life of purpose? Or that you’re on the path towards achieving your dream life? The simplest way you can tell if you’re living a purposeful life is if you live each day with excitement, energy, and passion. Living an authentic life extends to each part of your existence: Your career, relationships, hobbies, and living space are all connected when it comes to living with purpose.
Here are a few ways you can tell if you’re living a life of purpose (and how to help get you there if you aren’t):
You Wake Up Excited Every Morning.
If you consistently wake up feeling excited, enthusiastic, and energetic about starting your day every morning, that is a good sign you are living in line with your purpose. As you’re reading this, take a moment to reflect on this past week—do you recall waking up with a feeling of “Yay! Can’t wait to start another day!” Or, did you more often than not, wake up with the sinking feeling of, “Ugh. Do I have to do this all over again?”
One way to add more excitement into your mornings is to begin each day doing something you love. If that means spending a few moments reading a book you love or working on a hobby, you may start to wake up more and more enthusiastic every morning.
You Have “High Highs” and “Higher Lows.”
While you might have some days where you aren’t jumping from rainbows and smiling every second, you have a consistent feeling of happiness from day-to-day. This statement also means that you don’t jump from “high highs” to “low lows” at the drop of a hat. When you are living with purpose, your happiness is sustainable, meaning there isn’t a huge gap between your high moments and your moments of doubt.
One exercise that can help you experience more consistency in your positive emotions is to write down (or at least think about) all the blessings in your life which you are grateful for. The act of reflecting on the positive things breaks your focus on the bad things and gives way for more positive thinking.
You Have Fulfillment in Your Life.
When you’re living on purpose, you are fulfilled entirely since you are living a life that is submerged in personal meaning. However, sometimes we have the gut feeling that something is missing. If you are plagued with that empty feeling, then you are most likely not living to your highest purpose. If you are suffering from this feeling, especially if you feel it every day, consider contacting a life coach. They are third-party objectives that can help you realize why you are feeling this way and the steps to take to overcome it.
You Are Surrounded by Uplifting People.
If you feel encouraged, motivated, and uplifted by the people in your inner circle, then that’s a sign you have found your purpose and are living your life align with it. On the other hand, if you are consistently dealing with complaining, ungrateful, selfish, and judgmental people, then you are not truly living to your potential. A negative social circle points to the fact that you may be in turmoil with who you are and what you want for your life. A life coach can help you find local groups in your area that involve people who share the same passions and hobbies as you.
You Spend Time Doing the Things You Love.
Living true to your highest purpose is when you have the courage to spend time doing the things you love most, despite what family or friends may think. You aren’t afraid to go after your passions and dreams, and you won’t let the fear of negative or ignorant comments stop you from doing so. Joining a group of like-minded people is a great way to build your confidence. If you see other people working towards similar goals and dreams, you may find your self-esteem building along with the motivation to take action.
Your Job is Also Your Calling.
If you can say that you don’t just have a job, but a calling, you are most likely in tune with your purpose. Not only have you identified what your purpose is, but you have also made it your life’s driving force. On the opposite end, if you sit at work counting the hours until 5 o’clock, or you celebrate every Wednesday when the week is halfway over, you have yet to live true to your purpose. Once you’ve found your purpose, you may need to seriously consider a career change—one that energizes and excites you.
You Have Embraced the Journey Rather Than Waiting for the Destination.
One who has found their purpose in life takes pleasure in every moment in every day. They don’t find themselves saying, “I’ll be happier when…” A purposeful life is one that finds importance and happiness in the journey. But if you are so focused on getting to the next step and have brainwashed yourself into being swamped in stress and hopelessness, then you are living “off purpose.”
If you agree with the above statements, then you are living a life of purpose. However, if you lean more towards the opposite sides, you are not alone. There are many people out there that feel the same things you are feeling—lost, confused, and unclear where to begin. The Divine Purpose School is an online, self-study program that leads students to discover their purpose, all with the guidance of an authentic life coach. Check out the online program today, and start living the life you deserve.