How to Find Your Purpose

The first step in achieving success with the 7 Figure Dental Practice is defining success. And you can’t really define what success means to you if you don’t know your purpose in practicing dentistry, in pursuing success, and in living life. Once you understand your purpose, you can define success and align your goals to  your purpose.

The benefits of finding your purpose go beyond success, too. People with a strong sense of purpose tend to be healthier and live longer.

But now that you know the importance of finding your purpose–how can you do it? Here are seven ways to find your purpose in life. 

One person lending a hand to another while hiking. Just like in climbing, the first step in achieving success is defining success.

Utilize Your Talents

A great way to start finding your purpose is to just do what comes natural. Do the things that are easy for you to do, and see how that feels. Do you like talking to patients about their diet, helping them improve oral hygiene, and otherwise helping them control their risk? Preventive dentistry might be part of your purpose. 

Are you good at repairing damaged teeth, whether they were damaged by trauma, decay, or erosion? Restorative dentistry might be part of your purpose. 

Do you have a flair for the aesthetic, including looking at smiles with an artistic eye, then figuring out how to make them even more attractive? Cosmetic dentistry might be part of your purpose.

Of course, it’s more complicated than just doing what is easy for you. Next, it’s critical to evaluate your feelings–and those of others–to find your true sense of purpose. 

Do What You Enjoy

Carefully evaluate your feelings as you do the things you are good at. For some people, this feels right. You’ll really get a sense of purpose, like this is what you’re meant to do. 

For other people, you might notice that it just doesn’t feel right. You might be good at preventive dentistry, but it doesn’t feel satisfying. You want to do more complex restorative cases. 

What do you do, then? You’ve figured out that you need to get better at restorative cases to have a satisfying career. 

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to determine your purpose on your own. After all, none of us practices in a vacuum–and we never will. So it’s important to get an outside perspective on our life and purpose. 

Listen, Learn, and Read

Because we operate in concert with others, our purpose might very well be found by looking at ourselves through other people’s eyes. One good place to start with this is simply listening to what others have to say about you. Listen to the things that people say about you, especially the things that people appreciate. This helps you understand how you can make a difference in people’s lives. 

In addition, it’s possible that the reason you’re having trouble finding your purpose because it’s just not within your current horizons. Expanding your horizons by learning more can really help you get perspective to find your purpose. 

Reading can also help, above and beyond helping you learn. Stories help you see the world from different perspectives, and this can give you a better sense of purpose. Studies show that whether you’re reading The Bible or poetry and fiction, it can give you a stronger sense of purpose. 

Find Where It Hurts

One powerful aspect of having a purpose is a sense that we are doing good in the world, contributing to making the world a better place. One way to find a purpose that aligns you with improving the world is looking at people who are being hurt in the world. Find hurts that affect you emotionally, that make you want to respond and help. 

When you realize what wrongs inspire you to do right, you are close to finding your purpose. 

Give of Yourself

Not everyone can figure out what inspires them by going through a detached intellectual exercise. You might need to be up close and personal with people’s pain to now what really motivates you. 

One way to do that is to volunteer. Give of yourself to causes. When you’re donating your time and your talent to people, you are intricately involved in their pain. This can make it easier to understand what truly affects you emotionally. 

Join with Like-Minded People

It can be hard to find your purpose on your own. So at a certain point, it’s time to stop trying, and look for help in this quest. You don’t have to hire a formal consultant–you can join a study group or even a social club. Talk to other people about this question, and listen to their answers–and their questions. They might also be searching, but they’ve likely tried different things.

Tell Your Story

Reading other people’s stories can give you insight into how they found their purpose. The answer to your purpose might also be in your story. So take the time to tell your story. 

The function of telling your story is the same as the function of reading other people’s stories: it gives you perspective. As you live your life, you are too much inside it, but if you step outside it and view it from the outside, as a story with you as the protagonist, the answers might become clear. 

Can’t Find Your Purpose? Let Me Help

Of course, sometimes, you go through all these steps and you just can’t find the answer. Or maybe you feel like you’re floundering now and you don’t have the time to go through all these steps to find the answer. 

That’s where I can come in. I have helped many dentists find their purpose and define the terms of their success, which lets us then set up goals for them to achieve their success. 

Please call today to schedule a consultation about finding purpose in your practice. 

By |2019-10-07T17:14:06-07:00October 7th, 2019|Articles, Purpose|

About the Author:

Dr. Safarian has lived in San Diego for more than 20 years. He was on a soccer scholarship in college and played professional soccer for the San Diego Sockers and Puebla F.C. prior to pursuing a career as a leading San Diego dentist.