One of the most important questions we will ever answer is, “What is the Meaning of Life?” Not just life in general, but my life, your life. Why are we here? And why does it matter anyway?
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I need to listen to my life to tell me who I am.” ~ Parker J. Palmer
I will not pretend to think I can answer that question in a short blog, but if that question is burning in you, here’s the question you need to focus on answering, “What is the purpose of my life?” This is the first step to find your meaning. Not the other way around.
Your purpose is an intersection of three things:
1. What you are naturally good at – or your talents.
2. Your affections or your passions – what you love to do.
3. Finding your gifts in Flow – discovering what you do when you feel the most fulfilled without any concern of what title you have, what business you own or how much money you make. This is what you do when you are “purely you” without the labels, messages, or values that we, or others, place on us. It’s also connected to how you serve others in ways that bring hope, love, and value into the world.
Knowing and understanding your purpose helps guide you into a prosperous future. It also makes the relationships around you deeper. You laugh louder and you love better. You will have a clearer idea about what to focus on in life and where to invest your time. In turn, this brings a tremendous amount of meaning to your life and – step by step – you gain more understanding about the meaning of life.
Positive Psychology focuses on the elements people need in life to flourish – or to be their very best. One of the key factors in positive psychology is something called, “Well-being Theory,” which is the scientific theory of happiness. One of the 5 building blocks is Meaning. Meaning is defined in someone’s life by 3 things:
• A well-lived life. When you have a sense of purpose, it helps you clarify meaning and you live with increased life satisfaction and better health.
• Resilience. Meaning and purpose help you to bounce back after crisis or difficulty. This is particularly helpful after COVID-19. You are better able to overcome challenges and greatly increase your personal growth after facing adversity.
• The work you choose is done with more interest and increased engagement. Why? Because you feel like you are about something bigger than yourself. You have more meaning because there is a greater purpose. I have a simple 4 step process that I would like to provide to you at no cost. This process will walk you through how to create a transformational life purpose statement. If you would like a copy please email me, Dr. Tom Davis – firstname.lastname@example.org