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Living and Loving Your Life's Purpose
by Mel Lutterman | 2011-03-30

For the intention of this article, "Life's Purpose" means doing what you love to do and loving your life. Typically people that live in a state of gratitude are living their life's purpose. I believe many children know what they want to do when they grow up and for various reasons their dream becomes derailed.

CBS News conducted a poll entitled "Where America Stands - The State of America and its Future." The Poll was conducted March 1996 and December 2009 by telephone interview with random sample of 1048 adults.

The Question: 

"In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in your own life these days--would you say you are completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or would you say you are completely dissatisfied with the way things are going these days?"

In 2009 - 22% were "completely satisfied" compared to 27% in 1996. In 2009 - 50% were "somewhat satisfied" compared to 49% in 1996. The results of the entire poll can be accessed from the link in the reference box below.

Perhaps the current economy has an influence on the numbers. However, there is only a 1% difference in the "Somewhat Satisfied" column between the 2 years. There are varying reasons why a person may be dissatisfied with "the way things are going in their life." However, what a person spends the majority of their time doing is a big factor.

Discovering Your Life's Purpose: 

  • Take a few moments and think about what you love doing? 
  •  What are/were you good at in school?
  • What do others say about your talents?
  • What people interest you?
  • What books, movies, films, and entertainment do you like?
  • What are your hobbies? 
  • What are your top 8 values (what do you really value in your life? - (family, integrity, environment, etc.) 
  • What would you like to do, which would be so fulfilling that upon waking you were excited to begin your day? 
  • When are you the happiest?
  • What brings you joy?
  • As you think about these questions, perhaps more questions will come to your mind.

 

Take Action:

  • Record the questions and answers above on paper, in a word processing document, recording device, etc.
  • Spend some time really reflecting on your answers and see what comes to you.
  • Decide what you want to do with this information.
  • Perhaps it is going back to school, volunteering, joining an organization, beginning an apprenticeship, etc. 
  • The key is to take action on your information. It is not enough to only want and ask.

The exercises below require a certain amount of preparation to be successful. It is very important that you set aside a very quiet place where you will not be interrupted. It is also important that you are completely relaxed. Perhaps, do some deep breathing exercises or whatever you use to relax. You may want to set up a recording device to capture your experience. Both of these exercises are typically more successful when a Life Coach is guiding you.

Visioning Exercise:

  • Relax 
  • Find a quiet uninterrupted spot, close your eyes, and activate all your senses in the vision. 
  • Vision around what you want to do. 
  • Notice the place, if there are people, sounds, aromas, certain tastes. 
  • What are you hearing? 
  • You may also want to reach out and touch something in this vision, feel its surface, notice the texture of the item, the temperature. 
  • Ask what action(s) to take for you to be successful. 
  • See yourself taking action 
  • See yourself achieving and being successful.

 

Mentoring Exercise:

Imagine that you have access to the greatest mentor(s) possible to assist you towards your dream life. They can be fictional, deceased, famous, etc.

  • Relax 
  • Prepare a list of valuable questions that you would ask them. 
  • Imagine meeting them in a setting of your choice.
  • Hear the quality of their voice. 
  • Begin asking questions. 
  • Imagine how they would advise you.

 

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. When will I begin to take action to get what I want? 
  2. What is the first thing I will do? 
  3. What time of day will I take this action? 
  4. What daily mantra will keep me focused on getting what I want? 
  5. What can I post around my house, on the mirror, door, wall, etc. that will keep me focused on what I want and remind me to take action? 
  6. What else can I do?

 

Action Steps:

  • Take at least one action step every day. 
  • Create a *vision board that represents want you want. 
  • Keep your mantra and self-talk very positive. 
  • If a negative thought appears - turn it into a positive. 
  • Flip over the "I don't want" into "I want" For instance: "I don't want to do this the rest of my life. "I want to this because I know it will be fulfilling."

I invite you to really have fun with these exercises. Perhaps, bring out your inner child as you explore all the possibilities towards living your Life's Purpose.

*Vision Board: A collage of various things that represent your vision.

In Loving Support of Your Ideal Life,

Mel



Mel is an ICF Certified Professional Life Coach, creator of ValuableYou Life Coaching. Comments on her articles are welcomed. You are invited to make an appointment with Mel for further exploration of your Life's Purpose. http://www.valuableyou.com.

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