How to discover your life purpose


4 ways to discover your life purpose

Hello my friends, welcome to Chapter 48 of Sanguine Stories. This month we’re exploring Sanguine Element #9, how to live with purpose and vision.

Many of us, myself included, have an innate drive to improve, evolve and innovate, to make things better, smarter, and to live life with more ease; and these days, with technology, we are exponentially expanding the scope of what is possible.

But even as new opportunities arise, many people are still feeling unfulfilled or unhappy with their everyday lives.

We can get so caught up in the rat race and the mundane tasks we all have to do that we forget to slow down, to be mindful and to remember who we are and why we’re here, what we want to do with our ONE beautiful life.

Rather than feeling miserable when the alarm goes off and dragging yourself through the day, when you’ve found and are intentionally living your purpose, you instead feel alive and excited about what lies ahead.

Becoming clear on your purpose – by identifying, acknowledging, and honoring this purpose – is one of the most essential actions that you can take.

Finding your purpose in life means determining what your goals and dreams are – who you want to be, how you want to live, what you want to do – and not being afraid to think outside the box and maybe even go against the status quo.

Let’s also remember – purpose will look different for each and every person.

But there are a few ways that can help you find your life purpose:

  1.      Create a Vision Board

I created a vision board years ago. It sits in my living room, where the TV should technically be and it’s a daily reminder for me on who I am, what I’m doing and how I want to show up in the world.

You can make a vision board either online using a service like Pinterest, or buy yourself a giant poster board, scissors and glue, or a cork board and some push pins will work too.

Create your vision board by finding images online or in magazines, newspapers, books. Look for any pictures, photos, drawings or images that inspire you. Clip, cut and paste or pin.

See what story begins to emerge and look for any patterns.

You can learn a lot about your soul’s desires, your life purpose, by intentionally creating your vision board. With every image you visualize, you are directing the destination of where you want to be, what you want do, who you want to be. As many people say – you are able to find, and live, your true north.

But don’t forget – every intention must be followed up with an action if you want to take your dream and turn it into a reality.

  1.       Find out what drives you

You can begin to discover your purpose by exploring two questions:

  • What do you love to do and
  • What comes easily or naturally to you

For myself, I knew that I love to write, I love to create self-help personal development programs and both inspire and teach people to live better lives. And it does come naturally for me. Not that I don’t have to work at it (writer’s block is a real thing, my friends) but I do love supporting others in living their ONE beautiful life.I want to create more harmony in the world and help others when their life feels like a mess. Not because my life has been perfect – it hasn’t by any stretch of the imagination – but because I’ve had the opportunity to discover and use tools to help me live my life well.

My passion is sharing these tools, like the 11 sanguine elements we’re exploring, so that even when the world feels like it’s crumbling down around you, you can still stay on track and focused on your purpose in life.

  1.      Listen to what other people appreciate about you

There’s lots of successful artists, writers, and musicians who describe how appreciation from others fueled their work. Being appreciated for what you do – whether it’s in the form of a simple “thank you”, or applause from a cheering crowd or getting paid for your services can help fuel a sense of purpose.

  1.      Use backwards planning / reverse engineering

Imagine yourself at ninety years old. Imagine that you are looking back on your life, and you are entirely content that you lived a meaningful, enjoyable, and beautiful life. Imagine what the specifics of that life are, then work backwards through time to determine what you need to do in each decade between now and ninety in order to live that purposeful, beautiful life.

Finding your purpose in life might not happen overnight. It may require more soul searching and first just figuring out who you truly are. Give yourself space and time to reflect. Little by little, as you open yourself up to the idea of living a purposeful life, and explore more deeply who you want to be and what you want to do, ideas and opportunities will show up to help you along your path.

Feel like you need a little support? I invite you to come check out my Inherent Harmony program. Inside this online course, you will learn who you are, explore what living a meaningful life means for you and develop daily practices that help you savor each day … even when life goes awry.

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I’d love to hear from you… what’s your purpose in life? And what intentional actions are you taking to live your purpose?


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chrissy gruningerChrissy Gruninger is an author and mindset coach. She mentors people on how to live their ONE beautiful life, wherever they may be. Her latest book, Lost and Found in the Land of Mañana explores her life in Costa Rica and both the challenges of working and living abroad as well as the beautiful life we can create from those experiences.

She loves her rainforest beach shack in Costa Rica, the sunshine and the rain and passionately believes that through intentional actions we create more happiness, health and harmony in the world. 

Her goal: to empower others to thrive in an imperfect world.