The best way to start figuring out the answers to the preceding questions is to sit in a quiet place and meditate.

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”  – Old Zen Saying

When meditating and before bed, ask:

  • What is my purpose for living?
  • What is my unique role in this life?

This exercise comes from The Success Principles on page 23.  I already had a good idea of what my purpose was in life before I did this exercise, and doing this was the best thing I ever did.  Seriously, DO IT!

Do not just think about the answers, hand write them for optimal impact on your unconscious!

The Success Principles cites where the following comes from: “There are many ways to approach defining your purpose.

I learned this version of the life purpose exercise from Arnold M. Patent, spiritual coach and author of You Can Have It All. His most recent book is The Journey.

The Life Purpose Exercise

1. List two of your unique personal qualities, such as enthusiasm and creativity.

2. List one or two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others, such as to support and to inspire.

3. Assume the world is perfect right now:

  • What does this world look like?
  • How is everyone interacting with everyone else?
  • What does it feel like?

Write your answer as a statement:

  • In the present tense
  • Describing the ultimate condition
  • The perfect world as you see it and feel it
  • REMEMBER: a perfect world is a fun place to be

EXAMPLE – Everyone is freely expressing their own unique talents. Everyone is working in harmony. Everyone is expressing love.

4. Combine the three prior subdivisions of this paragraph into a single statement.

EXAMPLE – My purpose is to use my creativity and enthusiasm to support and inspire others to freely express their talents in a harmonious and loving way.

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