Living On Purpose 101: Systems, Strategies, And Solutions
Oftentimes, individuals find that they do not experience deep fulfillment or excitement in life because they feel that they have no purpose. When people draw this conclusion, they oftentimes become depressed and engage in unhealthy behaviors given their conscious or unconscious assent to the idea that their lives have no value. Luckily, there are several strategies and systems that individuals can implement to overcome this mindset and the debilitating behaviors it typically engenders. Below you'll find just four of many strategies people can implement to begin living on purpose:
1. Find Out Who You Are.
If you're serious about living on purpose, note that the first and most crucial step in the process will be finding out who you are. This means that you need to know things like what your real values are and what constitutes your core identity. Note that many if not most people can't honestly answer these questions because they haven't subjected themselves to the key processes of self-inquiry that would lead to profound self-knowledge. And in many cases, people are so immersed in normative cultures which advocate social conformance and self-alienation that they do not view the acquisition of self-knowledge as valuable or even understand what the term references. Yet if you're really attempting to live on purpose, figuring out who you are is imperative. If you don't, you can fall prey to several unwanted outcomes. One of them includes mindlessly doing what other people tell you to do. Luckily, there are numerous methodologies (both formal and informal) that can be used to help an individual find out what they're all about. One is extensive meditation, and another is yoga. Perhaps paradoxically, many people figure out who they are through other people such as cognitive psychologists, mentors, or a trusted friend.
2. Set Goals And Find Someone Who Will Hold You Accountable For Completing Them.
Once you figure out who you are and what you want out of life, make sure that you start setting goals. Living on purpose is all about bringing meaning and fulfillment to life by continually engaging in activities that engender one or both of the aforementioned outcomes. Setting goals is a wonderful way to ensure that you're realizing desired outcomes that keep you on track to living purposefully rather than engaging in random, ultimately meaningless activities with individuals who likely don't know themselves. To optimize success with the goal-setting process, tell someone you trust what you're doing so they can hold you accountable for realizing your objective.
3. Keep A Journal.
If you're really serious about living on purpose, make sure that you keep a journal. Doing so will empower you to make the self-knowledge process perpetual and specific rather than merely drawing conclusions about who you are at one point and then moving from that realization without ongoing reflection. With journaling, you'll be able to consciously, continually think about things like which individuals, experiences, and objects are bringing you frustration or satisfaction. The journal will also help you analyze your emotions so that you maintain clarity and understanding regarding the types of encounters and experiences that engender negative and/or positive emotions.
4. Eat Well.
One final strategy you can deploy to remain on track to living on purpose is eating well. Doing so will help your body receive the continual intake of key nutrients that optimizes key physiological processes which contribute to energy production. Note that maintaining a continual stream of energy plays a key role in helping people lead a purposeful life because it ensures that they maintain the mental clarity and physical vitality necessary to determine what needs to be done and subsequently do it.
There are many ways that you can get on track to eating well, and one of them is reading up on topics pertaining to nutrition. You may want to begin with The Big Fat Surprise, an article by Nina Teicholz concerning the ongoing debate regarding whether saturated fat intake precipitates heart disease.
People who are serious about living on purpose should know that they can do so. Four techniques that can be used to engender this outcome are discussed above. Start utilizing them now so that you won't live in a random, haphazard way. Once you implement these strategies consistently, you'll likely begin to lead a purposeful life marked by sustained productivity and positivity!