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Find your purpose in 30 minutes

This week I have  a “ must read “ guest post from my mentor and founder of Live Well International, Carmen Marshall.  I have just partnered with Live Well so I can offer some amazing programs to keep you healthy not just when you have a crisis.

 

“Do you know what your purpose in life is?   Why you exist?  What your own, unique gift is — that has the power to ground, focus and light you up every day?

Knowing and then centering your life around your purpose, is probably the single most important thing you can do.

We’ll go much deeper into aligning with your purpose at Create A Life You Love Retreat in Bali, but for now, would you like a 30 min exercise to help you uncover your purpose?

Will you do it with me now?

This is the quickest exercise to uncover your purpose that I have come across (thank you www.StevePavlina.com :)).  It’s also intense, because it involves your emotions, but that’s exactly why it’s so powerful.

How to Find Your Purpose in 30 min or Less.

1.   Grab a piece of paper or open a new doc on your computer.

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

3.  Now type anything that comes to mind.  Use stream of consciousness writing, sentences, words, phrases.  Anything that pops into your head.  Keep asking, keep writing.

4.  Don’t stop until…

5.  You write a sentence that makes you cry.

That’s it.

That’s your purpose.

It will make you well up with emotion.

It will make your eyes sting and and your throat ache.

It will make your heart ache.

What makes you cry is always what is most true for you, and like your joy, is your un-erring guidance system.

This exercise can take you 5-30 min and you’ll feel like quitting.  Keep going past the resistance – the deepest, juiciest, “most true stuff” is always just past your edge.

Here’s my thought process when I first did this:

“This sounds like a great, easy exercise – I’ll do it on the weekend.”

“No, I should do it now, otherwise I’ll just get busy.  This is important.”

“Macbook Air or handwritten?  Mac – easier.”

“Write, write, write…this is silly, I’m not going to find my purpose through such a simple exercise.”

“Write, write, write…it’s gotta to be harder than this.”

“Write, write, write…I don’t have time for this.  YES you do, Carmen, this is important”

“Write, write, write….k..these words  are good, but I still don’t feel like crying.”

“Write, write, write….mmm…that’s interesting…wow, that’s feeling like…”

Write, write, write…

…and I BURST INTO TEARS 

I found my purpose through this simple exercise.

 

Now, my sentence wasn’t refined or perfect, but it was a START.  It made me remember what is most important to me, what the essence of my purpose is, and what makes me ache-cry.

That’s the easy part.  Next, refine your words into 1-3 succinct sentences.  Then the most important part – design your LIFE around your purpose.

I will help you do all of this on my Create A Life You Love Retreat in Bali – how to discover your purpose, crystalize the words and feeling, and then live your life from that place.

However, even if you’re not able to come to Bali, DO this exercise.  It will start the flow of passion and meaning for you.  And passion changes everything.

And it’s simple.

And it’s emotional.

Feel it.

Notice your tears, pay attention to what makes you cry-ache and follow what inspires you.

They leave you all the clues you need.” Love Carmen. Visit Carmen at Carmenmarshall.com

What do you think? How have you found your purpose?  How did this exercise work for you and what did you discover?   Comment below – I love to hear and your comments help others!

Be Happy…Be Vibrant…

find your purpose

 

 

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