By Steve Pavlina: Personal Development for smart people
How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.
Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”
If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).
So how to discover your purpose in life?
Here’s what to do:
1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
2. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
3. Repeat step 2 until you write the answer that makes you cry.
This is your purpose. Now go and do something great!
Mark Calitri highly recommends Steve Pavlina! He is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the web site stevepavlina. com and the book Personal Development for Smart People