In today’s post, we will discuss the concept of life and its underlying principle. We will go through a step by step procedure, exploring your feelings and options, and by the end of this article, you should have a fairly solid tool that you could immediately employ in your life, to give it a meaningful direction.
There are three steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your life:
- Understand the principle of choice
- Create your underlying principle
- Align your life with the underlying principle
Understand the Principle of Choice
Norman Vincent Peale has this to say about the power of choice. “The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choices that are made”.
Choosing is the most important activity of your mind because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind gets to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your goal; henceforth, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.
“If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but it can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want. But it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes, and aptitude.
A lot of people allow others to make choices for them, or they make choices according to what they think is ‘correct’, even if that means that they go against your wishes. What is right for someone else may not be right for you, and the way to know this is by listening to your heart.
So, begin with making a list of things that interest you; things which you have always enjoyed, that make you feel better, inspires you to surge ahead no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature, do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s lives?
What ever it is that interests you, go ahead and make a list under the following headlines:
- Things you love to do
- What is it that you love and why? How you could do this for money, and make a living out of it?
Create Your Underlying Principle:
The next step is to examine the list you just made to find out if there are any recurring similarities in them. Maybe, it is the contribution that keeps coming up, or an effect to seek or give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is try to identify the central theme of the things you love to do and put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow up, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now, write down your Mission Statement.
Align your Life with the Underlying Principle:
The final step in this journey is to map your path to your ultimate purpose. Make the little changes in your lifestyle that would accommodate this principle in your life. LIVE this principle each and every day. It might take a few days, but you will certainly feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life. If you realize that you love being amidst nature, plan out your holiday. Maybe an outing with your children could be enough to recoup with your energy. On the other hand, you might even want to change your job, or start a new business, that is more in line with your mission.
Remember – “Do what you love, and money will follow”.
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