I’m not here to pretend that finding purpose is easy or that it can be done in a simple exercise, but thinking about which activities you find most rewarding and meaningful in the past week, what you’re good at and often recognized for, what experiences you’d be unwilling to give up, and which ones you crave more time for, can help. Also, notice whether your observations reflect something you feel you ought to say and feel, as opposed to what you truly feel and enjoy.
Lying to yourself is one of the biggest barriers to creating purpose. Create the practice of being honest with yourself about what does and does not energize you.
The key to satisfaction is doing things that feel risky, uncomfortable and occasionally bad. Curious people knowingly invest in activities that cause them discomfort as a launch pad for continued growth.