Every single one of us was born for purpose. Research shows that when we’re younger, our search for purpose can be an exciting adventure, but after a certain age this same search can lead to an increased incidence of anxiety and depression, and even suicidal tendencies.
More and more, people are seeking lives full of meaning, lives in which they’re making a difference, and for a growing number of people this becomes even more important than increased salaries. As Abraham Maslow explained over 50 years ago in his Hierarchy of Needs, once we’ve satisfied our basic needs, the final, highest need is that of self-actualization, giving of ourselves to something larger, inner fulfillment. Short-term happiness only goes so far; we need something deeper and more long-lasting. We need purpose.
For me, knowing my purpose has helped me weather a number of incredibly difficult personal experiences. Even on the crappiest of days, I know my life has greater meaning, and that’s the knowledge that I want you to have as well.
One of the reasons that our search for purpose is so hard is that we’re thinking about it all wrong. I clear up a number of misconceptions about purpose and introduce a new way of thinking about it that opens us up to a whole new world of possibilities. In addition, the words we use when discussing and thinking about purpose is often part of the problem, and I provide you with a new vocabulary around purpose. This isn’t just a semantic change, but reflects a much deeper truth about purpose that we all need to understand.
By teaching you the basic ideas of what purpose is, and what it isn’t, I help you get on the path to uncovering your own purpose.
I end with Purpose Power Tips, which I offer at the end of every episode.
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May you live purposefully, may you love yourself, and may you love life.
Bye for now!