Why Do I Exist? What Am I Living For?

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Dear Friend,

What answer would you give to the questions “why do you exist?”, “what is the purpose of your existence?” What stage are you at in the search of purpose and meaning for your life? Are you at the:

  1. Never given it a thought or I don’t believe in the search for purpose?
  2. I’m in the search but not quite sure what my purpose is?
  3. I’m totally living my purpose?

Here is the Living Your Purpose Self Test to help you identify where you stand in the search for purpose.

LIVING YOUR PURPOSE – SELF TEST
ANSWER YES, DON’T KNOW OR NO

  1. Do you recognize what you are good at and what energizes you?
  2. Do you fully utilize your most enjoyed skills?
  3. Does your work further some interest you care deeply about?
  4. Do you see yourself, through work, as making a difference in the world?
  5. Do you view most days with a sense of enthusiasm?
  6. Have you developed your own philosophy of life & success?
  7. Are you taking the necessary risks to live your philosophy?
  8. Do you feel a sense of meaning & purpose for your life?
  9. Do you have active written goals this year relating to your purpose?
  10. Are you living your life to the fullest now or hoping that things will work out someday?

Score Your Results: YES – 0, DON’T KNOW – 1, NO – 2

If you scored:

SCORE INTERPRETATION
0-7 Congratulations!! Your life is pretty focused, you have a sense of direction & are intent on making a difference
8-15 You have a sense of purpose but need to clarify commitment. Are you living your values daily? Are you daily searching for meaning? You are on the right path!
16-20 You run the risk of not using your potential. Or you are in a major crisis. We need to take a good look at your level of seeking and the kind of information you have received thus far to help you clarify purpose. You need to begin the exciting journey of designing your dream life as soon as possible.

abi-longe-do-what-you-loveHow do we ensure we are living purposeful lives? A look at each of the questions will reveal the clues we need.

  1. Do you recognize what you are good at and what energizes you?

Do you have a skill or hobby that everyone comments on how good you are at? Do you have a skill you could spend hours on without getting frustrated? What is the potential commercial viability of that skill? If you have not gotten to the point where you recognize what you are good at, what steps are you taking to get there?

  1. Do you fully utilize your most enjoyed skills?

Have you recognized the commercial viability of your most enjoyed skills? Do you have a plan to build a career around those skills? Have you articulated what it would cost you to do so? Are you at the stage where you can make that sacrifice or do you have a plan to get there?

  1. Does your work further some interest you care deeply about?

Why do you work? Beyond the paycheck, what could you do that you care deeply and passionately about? Have you made a plan to start doing that work within a short time?

  1. Do you see yourself, through work, as making a difference in the world?

Do you feel your work is of life-changing importance? Who do you feel your work matters to? What work do you feel you should be doing that matters to the world?

  1. Do you view most days with a sense of enthusiasm?

How do you feel when you wake up? Excited about the day ahead of you or a sense of dread at what is to come? What changes can you make in your work that will leave you rearing to go each morning?

  1. Have you developed your own philosophy of life & success?

Have you identified your core values? Do you have your own definition of what success looks and feels like? Are you aligning your actions to your values?

  1. Are you taking the necessary risks to live your philosophy?

What are you doing now to get yourself to the point where your work matters greatly to you, and the world around you? You may have to take risks and make large sacrifices. Have you counted the cost?

  1. Do you feel a sense of meaning & purpose for your life?

Is there a big WHY to your actions that motivates and propels you forward? What are those things that give flavor and meaning to life for you? Are you doing them?

  1. Do you have active written goals this year relating to your purpose?

Goals are great action originators. You must articulate yours in a properly written and set out fashion. Do your written goals align with your big WHY?

  1. Are you living your life to the fullest now or hoping that things will work out someday?

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do differently? You must strive towards living each day as if it were your last!

Let’s review some scenarios:

Scenario 1:

Jan says “Its 5:00 in the morning and my alarm is still blaring. As floods of consciousness begin to fill my mind, the lyrics to the song “today I don’t feel like doing anything” replay in my booting mind. Why do I have to do this every day anyway? Why does the weekend seem so far? Why do I do what I do? Why am I only at my best when someone else is watching or monitoring? How did I get here?”

Scenario 2:

Dan says “I’ll be 90 years tomorrow and there’s not much to do. My house is buzzing with plans to celebrate my great life as perceived by others. My family and friends idealize stuff like “long life” and “ripe old age” and it just leaves me wondering. I spend my time feeling nostalgic about the moments I can remember and never want to forget, replaying every scene in my mind. Sitting in my rocking chair wishing I did more, asked more questions of life, and wondering who in the world stopped me anyway?? Who is responsible for making people conform? Who or what stopped me from traveling places and seeing the world? Why didn’t I learn as much as I could about anything and everything? Why can’t I remember most of the fun things I did? How come only a few things matter to me now? These people around me shouldn’t keep going on about “long life”, they should reevaluate the words: “live, love, life.”

Can you identify with any of the 2 scenarios? Are you closer to Jan or Dan? Most people need to rediscover and redefine themselves for clarity of purpose. They need a vision for the future and a mission for the present. The world is inundated with reasons why people should have a clear purpose, vision & mission. There are even more reasons why people should write things down. Why don’t most of us do any of this??

Here  at www.abilonge.com, we will teach you both the why and how; guiding you step by step, precept upon precept, and line upon line. Remember to visit us for more great productivity inspiring action plans.

And until next time, remember to: Design your Life, Live your Dreams, Day by Day.

Abi

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