Seven Questions to Create a Meaningful Life

Seven Questions to Create a Meaningful Life

For decades, I was taught that I needed to accept what I could not change and have the wisdom to know the difference.    Despite years as a graduate student in Neuroscience and post doctoral fellowships in psychiatric epidemiology at the most prestigious medical schools in the country, whenever I saw a doctor or counselor at these same institutions, more often than not, I would be either told my problem wasn’t real, or that I just had to learn to accept it.

I had become disillusioned with Western medicine when I realized how little coursework my colleagues were getting in nutrition and lifestyle management, and how much coursework was dedicated to pharmacology.   There seemed to be an underlying motive in Western medicine that made me uncomfortable, and they did not have a history of taking my problems seriously.

What make my life meaningful is that I show people who don't believe they can grow, that they can.My search for meaning came through my struggles:

So I began to look for answers beyond.  I found various methods and strategies that helped here and there, but it wasn’t until I found the current methods I use that I began to believe that anything is possible.

After 6 years of practice and hundreds of clients, I still stand by that belief.  I have clients who began with me with belief that “nothing ever works”, and week after week, and month after month, they too slowly start to develop a much more expansive view of what is possible.

My mission to deliver hope for personal growth, whether it is in health, wealth, relationships or happiness.  It is what keeps me going.  It drives my practice and gives me reason to keep trying, to keep working, to keep learning, regardless of how tough my life can be.  My life has been full of challenges, and it seems to constantly demand more and more of me.   Without this commitment to a cause far greater than myself, I am not sure I would still be here today.  It gives me a reason to keep going, despite the odds against me.

The value of a meaningful life:

Like many others, having a passion and life purpose gives me a compass.  I make plans about my future, about who I need to be, and how to get there based on my greater mission.  I have a direction, a purpose and people to serve.  I have a message to deliver, and a commitment to make this world a better place.

But I have met others that don’t know what they want.  Without a direction, life becomes less organized, less focused and less directed.  Without a commitment to the world beyond themselves, they often don’t see a point in working hard.  They work to pay the bills, they may spend time with friends or family,  but they seek pleasure that is more fleeting and less fulfilling.  Without a purpose, they are more susceptible to depression and addiction.

Do you need more of a passion filled life?

Here are some questions that will help you find your passionate life purpose.

  1. What am I passionate about?

The only way to do great work is love what you doThe first thing that needs to be explored is what you are passionate about.  To do so effectively, let go of what you’ve been told you should do, let go of any self-limiting beliefs.  Just connect with what brings you joy and a drive to keep going.   One way to further explore this is to tell a time that made your heart sing.  When you think of a story, I would love to hear it!  Please share it in the comments below

2.  If I were at my best, what would I do right now?

Just for now, let go of all the discouragements about failures or challenges you’ve had in the past.  In this moment, you have been given a special power to be the best and highest version of you.  What would you do right now?    Please share in the comments below.

3.  If I were on a stage, with an audience eager to hang on to your every word, and this was the one chance I had to make an impact, what would I say to them?

What is your message?Imagine that not only do you have that special power to be your best, but now the world is ready and eager to hear the lessons you’ve learned in life. What struggles have you overcome?   What would be your most important life lesson?  Your chance is now!  Please share below!

4.  What is like to be exceptional?

If you were given a special power to be the best and highest version of you, what would that look like?  Please comment below!

5.  What is my contribution to the world going to be?

Embedded in this question are the following questions:

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I find easy?
  • What is that special something that I have to offer?

Please comment below!

You may find in your search that you will want to revisit the questions above after you have had a chance to let them marinate.

A key block however from finding your life’s purpose, is that you may just need to explore more.  Exposing yourself to more experiences allows unique connections to happen in order to spark new ideas.  Keeping your mind open will allow the ideas to flow.

The 2 questions below will help you open your mind to generate more ideas.

6.  What am I doing to keep my mind open?

Keep your mind open to create new ideas

Some examples of things that can keep your mind open and stimulate new ways of thinking:

  • Open-ended questions
  • Reading/listening/hearing/talking to inspired people, and hearing their stories
  • Travel at home or abroad
  • Going for a walk  
  • Meditation
  • Taking new classes
  • Volunteering
  • Trying anything new

7.  What resources do I need to figure this out?

Some examples of resources include:

believe in yourself We can easily get stuck in our own familiar thinking patterns.   Releasing those blocks can help us make decisions, and open our minds to the possibilities.  Also, a heart wall will in the way of figuring out what you are passionate about. If you suspect you have blocks that are getting in your way, or if you have any self-limiting beliefs, I’ve helped many clients release these barriers to identify their passions.  Contact me here to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Don’t forget to share your answers below!

 

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