Thursday, 28 January 2016

How to Discover Your Life Purpose.

 How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you exist.

Perhaps you’re a rather nihilistic person who doesn’t believe you have a purpose and that life has no meaning. Doesn’t matter. Not
believing that you have a purpose won’t prevent you from discovering it, just as a lack of belief in gravity won’t prevent you from tripping. All that a lack of belief will do is make it take longer. Most likely though if you don’t believe you have a purpose, then you probably won’t believe what I’m saying anyway.

Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts.
Bruce held up two cups, both filled with water. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The
second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty
your cup of your knowledge.”

If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including
the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

So how do you discover your purpose in life? While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do. The more open
you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you. But not being open to it or having doubts about it or thinking it’s an entirely
idiotic and meaningless waste of time won’t prevent it from working as long as you stick with it again, it will just take longer to converge.

Here’s what to do:

1) Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).

2) Write at the top, “What is my true
purpose in life?”

3) Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head.

It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
Repeat step 3 until you write the
answer that makes you cry or with deep feeling. This is your purpose.

That’s it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a
counselor or an engineer or a bodybuilder. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid.

Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories.

But the truth of the matter is when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it’s coming to you from a
different source entirely. For those who are very entrenched in low-
awareness living, it will take a lot longer to get all the false answers out, possibly more than an a day.

But if you persist, after 100 or
200 or maybe even 500 answers, you’ll be struck by the answer that causes you to surge with emotion, the answer that breaks you. If you’ve never done this, it may very well sound silly to you. So let it seem silly, and do it anyway.

As you go through this process, some of your answers will be very similar. You may even re-list previous answers. Then you might
head off on a new tangent and generate 10-20 more answers along some other theme. And that’s fine. You can list whatever answer pops into your head as long as you
just keep writing. At some point during the process (typically
after about 50-100 answers), you may want to quit and just can’t see it converging. You may feel the urge to get up and make an excuse to do something else. That’s normal.

Push past this resistance, and just keep writing. The feeling of resistance will eventually pass.
You may also discover a few answers that seem to give you a mini-surge of emotion, but they don’t quite make you cry — they’re
just a bit off. Highlight those answers as you go along, so you can come back to them to generate new permutations. Each reflects a piece of your purpose, but individually they
aren’t complete. When you start getting these kinds of answers, it just means you’re getting warm. Keep going. It’s important to do this alone and with no interruptions.

If you’re a nihilist, then feel free
to start with the answer, “I don’t have a purpose,” or “Life is meaningless,” and take it from there. If you keep at it, you’ll still eventually converge. When I did this exercise, it took me three days, and I reached my final answer at step 106.

I felt the feeling of resistance (wanting to get up and do something else, expecting the process to fail, feeling very impatient and even irritated) around steps 45-50. At step 80 I took a 20- minute break to close my eyes, relax, clear my mind, and to focus on the intention for
the answer to come to me — this was helpful as the answers I received after this break
began to have greater clarity.

Here was my final answer: to live consciously and courageously, to resonate with love and
compassion, to awaken the great spirits within others, and to leave this world in peace.
When you find your own unique answer to the question of why you’re here, you will feel it resonate with you deeply. The words will
seem to have a special energy to you, and you will feel that energy whenever you read them.

Discovering your purpose is the easy part. The hard part is keeping it with you on a daily basis and working on yourself to the point where you become that purpose.

Hope Uchemadu, is a passionate motivational speaker,leadership,live and business coach, hire him to give an inspiring live changing presentation/talk  to your audience,club or religiuos groups. Call him now on 08031541827 or email him at info@hopeuchemadu.com  , follow him on twitter@HopeUchemadu
 
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