Why are you here? What is your purpose? Your vision? What are you meant to do? What are you passionate about?
It is so easy to live our lives without knowing what we're really here to contribute to the world. Spending a little bit of time uncovering your purpose is certainly time well spent.
I had the good fortune of developing my life purpose with Jack Canfield coaching me through the process at his Breakthrough to Success workshop. This process has helped me redesign the environments in my life and has helped to liiterally transform my life, my priorities, my goals and my experiences. I review my life purpose on a daily basis. It serves as the foundation of all my decisions, provides direction along my path, and keeps me on track.
I've been using it in my work with teens with amazing results. I must admit that at times I feel cheated that I wasn't challenged to discover my life purpose until I turned 50. I wonder what my life would have been like if I had been asked to do the following exercise in my teens before my brain was hardwired and my creativity flourished!
Then again, I am reminded of a poster I had hanging in my room during my teenage years which displayed this quote upon a background of sunshine and sunflowers:
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."
And so it is! I am grateful that I have embraced that philosophy and that my days are now full of purpose and passion!
How about you? Perhaps you will try this exercise. Perhaps you will share it with your teen. Contact me via the form below if you need some help you with this exercise or what's next!
Life Purpose Exercise
1) List two of your unique personal qualities, such as passionate, creative and resourceful.
2) List one or two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others, such as to support and inspire.
3) Assume the world is perfect right now. What does this world look like? How is everyone interacting with everyone else? What does it feel like? This is a statement, in present tense, describing an ultimate condition, the perfect world as you see it and feel it. Remember a perfect world is a fun place to be!
4) Combine the three prior subdivisions of this paragranp into a single statement.
"To use my passion, creativity and resourcefulness to support and inspire others to connect with their essence, overcome limiting beliefs, discover their purpose, achieve success and create the life of their dreams!
This life purpose exercise is reproduced with permission by the Jack Canfield Group and was presented to participants as part of the foundation work at Jack's BTS workshop (see link below). There are many ways to approach defining your life purpose. This version is from Arnold Patent who can be reached at www.arnoldpatent.com