The Art of Living a Purposeful Life
The Art of Living a Purposeful Life
Many people muddle through life without ever defining or living their purpose. In some cases, they are happy enough, but they still feel unfulfilled and rudderless. In other cases, the lack of purpose is more profound. The person who lives life without a clear purpose may flit from one crisis to the next, never quite finding their way or moving forward. They may even get involved with destructive behaviors like substance abuse, obsessive gambling and other addictions.
If you have been looking for purpose and meaning in your own life, it is not hard to get started. Some people think that leading a purposeful life requires the help of a guru or religious leader, but that is not necessarily the case. You can live your life with purpose and improve your circumstances entirely on your own.
Living life with purpose does not necessarily mean making major changes to your life. You do not have to quit your job or move to a cabin in the woods to enjoy more purpose in your life. Here are some tips to help you start living a more purposeful life today.
- Take a cue from your pets and start living in the now. Your pets do not spend time worrying about the future or obsessing about the past. They live in the now, and you can too.
- Stop reliving past mistakes. You cannot change the past, and you do not have to let it define you. Just take a deep breath, learn from your mistakes and move on.
- Know that living life means embracing constant change. The world does not stand still no matter how hard you cling to the present moment. Do not fight change or be afraid of it; welcome the evolution and the opportunities it provides.
- Give others the benefit of the doubt. Most people are not out to take advantage of you or do you harm. Always assume the best in other people unless you have direct evidence to the contrary.
- See life through the eyes of others. No one has a perfect life, not even the rich and famous. Petty jealousy will get you nowhere.
- Embrace the silence instead of trying to fill it with noise. We live in such a noise-saturated world that sudden silence can be jarring. Instead of turning the TV on as soon as you come home, sit down, turn out the lights and let the peace and stillness wash over you.
- Treasure your friends and nourish the relationships in your life. In the end, your friends and family members are what really matters.
- Keep a notebook by your bed to record your sudden inspirations. Start each day by writing down three or four things you want to accomplish before you turn in for the night.
- Smile as much as possible. It takes greater energy and more muscles to frown than to smile. Keeping a smile on your face is one of the best ways to improve your outlook on life.
- Exercise every chance you get. Take advantage of the nice weather and walk or bike to work. You will feel good about yourself and your heart will thank you.
- At least once a month, head out without a destination in mind. Let your mind -- and your feet -- wander. You may be surprised and delighted at where you end up.
- Practice relaxation exercises before bed. You will sleep better and enjoy greater restfulness. If you meditate, make it part of your nightly routine.
- If you feel like yelling at someone, take a deep breath first. Letting the anger pass is good for your body and soul.
Despite what the gurus might tell you, there are no deep dark secrets to living a purposeful life. Treating others fairly, making time for yourself and learning to relax can all help you add more purpose to your life.
About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or BCarroll@pivot.com.