Do you feel like you’re disconnected from life? Like outside of your responsibilities, you don’t have any activities or interests that ignite your passion? Feel like you’re struggling to discover your life’s purpose?
The truth is, it takes time, soul-searching, and usually, some life experience to identify your true passions and your purpose in life.
But it’s an important thing to do for both your physical and mental wellbeing. A lack of purpose can be detrimental to your health with studies showing that it can even shorten your lifespan.
So let’s work towards unearthing your passions and purpose, shall we?
These 15 prompts are written to tap into your wants, needs, desires, and fantasies. Have fun with them and discover what you can add to your life that will fill it with delight.
Table of Contents
- 15 Soul Searching Questions to Ask Yourself to Help Discover Your Life’s Purpose
- #1 – What’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do?
- #2 – If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, what would it be?
- #3 – Where do I really want to live? What city and what type of residence?
- #4 – Where would I like to visit?
- #5 – What do I talk about doing but never do it?
- #6 – What are the reasons I don’t go after my dreams?
- #7 – How will I finish the sentence, “More than anything, before I die, I want to ________?”
- #8 – What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of?
- #9 – Which people in my life inspire me and why?
- #10 – If I were to make just one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be?
- #11 – How do I feel when I put all my effort into accomplishing one of my goals?
- #12 – How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal?
- #13 – What’s missing from my life?
- #14 – Who are my biggest supporters?
- #15 – Who gets in the way of me achieving my goals?
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15 Soul Searching Questions to Ask Yourself to Help Discover Your Life’s Purpose
#1 – What’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do?
What’s something you’ve wanted to do for as long as you can remember? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano. Or maybe the pyramids of Giza have been calling your name for years?
Consider what would need to happen in order for you to achieve this long sought-after desire. Now make a plan and get started.
#2 – If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, what would it be?
Let your mind go. Be “unrealistic” if you want. For example, you might love the idea of spending the day trail running in the mountains even though you currently get winded after 1/4 mile.
#3 – Where do I really want to live? What city and what type of residence?
Perhaps you’re already fulfilling this passion and you do live in your true first choice. If not, consider the possibilities of moving to a place you’ll love. Is there a way to make this happen?
In my case, it was always my dream to live in Paris, France. I was never sure how this was going to happen, though. I didn’t know anyone who lived in Europe, I wasn’t a European citizen and I didn’t have the money to live in Paris.
However, I continued to visualize myself living in the city of love. When I was in university, a friend invited me to a “student exchange” information night. Intrigued, I went along. Fast forward 6 months and there I was, climbing the stairs to my new apartment in Paris where I lived as an exchange student for one year, with a grant from my university.
#4 – Where would I like to visit?
Perhaps you’re harboring a secret yearning to visit Washington, D.C. or Westminster Abbey in London. The streets of Hong Kong may be calling your name or even the Grand Canyon. How can you make it happen?
#5 – What do I talk about doing but never do it?
In a conversation, you might state something like, “For the last 10 years, I’ve really wanted to take a cruise to the Caribbean.” Why haven’t you gone? Have you had the opportunity but passed it up for some reason? If money is an issue, is there something you can give up to help you save?
#6 – What are the reasons I don’t go after my dreams?
Explore within yourself why you haven’t pursued the life you want. Is it fear of failure? Or even fear of success? Can you do something differently to help bring your dreams to life?
#7 – How will I finish the sentence, “More than anything, before I die, I want to ________?”
Say it out loud and fill in the blank with the first thing that pops into your head. Then, figure out a way to accomplish it.
#8 – What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of?
If you’re discovering you don’t love everything about your life, maybe it’s time to do some “housecleaning.” Make a list of the ways you’d like your life to change.
#9 – Which people in my life inspire me and why?
It’s important to know who inspires you so you can spend more time with them. What is it about them that lights you up so much? Decide to take every step to be inspired more often.
#10 – If I were to make just one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be?
Your answer to this question will really open up your possibilities. Moving to a bigger city might really spice up your life. What would happen if you went back to school?
You’ll be happier if you chase your dreams. Make 1 change.
#11 – How do I feel when I put all my effort into accomplishing one of my goals?
Notice these feelings. You’ll no doubt want to experience them more often.
#12 – How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal?
Use this feeling as motivation towards achieving other goals and discovering your purpose/passion.
#13 – What’s missing from my life?
Answering this question requires considerable soul-searching. Dig deep and be prepared to face any demons.
#14 – Who are my biggest supporters?
It’s wise to know the people that will stand behind you and help you pursue your passions, no matter what.
#15 – Who gets in the way of me achieving my goals?
In order to find your true passions, you might be required to disengage from those who wish to counteract your efforts. And the sad fact is, there are probably people in your life who don’t want to see you succeed. Always remember, “wolves don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep.”
If you take the time to thoroughly ponder each of these questions, you’ll be pleased with what you discover. Your true passions are inside you, just waiting to be let loose to bring you excitement, joy, and fulfillment.