This is one of the biggest, greatest and most fascinating mysteries of all time.
For one thing, most people are caught up in the day-to-day chores, running errands, paying bills and surviving through the day; For another, a lot of us never really stop and give ourselves some quiet time to contemplate this imperative life question.
However, if you don't put some serious thought into this question and take action for some mini-experiments, you're very likely going to drift like the average mediocre masses and never experience the kind of maximum achievement, total fulfillment and deep meaning of a purposeful life.
So how do you find your purpose then?
Well, firstly recognize the fact that it's a never-ending process.
Your path to discovering your purpose is similar to peeling off layer after layer of an onion. There's always something inside.
But the good thing is that, every time another layer unfolds, you will reach a deeper level of what you're supposed to do in life.
So maybe right now you aspire to be the next best New York Times Best Seller.
Writing is something you are passionate about, it's what you do naturally in your leisure time, and you don't mind doing it for free because the process energizes you.
That's awesome and you should definitely go for it.
However, there may be a point in the future (maybe 5, 10, or 20 years later) when you don't feel inspired to write anymore.
Maybe writing has become something you hate rather than love.
Maybe you're tired of the business side of launching a successful book.
Maybe the world doesn't like your writings anymore.
That's okay, accept the fact that things change and you've evolved to become a different person. It's time to start some mini experiments again.
It's time to leave your comfort area of familiarity and explore the world a bit.
It's time to hang out with new people and meet some friends so you gain fresh insights, stimulation and inspiration.
It's time to try out new activities, places, food, fun, adventures etc. and feel alive again.
And because of these new stimuli, you'll likely acquire new motivation to pursue something new.
What makes you happy may change.
What attracts you may change.
What you love may change.
What you hate may change.
Life is a never-ending process of experimentation.
Every time you're nudged by God, the Universe, the Cosmo, the 6th sense or whatever you believe in to do certain things that your heart, gut and soul wants to, you're moving one step closer to your core purpose.
Be aware of these signals.
Give yourself permission to feel, to discover, to experiment, to fail, to be wrong.
And when something resonates with your deepest core being like nothing else, maybe your calling has arrived. At least for now.