How To Discover Your Life Purpose

Jonathan at Illuminated Mind writes an excellent post about “How to Find Your Purpose in Life” (site no longer exists). I love his explanation of purpose:

Your purpose has nothing to do with your degree, your resume, your career, or vocation. Your purpose is independent of all those things. In fact, it’s much bigger than any of those. Purpose has to do with your creative self expression. It has to do with what makes you feel alive. It’s something you do, where at the end of the day you think “I made a difference.”

Jonathan gives a four step exercise where you answer the question “What is my true purpose in life?” or “How would I want to be remembered when I die?” There is also a part about aligning your job and your life purpose.

The exercise comes from How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes where Steve Pavlina writes about how he found his life purpose.

See also:
What do you REALLY want to do with your life?
Motivation Is Garbage
What If Money Was No Object?
How to find your passion in life

Read elsewhere: Do what you love. Find Your Purpose In Life

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

The Rule of One or Curly’s Law

When browsing around over at Rebel Zen I came across Curly’s law. It is from the movie City Slickers. Jack Palance plays Curly (which gives him an Oscar for best supporting actor) and Billy Crystal plays Mitch.

Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?

Curly: This. [holds up one finger]

Mitch: Your finger?

Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.

Mitch: But what is the “one thing?”

Curly: [smiles] That’s what you have to find out.

I remember that part from watching the movie many years ago. It stuck somewhere in my mind but did not make much impact at that time. Now when I am older and (hopefully) wiser I realize that Curly’s law makes a lot of sense and summarizes things nicely.

One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.

Just do one thing – see How to find your passion.

Do one thing at a time.

Do one thing at a time and be fully present – mindfulness.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Think before starting something new

Skellie wrote an excellent post about “5 Hard Questions You Should Answer Before Starting a New Project”. The brief list is:

  1. What are my end goals with the project?
  2. What will I have to do to reach those goals?
  3. Do I have enough ideas and inspiration?
  4. Do I have enough time?
  5. Will it impact on my other projects?

Skellie raises these questions in connection with a new blog project of hers but the questions are valid before starting anything new.

The first question is fairly easy, the other four are tougher since they are about how to get there and how to get it done.

Question four (enough time?) is something we really need to consider. I often underestimate the time it takes, both in volume and calendar time.

Question four and five might lead to rearranging priorities, read also my post about Turning 2008 into 80-20.

Note: Photo by Lost in Scotland.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Let goals be changeable

Maki at DoshDosh usually blogs about making money online but in “The Value of Being Incomplete: What Are Your Goals for 2008?” he talked about setting goals.

Goals can be useful but you mustn’t depend on them to define yourself. We are taught that if you don’t have an aim in life, you’ll end up nowhere. If you don’t have concrete goals and work towards them, your website will never grow. Not true.

Goals are pathway markers and destination points. But they are also simply thoughts, conjured up and made concrete in one decisive moment. You can change them as easily as you flick a light switch. It takes less than five seconds. Try it.

So for 2008, be flexible and open. Grow. Take a chance and do something beyond what you consider to be realistic or practical.

I totally agree that goals shall not be set in stone, we need to review and change if needed.

Maki at Dosh Dosh also had a post titled “How to Prepare Yourself for the New Year”. There was a list of eight things to consider and a great final paragraph:

Think of yourself as a machine. You are a woman or man of enormous potential. Everything is possible in the new year if you have the heart for it. What you need to do is to grease the wheels, make sure you’re all well-oiled and ready to roll. Take care of the periphery details and you’ll find that you’ll reach your goals a lot faster.

Note: Photo by JoF.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

What happens to your goals after you create them?

This question turned up in my Daily Forwards Step. There was also this quote:

A goal is created three times. First as a mental picture. Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension. And third, when you take action towards its achievement.
Gary Blair

Question: What happens to your goals after you create them?

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Have you got specific with your goals yet?

This question turned up in my Daily Forwards Step. There was also this quote:

You seldom get what you go after unless you know in advance what you want.
Maurice Switzer

I am working on my goals for the next year, based on what happened this year and what I would like to achieve in the new year.

What about you, Have you got specific with your goals yet?

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

BeCause – The Power of Purpose

BECAUSE had some great quotes on their front page.

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo

“Be the change you seek in the world.” Gandhi.

The Michelango-quote is terrific, a good guide when it comes to setting ones goal.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.