|06-06-2011, 07:14 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2011
Blech... Finding your Life Purpose in 20 mins
Steve's 20 min exercise to find True Life Purpose -
How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes
I took 55 mins . WRote 386 lines.
Didn't hit the "Convergence". and gave up.
Sigh, i'll try again next time.
Did anyone manage to get it? Could you share what you discover abt yourself?
|06-07-2011, 08:12 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2011
I tried it too once or twice a couple years ago and never hit the mark. I don't think the article is an especially good one of Steve's. He seems to assume that because it worked for him, it will work for others. And maybe that it did work for some others he suggested it to, so he wrote an article about it. I don't know, but it is a nice idea. I'm not trying to criticize Steve, but I just think it's too easy to really work for most people. Kind of like those infomercials for weight loss products.
Finding your life purpose can take years, and once you find it it can change. The only fast way is, I think, a psychic, if you even believe in that sort of thing. And the psychic would have to be good at their work, and a good number aren't.
|06-08-2011, 02:42 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Funny location joke
I too have have had trouble with finding my purpose, also finding the ONE big gremlin that is underlying all my other negative beliefs. I have come to the conclusion that it's because it's all arbitrary. People look and eventually settle on something that sounds good to them and go with it, same thing with finding interests, or really anything, it is the nature of reality that there is no one truth so how can you ever arrive at any one thing and say thats it.
|06-08-2011, 03:03 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Las Vegas, NV
I think a big part of it as well is that we get hung up on the fact that there must be a purpose. In lieu of god swinging down and whispering it in our ear we do usually end up deciding on something arbitrary that sounds good. While this may give us some sense of direction, we tend to filter out things that don't vibe with our sense of purpose. Very similarly to how we mold our false sense of personality.
While we have free will, I believe it extends only so far as to choose how we want to strive towards unity. Our purpose has and always will be to unify, find peace and love one another as brothers and sisters.
|06-08-2011, 03:17 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2008
You have to be a very conscious person and have strong alignment with love.
there was a person for whom it took a month while attempting it daily. I can't remember how long it took me perhaps a week or so.
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|06-08-2011, 03:23 PM||#6 (permalink)|
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|06-08-2011, 03:30 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Las Vegas, NV
There's a more detailed process for how to find your life purpose in my book (in the Career chapter).
But really the best process I've seen for this is the one from Dr. Brad Swift, which I wrote about in this post.
His process is very detailed and includes 6 main steps. If my short 20-minute version doesn't work for you, use his process instead.
One of the reasons my process may not work for you is that you could be dealing with what Brad calls an "inherited purpose," which can actually block you from successfully completing the exercise. Your inherited purpose doesn't want you to discover your true purpose.
|06-08-2011, 04:09 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2008
I lived without a purpose for quite a while. Actually, the only purpose was to be happy and to make others happy. Steve's article was good for me because it opened me to this subject and made me think about it. But I have never attempted to get anything in 20 mins, deadlines are in general a strong de-motivator for me.
One summer day, as I was walking down a street, I saw a shop. I stopped there and I felt I found my purpose. It was a great personal discovery which gets me emotional each time I think about it.
Personal development literature should not be about you "having to do something", but more about becoming aware of all the options you have in life.
|06-09-2011, 12:14 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2011
I haven't tried Brad's method.
But I continued your method today and quickly at line 391, I hit something.
I teared when I wrote
"To explore the wonderful world".
I have read your purpose at your website, and I also teared when reading yours too... and i think that's some thing there for me too.
|06-09-2011, 07:24 PM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2009
I thought I'd drop in an offer you my own perspective on exploring the world, one that has worked very well for me, and has yet to cease to inspire me.
And that is to take it on as your role rather than seeing it as something you do. And there's a subtle difference there because if you see it as something you do, then you'll limit yourself probably to a handful of things...like traveling, for example. And if you find yourself in a situation, say, monetarily where you are unable to travel or family obligations limit that, then you'll feel disconnected from your purpose until you can do that again.
Whereas, if you see it as a part you play...your ROLE on this stage called life...you BECOME your purpose. That is to say, your CHARACTER in life is named "Explorer" and it's the character as played by BellyGirl.
Do you see how different that feels when you entertain it from that perspective? For me, it makes all the difference in the world because, well, if I never get to travel, I'm still an explorer. I'm sitting in a coffee shop exploring right now. I'm exploring expression. Later I'll explore my homework. Tomorrow night I'll explore my son's baseball game. It opens you up to things you weren't seeing before, and it's so inspiring to see how when you play the character of exploration, you're an explorer at all times, in all ways, and even the most mundane tasks can serve your purpose in that role.
Just some food for thought.
