What if your life purpose isn’t materializing even after sticking with it, like everyone says?
He says it’s as simple as four steps:
This is how you open the dialogue for the universe to give you answers.
If you’re not exploring new activities, how are you going to know you like them? There are countless skills that you can make a living off of you don’t even know exist no matter how cultured you think you are. In this state, put aside judgments. There’s plenty of stuff I thought I would never be interested in, such as CrossFit, improv, hiking, beach volleyball, or Fortnite.
It was only until I tasted that I knew. Evan Carmichael, a successful YouTuber, was the same way when it came to salsa. His motto is to always try something twice because the first time may not have been a good experience or representative of the activity.
“The universe teaches through experience.” -Will Smith
This is why Will likes to travel. He gets to meet all sorts of different people with different backgrounds.
This is similar to exploring but focused on any sort of experience. An experience can be an exchange of words, memories, or emotions with another person. It could be seeing an event for the first time, like children starving or the hustle and size of New York City. Nothing beats seeing something in person. Theorizing and imagining in your head only gets you so far.
Use your gifts to give something to the world. Creating helps you understand your relationship with the world and humanity. Keep honing your skills to get better. You can create anything, from music to art to books to articles to research papers to videos to presentations to a service.
Look for what your benefit is to your friends, family, the human species, and the world because that’s always where you’ll find your purpose and mission. Creating can also help you discover the small details of what you’re passionate about and what you’re not about certain skills for you to iterate and adjust.
We’re often wired as human beings to derive energy from the value we generate for other people. Finding out how your mission revolves around helping others can help fuel or identify your mission. This will help you discover your relationship between you and your gifts and others.
Sitting there pondering your life purpose isn’t going to get you far. Believe me, I tried. I had charts and notes for days. Get out there. To do so, you have to stop feeling like crap by optimizing your body and routine. I have poured over the scientific research on what you can do to optimize your life and body for peak performance. I combined this with extensive analysis of thousands of the world’s most successful, top-performing individuals.
Here are five tips to radically change the course of your routine and have much more energy, which will increase the chances you’ll explore and find your purpose.
1. Exercise daily.
This seems obvious but there’s so much more to it. I would not be making such an effort to exercise if I didn’t know the science behind its deep importance. That is what I want to tell you today.
Exercise has been shown to increase your levels of success in multiple areas of your life. Studies show that habitual, consistent exercise increases your level of happiness, reduces depression, reduces stress, increases your well-being, makes you more focused, makes you more productive, and gives you more energy.
Exercise has also been shown to be a keystone habit that is crucial to building habits. What does this mean? It means that if you can make exercise a habit, it will make it much easier to build a lot of other great habits.
Before you jump to conclusions, I will admit that not everyone successful billionaire meditates. Richard Branson has admitted in a recent LinkedIn article that he does not meditate.
However, I have found a surprisingly large amount of people who meditate throughout studying thousands of the world’s peak performers.
There is a definite correlation of some type here. In fact, I’m constantly surprised when I find out more and more who do this every day. This list of people include: Robert Dowey Jr., Ellen, Oprah Winfrey, Adam Levine, and more.
It’s crazy how many Western people have adopted this despite it being an Eastern practice. Coincedence?
The billionaire Ray Dalio credits meditation as his greatest investment on a daily basis. There’s actually a lot of science behind why meditation works. It helps clear your brain and actually creates physical structural changes that help you make more reasonable decisions in times of emotion. It helps disconnect emotion from reason when you need to most and it decreases your blood pressure.
There’s been decades of research on the benefits of sleep yet modern society has told everyone to work as hard as possible to succeed.
The average person thinks he or she works hard, when in reality you can catch them wasting 20+ hours a week on unproductive tasks. On top of that, they sacrifice a couple hours on their sleep from time to time to “get ahead.”
I’m not saying working harder and longer doesn’t help increase your chance of success. However, you get diminishing returns until the point of acting like you are drunk when you reduce your sleep.
If working harder is not working and sleeping less is not working, you should cut back a bit on how much you’re cuttting out and look to other ways of increasing your success, such as working smarter and focusing on the right things.
Elon Musk and Will Smith have worked 80+ hour weeks to get ahead in their careers. Yes, they credit working hard to their success. However, it’s one of the most over-done well-known concepts of success in the modern world and there’s an overboard level, which can bring negative results.
There’s hundreds of studies on the diminishing and negative results of lack of sleep. Henry Ford, decades ago, found through experiments that a 40 hour work week ended up getting the most work out of his employees rather than working them to death.
4. Write Down Your Goals
Most successful people have a daily goal-setting and/or checklist system to keep focused and on track, usually with a paper and pen. Some do it twice or more a day.
It’s rather crazy that most people don’t do this at all. They’ve gone years without writing their goals.
When you start doing this, you’ll realize how off-track you get on a daily and weekly basis. Writing these down will help you re-align yourself to your main purpose. It also helps you check to see if tasks are worth the time.
5. Visualize Your Success
The billionaire Bill Bartmann talked about how he visualized living in mansions by going to open houses with his girlfriend even when they were poor.
The author Robert Kiyosaki put a picture of his wife in front of his treadmill to motivate him as he worked out.
Brian Tracy and Jim Carey went around fancy neighborhoods and pretended that they owned a house there back when they were dirt poor.
Your subconscious brain is an important part of your brain. Programming it so that you think, feel, and believe you are rich will help you act in an abundance mindset. It will help you think bigger and do bigger things that will lead to more wealth.
Rather than scraping by and trying to steal just to survive, your abundance mindset will make you think of “how can I impact the world on a bigger level?” This will help you do bigger things that create this wealth.
Your purpose is up to you to decide. You have genetic and cultural inclinations for what fires you up. These can influence your decision, but you are free to choose what you want to devote your time, and thus, your purpose to.