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7 Steps To Finding Your True Purpose. SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com With average life expectancy now approaching 80, Americans can look forward to spending almost two decades enjoying retirement. That free time can seem heavenly at first—until the days stretch on. "[After] the honeymoon stage comes the disenchantment stage," says Dr. Sara Yogev, psychologist and author of "A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement. " "People feel like everything is purposeless. They can get depressed, and we would like to avoid that stage. " Discovering your purpose—your driving force—is a proven way of escaping that emptiness.

Of course, uncovering your fundamental motivation is no small task. 1. . #2. To help this exercise along, remember your own mentors and idols, and consider modeling your behavior after theirs. . #3. . #4. For example, you may be passionate about rescuing elephants in Africa, but it may not fulfill you as much as volunteering at the senior center.

. #5. . #6. . #7. 3-step 'Fit for Purpose' Team Exercise. The end of any year is a great time to take a pause to acknowledge and celebrate all you have achieved this year. No doubt plans for doing just that are already under way! End of year is also a great time to fertilize the environment in which everyone will be ‘producing’ high performance next year. Planting a few seeds now for later is great fun, and also a very intelligent move for any team wanting to hit the ground running in the new year. If you work in a team environment take some time to explore your ‘fitness for purpose’ with this 3-step exercise. Even if you work on your own you can modify these steps to help you ‘be on your own team’ even more! It’s all about being ‘fit for purpose’. TEAM FERTILIZER: ‘Fit for Purpose’ 3-STEP REVIEW STEP ONE: Get together (in a relaxed environment) and ask yourselves the following questions: Are we currently fit for purpose?

STEP TWO: Add PVV (Purpose, Vision and Values) of the team/organization to the discussion. What do we do? Seven Signs You're Too Smart For Your Job. A Lesson About Happiness From A Holocaust Survivor. "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness. " In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished -- but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived.

In his bestselling 1946 book, Man's Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. When he was a high school student, one of his science teachers declared to the class, "Life is nothing more than a combustion process, a process of oxidation.

" Frankl jumped out of his chair and responded, "Sir, if this is so, then what can be the meaning of life? " Viktor Frankl [Herwig Prammer/Reuters] Peter Andrews/Reuters. How to figure out your mission in life (5 Big Ideas + 5 journal questions + 5 tips!) The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With | Jeff W. 7 Stages to Finding Your Passion by Gail Straub. Life After Life Purpose - paganSquare - PaganSquare - Join the conversation! I've long wrestled with the concept of 'life purpose.' Foremost, it seemed limiting--just one? And it smacked of New Age woo. The true wrestling part, though, was that I felt a deep calling, always, like since I became aware that I was aware, between 5-6 years old.

I didn't know what the calling was, and for most of my youth I was satisfied to just recognize that it was. I came to shamanism for my own healing and deepening of spiritual connection. So, I did, for about eleven years. I never really had internal confirmation of that as my life purpose, or anything else, despite that focusing on servitude to community carried its own sort of passion.

Then I had twins, and everything changed. No one ever talks about the completion of a life purpose. I sat with this for two years. Late last year I began to realize I didn't really care about life purpose anymore. I called in the highest aspects of myself and gave them full control of my consciousness. The next response was 'writing.' #1 Mistake People Make In Trying To Figure Out Their Purpose.

3 Ways To Stop Swimming In Your Own S*** Have you ever seen fish in a dirty tank? They look droopy and dull and float around like they have shackles strapped to their fins. Their energy is low and if you look close enough, you can see the Read You're tired of working hard for someone else's dream. So you sit at your computer for hours on end daydreaming about what life would be like if you could wake up when you wanted, nap when you wanted, or take a walk outside on a beautiful spring day. You try to figure out what you could do if you finally left.

Then you hit the fear that says: I can’t make any money doing any of those things. And you stop. I get it. Back then, I didn't know that I was making the most common mistake all of us make when we're searching for our purpose. The thing is, your unique purpose in the world can’t be figured out with your overactive, thinking mind. Your purpose lives in your heart. Because you just know what you HAVE to do, no matter what.

Relax. 8 ways to build a business with a higher purpose. Much has been written and said about building sustainable companies and organizations. Yet too often, after all the conferences, books and articles, little is done. The big ideas get downsized and bureaucratized. In the past decade, the two of us have worked with hundreds of new ventures and dozens of non-profits and big companies, all with designs on changing the world through new technologies or new business models. We love working with entrepreneurs that see something that needs changing, and that will marshall the team and resources to build organizations with impact. It has reinforced our belief that business is a key force to make the world a better place -- and that business, done well, provides better products to customers, better work for employees, better performance for owners and better communities for all of us.

To do this, businesses need to aim at a higher purpose -- to improve the conditions on our planet. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Illustration by mbeo via Flickr. Find Your Purpose in the Tiny Details and Make a Big Difference - Story Bistro. Ever wonder what the heck your purpose is? You’ve got a little business that you’d like to grow and sometimes you wonder if anyone really cares, right? If what you’re doing matters in the larger scheme of things? If what you have to offer would ever prompt someone to say, “Please, take my money. I love your thing and I’ll be back for more.” I totally get it. I’ve had those days, too. Part of the reason we feel this way is that there’s so much advice telling us to connect our business with our “deeper purpose in life.”

Maybe you’ve heard that your mission needs to be aligned with your passions, values and yes — even your Big Vision? (You may have heard it from me!) Bottom line: You’ll impact others whether you want to or not. Your existence is part of a bigger eco-system. If you’re new around here, let me reiterate my philosophy: Look, I’m no Frank Capra, but I do believe that none of us lives in a vacuum. Here’s a fabulous video that illustrates what I mean: Are you a wolf? Keep your promises. 1. The first seven costly business blogging mistakes. This is a cup of tea/glass of wine post and the last in the 2013 Word Carnival series.

This month, “A Hundred Ways to Screw Up When Buying Or Building A Website”. For start ups, entrepreneurs, corporate escapees and business owners (of all sizes), the question is no longer ‘should I be blogging’, but ‘how do I or we do it and do it well, or how do I or we do it better for better results? Let’s make a quick distinction here between your website and your blog. There isn’t one. But that doesn’t mean that you might not end up with two. See MISTAKE 4. MISTAKE 1. Your knowledge isn’t going away any time soon. Starting from scratch, allow for a minimum of six months. This preparatory work will also help inform a proper design and website build brief. The following three months are the design and build phase. MISTAKE 2. You may think that having no discretionary cash to pay for it right now is a legitimate reason for putting it off.

There is so much you could be doing cost-free, to get it going. The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Reinventing Yourself | James Altucher. Here are the rules: I've been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it over and over. I've started entire new careers. People who knew me then, don't me now. And so on. I've had to change careers several times. Sometimes because my interests changed. There are other ways to reinvent yourself, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I've seen it work for maybe a few hundred other people. A) Reinvention never stops.

Every day you reinvent yourself. B) You start from scratch. Every label you claim you have from before is just vanity. C) You need a mentor. Else, you'll sink to the bottom. D) Three types of mentors Direct. E) Don't worry if you don't have passion for anything. You have passion for your health. F) Time it takes to reinvent yourself: five years. Here's a description of the five years: Year One: you're flailing and reading everything and just starting to DO.Year Two: you know who you need to talk to and network with. Sometimes I get frustrated in years 1-4.

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