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20 Journal Prompts to Help You Find Your Life Purpose

Did you know that journaling can help you find your life purpose?

Using journal prompts can help you delve deeper and unlock certain thoughts and feelings towards your life as it currently is, as well as the life that you want to lead.

A lot of the time, we’re unhappy and unfulfilled by where we are in our lives, but we don’t know how to go about changing it, or even how to figure out what needs to be changed.

We know we want to live in a way that makes us feel happy, helpful, and rewarded, but simply don’t know where to start to find it.

Finding your life purpose is a fulfilling, yet difficult undertaking, and one that requires a lot of introspection and self-awareness. This can be gained through journaling.

I’m going to go over exactly how you can do that, as well as some excellent journal prompts to help you find your purpose.

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What does ‘life purpose’ mean?

Your ‘life purpose’ can be taken to mean a number of different things.

For example, you may believe that our literal life purpose on this earth is to procreate or to live each day to the fullest. You may believe there’s no meaning at all.

From a spiritual perspective, your life purpose might be what you were put on this earth to do. By extension, you might believe that your life purpose was predetermined before you even entered this life and that it’s just a matter of you finding it.

However, for the sake of this blog post, when we refer to finding your ‘life purpose’ (or purposes), we’re talking about discovering what we would make you feel happy, fulfilled, and rewarded.

Your life purpose is the driving force behind your goals and aspirations; your biggest motivator. Your passion that not only makes you feel joy and pride, but helps others as well.

It gives your life direction, meaning and depth.

While finding your life purpose isn’t about finding the meaning of life, discovering it is part of living a meaningful life.

How do we find our life purpose?

Finding your life purpose takes a lot introspection.

You need to consider a few factors:

  • What makes you happy?
  • What are you good at?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are you drawn to do?
  • What interests/hobbies/passions do you have that help others?
  • What can also sustain you financially, if you feel like your life purpose is career motivated?

Your life purpose needs to at least overlap in a couple of these categories, namely, what makes you happy while simultaneously helping others.

While your life purpose doesn’t need to bring you monetary gain or be a career choice, it does help to know that if you need it to bring you financial stability, it can. You also need to consider how it would do this.

Venn diagram on finding your life purpose

What’s more, you need to decipher between simple hobbies and interests that might wane, and what would bring you a lifetime of fulfilment.

This is where journaling comes in.

Can journaling help us find our life purpose?

Journaling can be an amazing tool to help us find out life purpose because it helps us collect our jumbled thoughts.

When we’re excited about something (or even when we’re not) it can be hard to hone in on and hold onto one train of thought.

For example, if you sit down and simply try to organise your interests into a list in your head, you may find yourself forgetting and getting distracted, especially if you’re neuro-divergent and struggle with focusing.

By the time you get around to figuring out which interests of yours overlap with interests that also help others, you might have forgotten some of your key interests.

This is why writing down your thoughts can be helpful.

What’s more, since you know you won’t forget, as it’s all written down, journaling gives you the chance to be introspective and explore points that you’ve written down in more detail without being worried about losing your train of thought.

You can vent and sort through your emotions in a calm, clear, intentional way, safe in the knowledge that everything you need is written down on paper and not just bouncing around in your head.

Writing your goals down is also motivational because it makes them more ‘real’.

Journal prompts to help you find your purpose can aid you even further because they guide you in the right direction. They literally prompt you to follow a path with your thoughts and find your life purpose.

They help boost self-awareness and dig into your inner thought processes to find the right answers.

Journal prompts also save you time, as they lay the question or thinking exercise out for you so that you can avoid all the guess-work, and they save you stress, confusion and frustration.

This is why I recommend using journal prompts so vehemently with my journaling workbook, Master Your Mindset With Journaling.

It’s been nothing short of life-changing for me.

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Journal prompts to help you find your life purpose

If you’re looking to find your life purpose, here are some great journal prompts to help your find it.

  1. What does finding your life purpose mean to you?
  2. How do you think finding your life purpose would make you feel?
  3. How does trying to find your life purpose make you feel?
  4. Do you already feel like you have a good idea of what your life purpose is? If so, what is it?
  5. What does your dream life look like?
  6. What are 10 things you enjoy doing? For example, hobbies or interests.
  7. What are 10 things that make you happy?
  8. Think about which of the 10 things you enjoy that you could do quite happily for the rest of your life. Narrow down your list.
  9. Which of your interests are you good at? Where do your strengths lie? Narrow down your list further.
  10. Which of your interests have the potential to help others? How?
  11. Is making money via your life purpose important to you?
  12. Which of your interests, if any, have the potential to be a career?
  13. What are you passionate about?
  14. What brings you stress? What do you want to avoid? (It’s useful to rule out life paths in order to hone in on what you do want.)
  15. Now that you have a narrowed down list of interests/hobbies/passions that make you happy and help other people, write about three potential life purpose options.
  16. Do you have a five-year plan? If so, what is it? If not, write down where you want to be in five years. What do you want your life to look like?
  17. What are five long-term goals for your life purpose?
  18. How can you work towards fulfilling your life purpose this year?
  19. What are some shorter-term goals that work towards your life purpose that you can do this month?
  20. What’s something you can do to work towards your life purpose today?

(Check out my Journal Prompt Library for 750+ journal prompts to help you transform your mindset all in one place.)

Remember, you’re never too old to find your life purpose. It’s never too late to find happiness and fulfilment.

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