Archive for January 2005

Purpose = Freedom

It’s fair to say that if you don’t know your purpose in life, you won’t be spending much time working on it. So what will you end up doing with your working time instead? Three things: 1) Working on your needs, 2) Working on other people needs, 3) Working on other people’s purposes. If you…

Business Planning

I spent most of the day yesterday on planning work, mapping out the path for growing this web site into a profitable and sustainable business. I created five 1-page documents: a business development plan, a marketing plan, a sales plan, a product development plan, and a web site development plan — all with a one-year…

Abolishing Annoyances

Sometimes when we’re focused on doing all the “important” stuff, the little stuff begins to gradually pile up. I’m not talking about little stuff that’s perpetually on your to do list that you never get around to. I mean the little stuff that never makes it onto your list in the first place because it’s…

Why Does Purpose Matter?

Why does it matter whether or not your life actually has a purpose? Let’s take a few steps back and creep up on this question…. If you complete a task, and there’s no overall important context for that task, then the task doesn’t really matter. So you watch a TV show. It doesn’t make a…

Web-Based Tool for Prioritizing Your Values

Douglas Wagoner recently created a new web-based tool that helps you discover and prioritize your values, based on the List of Values here on this site. It takes you through a step-by-step process that results in the creation of your own personal values hierarchy. I think it can also be used more broadly to clarify…

13 Personal Development Speakers in 3 Days

Last week I attended a 3-day seminar from Parker Seminars here in Las Vegas. This was a chiropractic seminar (the largest in the world), but they had a whole track on personal development with some top-notch speakers, so I registered. I’m glad I did, as the seminar was excellent (even for a non-chiropractor). I heard…

How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes

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’re here at all — the very reason you exist. Perhaps you’re a rather nihilistic person who doesn’t believe you have a purpose and that life…

Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You

What if you currently live a very comfortable lifestyle and you have a lot of assets? How can you justify running off to do what truly makes you happy if it might put all your current assets at risk? Here’s my take on this…. To abandon a comfortable lifestyle that isn’t deeply fulfilling is to…

What Do You Need To Feel Secure?

One value that seems to hold a lot of people back from setting and achieving big goals is the need for security. Security is a feeling of certainty that everything is OK and that all your basic needs will be provided for. On the surface there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s great to feel secure.…

What Is Your Career?

What is your career? Forget about how you define this to others for now, and just think for a bit about how you define your career to yourself. What does it mean to you to have a career? Is it just your job? Is it something you do to make a living? Is it what…