Do you wonder what the purpose of your life is? So many people tell me how frustrated and lost they feel because they don’t understand what the purpose of their life is, and that all they feel like they’re doing is waking up, going to work, coming home, and then doing it all again the next day. It’s also common for people to ask themselves about the purpose of life when times get tough.
So when people ask me if I know what the purpose of my life is, I say, “Yes, I know. And guess what…I know yours too.” You see, everybody’s purpose of life is simply this – enjoy it. It’s not any bigger than that. It’s not any grander than that, yet that is a very grand purpose. The purpose of life is to enjoy it – that’s what you’re here for.
Now, if you feel that that sounds like a selfish purpose and that you’d rather your purpose in life to be about serving others or changing the world, then the reality is that it is about changing the world. In order for the world to change, you must change first. You can’t change anything outside of yourself until you change first, which means working on yourself.
Here’s how it works: if you’re enjoying life, then you’re going to spread the joy. Whenever you plant your happiness, your happiness grows. And it’s pretty hard for you to be planting happiness when you’re not enjoying yourself.
When you work on yourself being consistently happy, you can find happiness every day. You start to live today not just like it’s another day in your life, but as if your entire life is in this day. I mean, if this was your last day on the planet wouldn’t you want to enjoy it?
And at the end of your lifetime when you’re taking your last breath and you look over your life and say “That was awesome, I had a great time!” then your life has been a success. You fulfilled your purpose. If you want that to be your outlook at the end of your life, you have to start living life and enjoying it right now.
If you find yourself thinking, that’s all well and good Kurek, but you don’t understand my struggles, well we all have our own challenges, struggles, pressures in life – finances, relationships, health, etc. Everybody goes through that. Yes, some days you wake up and you think it’s going to be a great day, and then your legs get kicked out from underneath you. The key question is, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to struggle through it all and miss it? Are you going to sacrifice important parts of your life now so that one day you’ll have a better life?
The truth is, is that there isn’t a day called ‘one day’ or ‘some day’. If you’re going to forego your happiness now, for example by not spending time with your children or partner, family or friends, just so that you can be happy at some future point – it ‘aint going to happen.
Here are three key ways on how to enjoy life:
- Have gratitude: open up your mind to being grateful about everything. Each day ask yourself “What am I grateful for today?
- If you’re going to do something, make it great: for example, if you’re going to have a cup of coffee then make it an amazing cup of coffee. If someone else has made it for you then taste it, sip it, savour it, enjoy it – don’t just gulp it down and miss it. When you start enjoying each moment in life, and you start connecting the moments together they become enjoyable minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years – lifetime.
- Learn to like your dislikes. If you’ve got to do it, you might as well enjoy it, right?
When you work on your own personal development regularly, a great byproduct will be that you achieve the goals you set in life. And more importantly, when life sometimes kicks your legs out from under you, you will also have the strength and fortitude to stand back up, brush yourself off and have an awesome adventure along the rest of your journey of life.
So make this moment excellent. Make this moment enjoyable. Live within your purpose of life to enjoy it on the highest level. When you have that as your life’s outcome and you work with a strategy of enjoying everything, you’ll fulfill your life’s purpose.