Purpose as an Antidote to Mindless Living
So, we know what a life lived on and with purpose looks like, and we’ve considered some of the 21st Century challenges to living a motivated life packed with purpose. So, how do we go about discovering and living out our own unique purpose?
“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates.
There’s something to be said for self-reflection and self-awareness. Taking time and space to get to know your own values, your own beliefs and what it is that gives you a sense of fulfilment in life is time well spent. For some people, that comes by spending time in meditation, contemplation and thought alone. Others benefit from the support of a coach or mentor.
A helpful, if somewhat challenging tool to use in this reflection process is to ask yourself the question: what would you want your epitaph to be? What would you want people to say about you at your eulogy after your death? How do you want people to remember you? Such existential questioning provides a fast-track way to identifying your own sense of purpose and what you want to achieve, and who you want to be in life.
If that feels like one step too far for now, an alternative question to ask yourself regularly can be: “how satisfied am I, right now?” LINK TO WHEEL This question raises your level of awareness and asks you to be mindful about your current experiencing. In time, you will become more adept at noticing your wants, needs, fears and hopes, which will help you towards sensing whether you are living in line with your values and your life purpose.