Having a purpose in life creates a focus that fills the void discovered in recovery. But why is it so hard to identify your life’s purpose? When we are young, we aren’t taught to reflect on our purpose in life. Discovering our life’s purpose takes real self-examination and awareness.

You know you are getting closer to discovering your purpose in life when you discover what fires you up, what drives you.

Follow these steps to discover your passion in life:

Reflect on what pain, injustice, or unhappiness you witnessed that you just can’t live with? Think of a time where you have been touched so deeply that you felt compelled to act in some way? Often, a powerful purpose can come from a powerful pain.

To further investigate the path to your purpose, ask yourself what energizes you? What you are willing to personally sacrifice for. Your willingness to sacrifice your pride, comforts, or sense of security is usually centered around what is important to you and determines your level of success.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” -  Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are many problems in the world with an equal number of solutions. What is the problem you want to solve and who will you help with that solution? By figuring out the specific group of people you want to help, you can more easily find your purpose.

Where does your passion reside, what do you love to do? When you find the passion for something you love, the passion will drive you towards your purpose. Recognizing what you are passionate about and honing your skills around that passion will help you to achieve your unique goals and solutions for your unique problems.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”― Theodore Roosevelt

Life is a journey and discovering the purpose in life is part of that journey. There will be ups and downs along the way, that is normal and to be expected. Feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of it, is also okay. Nothing worth doing is easy.