Also, for those who are struggling to find your life purpose in 20 minutes...if you find yourself struggling with this, it's because you have some more emotional work to do. There's things to clear out in your life, things to work through. Purpose is a pretty "deep" layer to get to, and it involves peeling through the outer shell that you've created throughout your life to survive/protect yourself. That can take a while to peel through.
So, if you're struggling to find your purpose, then take a step back and look at what's blocking you from that and look at that and resolve that first.
|06-10-2011, 10:05 AM||#12 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2011
One - Be a Playful Explorer
Two - Creating or recreating wonderful things for the 5 senses.
Three - Love
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|06-14-2011, 07:18 AM||#13 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2011
A quick method to finding your life/soul purpose is to say outloud once a day, a statment something like:
"I intend for my Higher-Self to reveal to me my Soul purpose in this lifetime, and I desire this to come to me in such a way, that's it's very obvious and leaves no doubt in my mind....thank you"
Say this outloud, at least once a day, and keep doing that for at least a month or more. What will happen eventually is that you'll have an "ah ha" moment, and you just KNOW what your purpose is.
This would really work, privided that you say it once a day and also keep saying it for as long as it takes, so being patient is the only "hurdle" if you want to call it that.
|06-16-2011, 04:56 PM||#14 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2011
It didn't work for me. But I let the question sinks into my subconscious for a while, and just recently, when I think about my next article on my blog, It snaps me just like that!
"To realize and living our true potentials, to discover the beauty of the universe, to discover the unknown"
I'll be tweaking with it a little, but they really vibrates with me!
So, thanks Steve!
|06-26-2011, 03:48 PM||#15 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
I found the exercise useful for going deeper into myself. Nor sure I hit convergence, - because there were none of the required tears! - but I did end up with something which sounded meaningful and beautiful to me. It took a couple of half hour sessions.
There are similar exercises where you write down what you want and then ask Why? or What will that give you? and carry on until you get a realisation moment.
|08-07-2011, 03:48 AM||#16 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Re: Life Purpose
Finding my life purpose is a question that I struggled with for a good many years, but I seem to be coming closer now. In the past, I approached it from a purely analytical standpoint, but now I am starting to allow my intuition to guide me.
So how does a person embrace joy and intuition long enough to actually feel what the answer would be to this question. For these kind of deep-seated answers, I turn to the rare moments in my life when I can feel my joy coming to the surface. It may be triggered from listening to a beautiful piece of music or even a peaceful walk out in nature; but it always reconnects me with my higher purpose. I feel a sense of renewed strength and the hope that a fresh perspective brings. And even after it ends, the song remains in my heart as a fixed star to guide me.
So what is my higher purpose? I have pondered this question day and night for quite some time, yet so little have I actually listened to my heart. Such times that I do are fleeting; as they have come to me in times of turmoil or on the whims of caprice. In spite of the dark storm clouds obstructing my view, I do manage a glimpse of the sun from time to time. And it is precisely in those moments of clarity that I have come to realize my joy. I once described it as such "To awaken the spirit of humanity to the dreams of our children". Obviously this definition carries a very broad meaning to it, but it is about helping others to remember and reconnect. In my case, it means using my creativity to help people remember the joy they felt as children. Many artists, musicians, and storytellers are already doing this kind of work.
So my challenge remains as to how to reconnect with this purpose and to express it through myself for the good of all humanity.
|09-20-2011, 05:49 PM||#17 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2011
Location: United Kingdom
This is my first reply on the forum.
I just tried this test out and i completed it in around 23 minutes and 53 lines. I have to say that it works, i actually cried and had great difficulty in holding the tears back.
A technique i used to help me find my purpose was to think of specific scenes from movies or tv shows that made me tear up in some way. i thought doing this may be useful seeing as though the test says your purpose makes you cry... so anyway, this is what i came up with...
"To use my whole strength and will to protect 'all' life from harm, even if the odds are against me and even if my life may be lost"
It is possible that i may have more purposes in life but this is all that i have found at the moment. feel free to use the technique i used. let me know if it works for you too.
|09-21-2011, 08:04 PM||#18 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2008
I was very resistant to Steve's exercise until one day when I was re-reading parts of his book and I decided to try it again -
I worked on it -
put it down-
and then came back to it again
and then I turned to look out the window at the pretty day outside
and I turned back and wrote something down -
it was like it came from somewhere else but not from me
|10-06-2011, 04:02 AM||#19 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2011
I did your method but failed to find anything..It seems it been a long time since I was able to actually cry in joy of my life because of a tragedy in the past..so is it impossible to actually find a life purpose of a sort in my life? Could it be that I don't have one..I'm currently a student of life who constantly seek truth and answer throughout my life..its seems to make my life joyful and happy in a way.. I'm currently find with my current way of life..is finding and living your purpose that much better then what I'm experiencing with the choices of my life?
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