The Power of Purpose
“Purpose” may seem like a vague term, but what it really means is finding your way to make a difference in the world. It’s difficult to feel depressed when you’re helping others. Remember that everyone’s purpose is different, and you don’t have to be a world-renowned surgeon or the President of the United States to have it. Maybe you’re called to be a janitor to keep a building clean and safe for school children or perhaps you work at a grocery store and help cheer up customers who seem like they’re having a bad day. No matter how “big” or “small”, purpose is about using your gifts to help others. In turn, giving your gift to the world will bring you greater joy and peace.
Finding Purpose Can Reduce Anxiety
Having purpose can also reduce anxiety. When you have a “mission” — something that you believe is important — it gives you something to focus on besides worry. Furthermore, it gives you a reason to get out of your comfort zone. We’re often more likely to challenge ourselves for others than for ourselves.
Finding purpose is not always easy. It’s a journey that is unique to each individual and cannot be rushed, nor should you feel pressured to find it. If you simply remain open to change and learning, you’ll eventually discover your purpose.
Here are some ways to get your journey started:
- Volunteer: Do you have a passion for certain causes? Try volunteering! Spend the day helping shelter animals, teaching an art class, or reading to sick children. You’ll make a difference and may even discover your passion.
- Foster Your Talents: We all have talents. Use them! Take lessons or just spend time working on your craft, then try to think of ways you can use your talents to help others.
- Do What You Love: We all have something we love to do, even if it’s not a “career”. That’s ok! Spend time doing what you love and ponder ways you can use your hobby to help others. For example, if you love gardening, maybe you can grow vegetables to donate to a soup kitchen or teach others to grow their own food.
- Be on the Lookout: Purpose isn’t just for those with extraordinary talents. Perhaps you just like chatting with others or lending a sympathetic ear to those in distress. Be on the lookout for those who could use an uplifting word or a someone to listen. Helping others, even in a small way, can make a difference in both of your lives!
Regardless of your unique talents and passions, we’ve all been given gifts that can help make the world a better, more loving place. In turn, helping others makes us happier and more fulfilled, leading to less depression and anxiety in our lives. So, take the time to find your purpose. Think of ways to help others. The world will thank you.
About the Author:
Steve Guarino is a certified integrative life coach, self-help author of Make Peace with Panic Naturally, and teacher of guided meditation. He is passionate about helping others find peace and happiness in spite of the life challenges they may be experiencing. Now that he is free from panic attacks, he enjoys spending time with family & friends, writing, traveling, and many other things that he struggled to do previously. Read more about Steve and his work here.