5 Keys To Live on Purpose and Not By Accident
Start Living on Purpose and Stop Living By Accident.
A recent Business Insider article explained that the Center for Disease Control reports that 4 out of 10 Americans have not discovered a satisfying life purpose. The study went on to say that “research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression.” These are all very poignant reasons to live a more purposeful life, because the alternative is that you are just living by accident.
I have 5 keys for you that I have found helps my coaching clients live with more purpose.
- Write a Personal Mission Statement – Writing a clear and concise personal mission statement is absolutely vital to living a life of purpose. It is often the most overlooked aspect to giving your life a meaningful and clear direction. The important aspects to writing a personal mission statement are declaring what you want to DO, who you are going to BE while accomplishing your mission, and how you are going to EXECUTE your mission. Mission statements are not just for large companies to ponder in board rooms. They are also for individuals to give them a compass for their life’s purpose.
- Memorize and Reflect on Your Personal Mission Statement – Once you have written your personal mission statement, then it is imperative that you memorize it. I highly recommend that you print out a copy of your mission statement and tape it to your bathroom mirror or by your bedside. Read your mission statement every morning when you wake up and every night when you to bed. Reflect on the day to see if you did everything you could to accomplish your mission, and think of ways to do better tomorrow.
- Visualize the Life You Want – Once you have written and memorized your mission statement, then you must begin to visualize the life you want. Write down a statement of the life you want to live. Pick a key area of your life you want to happen and make the statement very specific. If you want to change careers and you need a certain amount of money then write that specific dollar amount, a date when that will happen, and then what you are willing to do in return for that outcome. If you want to lose weight then write down what your goal weight is, when you will weight that amount, and what eating and exercise habits you are going to create to weigh that. Once you have that statement written then read it aloud and feel that you are already in possession of that goal and set your sights and intent on that goal. Be careful to only choose one or two at a time so you don’t start to feel overwhelmed.
- Listen to Your Life – Parker Palmer said that “before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” Your life is speaking to you through your wants, desires, experiences, and your challenges. Most of us just want to know what our purpose is, but it often doesn’t come that way which leaves many frustrated and confused. The key is to listen to what your life is telling you by creating margin. We live in an era of distraction with all of our access to technology, and that makes it harder than ever to listen. A great way to listen to your life is to create a vision board for the life you want to live. Find pictures or images that represent the life you want to live and let your imagination run wild.
- Harness the Power of Incremental Change – The hardest part of dedicating your life to your purpose is the patience and persistence required to make it a reality. You must make small steps towards your purpose, and then keep making them over and over again. Those small steps will lead to incremental change, and will lead to the larger results you seek in the future. Dedicate yourself to making those small steps and continually taking action. In doing this, you will be able to harness the power of incremental change over time and lead to some big results for you.
Start using these 5 keys to live a life of more purpose. The tendency will be for many to disregard these keys because they seem so simple. My question to you is if they are so simple, then why haven’t you done them already? Get started today.
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