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For start, take a second to answer the following yes/no questions:

  • Are you married?
  • Do you have children?
  • Did you go to college?
  • Do you like your job?

Don’t worry, there are no right or wrong answers here.

But, the key question related to the previous ones is:

Were all of the above YOUR personal choices or were you talked into them just because the society expected you to make such choices?

In other words, did you choose how to live your life or somebody imposed it on you?

Are you satisfied with what you’ve become?

If you’re happy with the way your life goes, you’re probably following your life passion and purpose.

On the other hand, if you were forced to live a false life either willingly or unwillingly, and you’re feeling depressed and anguished as a result all the time, you must be living outside your true life purpose.

This can be so hard that you can even feel physical pain.

Good news:

If you belong to the latter group of people, you CAN choose to fix this and stop living a life others expect from you.

Yes, you do have a choice!

Decide you’ll no more pay attention to what society dictates and it’s the first step towards getting out of the pattern of the automatic negative mindset.
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Isn’t the freedom of choice all humans have marvelous?

Understandably, the feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction with your life comes from making the right choices.

You just need to dare to choose and get ready to enjoy the benefits.

And now we’ll help you to fully realize how living your life with purpose and to your fullest potential can truly make you happier and healthier.

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1. You’ll become mentally and physically healthier

The most significant benefit you can gain from choosing a lifestyle that is aligned with your genuine purpose is physical and mental health. When you have a sense of meaning, you’ll be more prone to adopting positive behaviors and healthy habits.

There’s nothing more important than your health and that’s the primary reason why this fight is well worth your effort.

For instance, if your parents have chosen your career path or even your significant other and pushed you into living a life of false identity instead of staying true to your dreams and aspirations, over time you’re bound to get into a state of:

  • constant anxiety,
  • considerable worry,
  • frustration,
  • self-doubt and
  • many other similar negative emotions that will seriously harm your health.

You probably won’t be able to concentrate on your work and you’ll have a sense of totally losing control of your reality among various other issues.

Sounds familiar?

Also, the lack of purpose in life is proven to lead to:

What’s more, studies have shown the increased risk of cardiovascular death by 20% among people who didn’t live their life with a sense of purpose when compared with those who did.

This is not a joke.

Remember – only meaningful life is a healthy life.

2. You’ll engage with life from a different perspective

People who make their own choices and account responsible for them are usually able to spot favorable and golden opportunities and be more self-confident.

They do not let the fear of uncertainty grow into pessimism and become an obstacle to realizing their true potential.

Quite the opposite!

They nurture curiosity and observe uncertainty as an unexplored path leading to wonderful destinations waiting to be discovered. Thanks to a purposeful life, they become willing to embrace the future regardless of fear and insecurity, which is a common part of everyone’s life.

So, once you start a new life, you’ll be able to clearly recognize and seize good opportunities.

3. You’ll better understand the world around you

Nothing opens up a person’s mind like living a fulfilled and purposeful life.

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All of a sudden, you become sensitive to even the subtlest nuances in life, no matter whether they’re related to business, communication, or any other aspect of your life.

Once you stop seeing life in black and white only, you’ll be able to notice a wide array of beautiful colors, which will provide you with a profound understanding of the whole world.

Naturally, expanding your horizons leads to achieving your goals more easily and to satisfaction with your results.

How wonderful, isn’t it?

4. You’ll become truly grateful for what you have

Simply acknowledging the difference between your desires and needs in life will help you switch your focus to what you have rather than dwelling on what you don’t have.

You’ll learn to express genuine gratitude for small things on a daily basis, which will further teach you how to concentrate on enjoying the present moment, which is the only life that actually matters.

The benefits of cultivating gratitude are enormous. The sooner you start practicing it, the better.

There are many simple yet effective techniques and exercises you can use. Perhaps you could start with keeping a simple gratitude journal or at least making use of a concise worksheet like this?

It’s up to you to open your heart and persist until you wake up every day feeling thankful.

5. You’ll instinctively make wiser career decisions

Aligning yourself more closely to your job brings about awareness of opportunities you should grab. So, a life with purpose will make you more courageous to take risks because you’ll know intuitively how to choose your battles.

Guess what:

This leads to long-term success because it generates from a growth mindset.

Even better:

People who live their life purposefully typically feel a strong desire to become a part of a calling that is bigger than themselves and to make a positive impact on other people’s lives even if their earnings are not skyrocketing.

That’s called living with a vision.

What is yours?

6. You’ll master the art of turning failure into success

Warning:

No one says you’ll feel great when you fail and it will be a piece of cake to let go of it.

This is about equipping yourself with effective strategies for dealing with failure. Simply put, you’ll be more than willing to embrace constant personal and professional growth and learn that failure is an inevitable part of that journey.

Here’s expert advice on how to overcome the fear of failure or any other manifestation of this awful feeling.

When you decide to pursue a life aligned with your genuine purpose, you need to approach it as a never-ending adventure.

Stop caring about the judgment of other people and start pursuing your dreams.

Always remember: failure is NOT the opposite of success, but a part of it.

7. You’ll learn how to forgive and regain your inner peace

When you live with purpose, you’re able to better understand the world around you, as we’ve already mentioned. It means that you’re aware no one is perfect, which makes it easier for you to forgive mistakes to others and to yourself.

Isn’t it an amazing way to honor your own life and calling?

Getting rid of old grudges and tension is when your daily life becomes blissfully peaceful.

It’s a gradual process which doesn’t imply denying unwillingness and certain negative emotions along the way.

8. You’ll boost your self-confidence

When you choose a purposeful life, your character is more likely to be shaped by positive events instead of giving place to a debilitating mindset which is bound to lower or completely ruin your self-esteem sooner or later.

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The purpose in life will significantly increase your confidence and competence so that you’ll be brave enough to get to grips with any challenge you come across despite the slight fear of unknown.

9. You’ll become more empathetic and willing to offer help

Realizing that no one’s perfect and that we all need support in life will make you feel more empathy for the people around you, so you won’t place the blame on others for your failures.

Instead, you’ll become more balanced once you discover your strengths, so that you’ll want to help others to live their purpose, thrive and feel the same. You’ll admit that empowering others and serving your community is nearly impossible to achieve when you’re not self-aware.

Stay true to your authentic self

Life purpose is what brings happiness to your life, so stop running the old rat race!

You have only one life to live. It’s totally up to you to figure out how you want to live it, find your purpose and fight hard for it. Nothing else makes sense.

Your personal fulfillment is what you should strive for even if it means you have to break some societal rules or disappoint your parents who’re expecting you to pursue their dreams instead of yours.

Don’t get crippled by the judgment of others. Dare to live up to the happiness and you’ll experience many more benefits than mentioned here.

Best of luck!

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I'm Katrina McKinnon, creator of eCommerce University, founder of McKinnon Group and Small Revolution. I'm using my 20 years' experience in building and operating online businesses to create engaging educational materials that helps others become successful online workers. Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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