How Defining Your Purpose Will Instantly Get You to Make Massive Change
Passion. Purpose. Words that are often used interchangeably. And when we talk about them, we find ourselves lighting up inside because they’re things we love doing more than anything else.
I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but these two words are actually entirely different. Passion is an internal energy while purpose is aimed at your external environment—something you can contribute to the world.
For example, you might be passionate about making pottery. But your purpose might be to actually teach others how to make ceramics.
It’s really not that complicated, so don’t feel overwhelmed. Let’s try to keep it as simple as possible here: If you want to have unstoppable motivation and energy, you first need to identify your passion(s) and then use it to find your purpose.
Another less obvious example: Imagine a middle-aged father. He gets up every morning at 5am before work to exercise. He is not passionate about working out. So why does he do it? Because his purpose is to be able to easily keep up with his children.
Alright, maybe you’re not a middle-aged father, so what does this mean for you? Well, consider how often you find yourself lacking motivation to complete tasks. Maybe you just need to think about why you want to complete those tasks in the first place. And if you can tie the answer to your purpose, you’ll find yourself far more motivated to act.
Another trick to staying motivated is to think about who you are and what defines you. The answers to these questions can be powerful drivers for behavioral change.
For example, a Stanford University study divided participants into two groups. They asked one group, “How important is it for you to vote?” And the other group, “How important is it for you to be a voter?” The difference is subtle but the outcome was significant. Those asked about being a voter ended up 13 percent more likely to take part in the elections.
What does this say about us? It’s simple. If you identify yourself with a goal or habit you want to achieve, your motivation increases.
Hope you enjoyed the read.