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In this article, you’ll learn what purpose is and why every teenager needs to find their's. You will also be able to download a FREE template to guide you through identifying and defining your purpose.
Purpose is one of the fundamental pillars of success. To be truly successful, you need to have a dream, an objective, an overarching goal for your life, which is your very purpose for living.
Definition of Purpose:
1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
3. determination; resoluteness.
4. the subject in hand; the point at issue.
5. practical result, effect, or advantage.
Now, lets look at the first 2 of these definitions and why it’s so vital for success.
Purpose Definition 1: The reason for which something exists, is done or was made.
You are not on this earth by accident. Every human is unique, and just as you have a unique DNA and fingerprint, you also have areas of strength and weakness, you have interests different from other people. You get excited by things that bore others or upset by things that others overlook or vice versa. You may feel passionate about an issue or dream of finding a solution to a problem that infuriates you. You may wish someone would come along and solve a problem (that someone is probably you).
These are not coincidences, they are pointers to your purpose, they point you to your passion.
Your chances of success are a lot higher when you enjoy what you are doing, and it aligns with your natural talents, like and dislikes.
Purpose provides you with a target; achieving this target results in success. Essentially you achieve success when you achieve the goals that you set based on your purpose.
You were born for a purpose, so you have the talent, attitude, and interest in it. You are actually drawn to it like a magnet.
Purpose Definition 2 : An intended or desired end; goal
At the end of your journey here on earth, how do you think you will be remembered. What would be written about you very many years from now long after you have passed away?.
I know, you don’t want to think about that now, but it’s important. Actually, this is the best time to think about it. It means that you can start early to work towards your goals. Identifying your end goal, the very reason for your being will help you visualize and work towards your life's goal.
Image you are 80 years old looking back on how you've spent your life; What did you change? Who did you impact? What did you invent? What were the major accomplishments in your life? What was your gift to the world? How did your coming this way make any difference?
I know It can be tricky defining your purpose; don’t worry. We’ve created an easy Finding your Purpose for Teenagers Guide to help you define your purpose. Click here to download it now.
This guide is a very effective way of getting a concise overview of what you what to achieve in your life and could guide you towards a career and acquiring the information and skills you need to be successful.
When you do this exercise, be sincere with yourself. Don’t let any current obstacles or disabilities limit your aspirations. Please don’t be reasonable. This is your life we’re talking about. It’s got to worth exchanging for something amazing.
Did you do the exercise? You know what? you’ve just defined your purpose. Now, don’t’ fret you have your whole life both to refine and achieve it. And it’s a good thing you are starting early.
This is really your life’s mission.
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Yes they do; and here's why.
It Encourages Thinking - The process of setting goals demands that teenagers think beyond the 'now'. It's a fast paced world with a million distractions per minute (games, TV, computers, apps, you name it). Actually sitting down to think about goals and envisioning the future, forces them to stop and engage their minds on what could be. Please note that the goals need to be written.
Action - By now we know that goals need to be SMART. Do keep the list short to start with, and don't stop there. For each goal, ensure that there are at least 3 actions that need to be carried out to see that goal realized. Setting the goals and identifying the actions required to see them accomplished, sets teenagers up to take action. They learn early in life that a goal is not a wish list. It's more of an action list.
Accomplishment - Goals set, check! Actions to accomplish them, check! Review process? Yes, measuring the results periodically and feeling that sense of accomplishment is extremely motivational. Even if they don't hit moon, they'll be in the good company of the stars. On the other hand, the review process could reveal that they're way off course, in which case the goals and actions may need to be reviewed.
Start Now - What are you waiting for? Start setting goals today. The goals could be around your studies, developing new skills, making friends or even starting a business, most importantly, it should be about your life's purpose.
All you need a fresh notebook or preferably a motivational, purpose designed, goal setting journal such as our Can Do Journal - The Perfect Motivational Planning Tool for Teens and Young adults. Loaded with inspirational quotes, including quotes from Can Do- A Collection of Inspirational Quotes for Teens and Young Adults.