For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been covering the concept of Life Purpose, and some ways to discover and pursue it.
Another way that can help you identify your Purpose is to mentally review of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life. Take a moment in your day to grab a piece of paper and make a list of those moments when you felt really alive; those moments burned into your memory as the best times of your life… believe me, if they are like mine, it’s going to be an easy job.
Once you have that list made, look for a pattern there. What do all those things have in common?
In my case, it was when I was working with kids at summer camps, gathered at a bonfire telling stories; writing a compelling and inspiring novel, and so on.
Think about your Joy as the magnetic needle in your compass; it always tells you if you’re on or off course using your emotions as a way to communicate with you.
The way this works is pretty simple: when you’re currently feeling good (happy, pleased, enthusiastic, loving), no matter the reason; this feeling is the indicator that you are in alignment with your Self –your True You, so you are “on course”. And when you’re feeling bad (depressed, afraid, worried, intolerant) –again, no matter the reason, it’s an indicator that you’re out of alignment with your Purpose, so you are “off course”.
Your Emotional Guidance System
Here is a list of some 22 of our most commonly felt emotions, ordered in a scale from the lowest (fear) up to the highest (love/joy). The higher we’re on the scale, the more in alignment with our True Self, and with our Purpose.
1 . Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
2 . Passion
3 . Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
4 . Positive Expectation/Belief
5 . Optimism
6 . Hopefulness
7 . Contentment
8 . Boredom
9 . Pessimism
This scale not only tells you your level of alignment so that you actually know where you are… it also serves you as a guide so, once you’ve identified your current emotional state, you can climb up the scale, step by step, all the way up to a higher –and more attuned, alignment with your Life Purpose.
You’ll be yet one more step closer!
Talk next week.