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Do These Three Things to Connect With Your Purpose in Life

At the core of the human spirit is a need for meaning and purpose. These less-common practices will help guide you to the center of yours.

It's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of goals or of successes: a better body, a financial goal, a holiday, a new car, an award to win, or the new modern craving — more Instagram followers. (You know you want them.)

The pursuit of meaning trumps all other goals and accomplishments.

That’s why I think we need to put meaning and purpose at the very center of our life goals and daily habits, and let the rest of life organically grow into form around this central pillar, however it comes to be. The pursuit of meaning trumps all other goals and accomplishments.

1. Do one hour of work from within your creative genius zone every day

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  • What is the one constructive activity you love to do? (That’s not relaxing, eating, or getting drunk. It might be writing, coding, or helping people.)
  • If you could have any creative project come true for you — anything at all with no limitations, what would it be? Would you produce an award-winning documentary, give a TED talk, write a book, do a photo exhibition, make crafts, grow weird heirloom vegetables, write software, start a restaurant, teach a course, play games with children, dance, design buildings — if you could create any project at the very best creative quality, what would you create?

2. Practice environmental mindfulness in your daily actions

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How your daily actions affect your self-esteem. Actions inline with your values lead to good self-esteem. Actions against your values erode your self-esteem.
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Living by your values is the watering can to your self-esteem.
  1. Second-hand: Buy second-hand clothes, books, and furniture.
  2. Eat more plants: Eat less animal products like meat, dairy, and eggs. Eat more plant foods like rice, beans, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, oatmeal, and nuts.
  3. Save energy: Go through your home and see how you can cut back on your energy and fuel use. (You might like to try the Energy Lollipop Chrome extension which can help.)
  4. Your job: Try and improve the environmental impact of your workplace. Can you change any systems in your company? Do you feel the calling to change jobs to a role where you can have a more positive impact in the world?

3. Imagine your life goals around what you can contribute to the world

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I think contributing each of our unique gifts to the world is our most important job in life.

I think contributing each of our unique gifts to the world is our most important job in life. Within the fabric of a meaningful project is often where we make our best friends and experience our greatest joy. It’s the point from which our truest self resonates.

Here’s how to align your personal goals with your contribution

  1. Make a list of ten things you’d like to see made better in the world. If you could change one thing in the world to make it better, what would it be?
  2. Draw each of these ten things on a mindmap. Ideate on how you could contribute to them. See how these goals could also become your own life goals.
  3. Imagine that you are a billionaire and (after you’ve gotten that Tesla and beach house) your quest is to use the money to contribute to the world. What do you fund? What problems do you fix? What incredible project would you create with that epic funding? Try out this guided meditation here and see what sprouts up in your imagination.

Keep learning with my book “How to Save the World”

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Written by

Environmental Engineer | “Fitbit for the Planet” Designer | Author of How to Save the World | Join the movement at katiepatrick.com and energylollipop.com

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