This daily journal came from a promise. Right before Memorial Day 2009, I met with my business coach Joe Stumpf. I shared with him my total burn out in my business of 20 years. Frustrated by what my life had become, I promised to get up at 5:00 AM every day, meditate and journal and focus on bringing passion back into every aspect of my life, my work, my family and my personal growth. Instead of going to work every day and having a PITY PARTY, I have decided to have a PASSION PARTY.
The Pursuit Of Passion - Life / Purpose Mad Libs
This whole purpose - mission - vision - goal thing is quite
If you have ever been to a planning retreat you know what I
Spending hours sorting through the difference between how
these four items relate to your business – or your life – is almost as much fun
as a visit to the dentist.
It is pretty easy to set a goal, so why not just leave well
Is this navel-gazing really worth the time?
It helps to think of your purpose as the view from 40,000
It’s the bigger perspective
And now and then I need that sense of clarity.
Your purpose and your goal are two very different things.
Your goal may be to become a TV screenwriter,
but your purpose in life is not to be a TV screenwriter.
Your goal may be to make more money
but your purpose in life is not to make money.
The more your life is aligned with your purpose
the more joyful and passionate your life becomes.
Four years ago I discovered this simple formula to help find
my purpose. This "Life Purpose Exercise" was created by Arnold M.
Patent and it goes like this:
1) List two of your primary personal qualities, such as
"enthusiasm" and "persistence".If you are not sure, ask someone who knows you well.
2) List one or two ways you enjoy expressing these qualities
when interacting with others, such as "to support" and "to care
3) Assume the world is perfect right now. What does the
world look like? How is everyone interacting with everyone else? What does it
feel like? Write your answer in the present tense describing the perfect world
as you see it and feel it. Remember, a perfect world is fun place to be.
Example: "Everyone is expressing their own unique
talents. Everyone is working in harmony."
4) Now combine these items into a single statement:
My purpose is to use
my _____(1)_______ and _____(1)__________ to ______(2)_______ and
_____(2)_________ others to _____________(3)___________.
A while ago I did this exercise.
Here were my answers:
1) Creativity, organization
2) To help, to inspire
3) There is enough for everyone. We are all working together
to build better lives. Everyone works from a place of love.
And here is my life purpose:
"My purpose is to use my creativity and organization
skills to inspire and help others to build a better life in abundance and
I had not looked back at this exercise for the last four
The world is a distraction
from what's important.
Infuriating, frustrating and confusing.
Time to get back to what I love,
what is important to me.
Time to get back to
why I get up every day.
To share my love
to share my knowledge
to share my joy
to share my abumdance
to PLAY BIG.
To show the world that this is not a zero-sum game.
We do continue to grow
We do continue to learn
We do continue to prosper
when we place ourselves in the stream of abundance
and live in faith instead of fear.
There is a lot of fear going around. I feel it.
I see it in the news. I hear it from my friends.
At times like this I feel a need to rise above, to filter out the noise.
am lucky. I found a job that I love, a job that lets me help people
get to their goals, a job that relates to my purpose in life.
love to use my talents to inspire others and help them build a better
life, whether it is through banking or music or education.
people are not so lucky. They struggle to find their purpose in life.
They may feel lost, or on a treadmill, not really living - just
existing day to day.
"Finding Your Purpose In Life" can be a drag. It can feel like another chore. Why bother?
to find the passion in your life. What lights your fire? What makes
you want to wake up in the morning? If money were no object, what would
you do today?
here the answer may not be so obvious. It might not be the first
thought that comes to mind. But do it, take action,…
I was never a big fan of repentance.
It always brings up an image of a New Yorker comic
with a guy in a long robe walking the streets
with a big placard,
someone Holier Than Thou,
who are you to tell me to repent for my sins?
But T'shuvah has other meanings
It is taking responsibility for one's actions
It is being accountable
And in another way it can be translated as "return".
A return to where you have come from
a return to the beginning
as we all finally return to the same nothingness.
When thought of this way
T'shuvah is really the 4th Step Prayer
a time to clean my side of the street
admit what I did wrong
and a willingness to change
to make it right in the future.
And it is when I become accountable
that things begin
creating space for what
the Universe has to offer.