Recently, a client asked me that question. I asked them to describe what had been happening and what changed since they last felt a clear sense of purpose.
They’d been on vacation for a few weeks and stopped doing their usual routine and habits that support their wellbeing. They started doom-scrolling on their phone, reading the news about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the mounting anti-LGBTQ and anti-trans laws and regulations in the US.
If you've ever felt lost or helpless because of what’s happening in the world, here are 3 strategies to help you feel purposeful.
#1. Remind yourself of your purpose
What is your purpose? Speak it aloud if you have it written down, and consciously experience how the words make you feel in your body. If you don’t feel empowered, you need to refine and update your purpose.
#2. What's ONE thing you can do first thing in your day that connects with your purpose?
Pick a task, habit, or routine that puts you on the path of pursuing and living your purpose. This is the being of purpose — the actions that make you feel aligned with what brings you the experiences of happiness and freedom.
#3. What's one thing, no matter how small, that you can do to make a difference for someone else?
We can't solve the world’s problems alone. You can donate money or volunteer your skills to an organization aligned with your purpose. It's not about how much or making something new. It's about doing something meaningful.
Whatever action you choose, journal about how that made you feel, and what you can do to feel more of that every day.