What is it that drives us insanely at times to go against logic, against everyone else's warnings of imminent disaster and the financial black hole? I can only say that when you have heard that still small voice within, then there is no looking back.
For most people who make a commitment to live their life's purpose there has been a trauma or extreme event that has not just triggered a life changing impulse but has rewritten history. For me it was a near death experience, for others it can be surviving tremendous adversity or a major disaster. Once we are shaken up in this way, it is impossible to look at a life in the same way. It is as if a mist has lifted and the underlying reality can now be fully appreciated.
Appreciation usually is the key, even in a relatively hum drum mundane lifestyle. Once we express our gratitude for everything and everyone in our lives (especially those things/people/events we would rather never have had to deal with!) then a corner is turned. It takes a great deal of discipline to do this on a regular basis. We are wired to maintain tried and trusted ways. Habit patterns are hard to break especially if upheld by our culture. It is however, more than just a possibility. So many now are living in a reality built upon gratitude. Much of this has come from the dissemination of Buddhist teachings and mindfulness techniques.
How do you know you have reached the point of finding your purpose let alone living it? Well, there are no words or explanations for that. You just KNOW! Every day is a joy and brings new and exciting opportunities to your door. No longer are you living in a strait-jacket imposed by the outside world. In short, a comprehensive feeling of empowerment enfolds you.