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20 min to Your Life Purpose?

by | Jul 28, 2009 | Self/Business Growth


It sounded too cool to be true. In around 20 min or so I can realize my true life purpose. All I have to do is sit down and write it out. This is according to Lifehacker who is quoting blogger Steve Pavlina.

Blogger Steve Pavlina says that you can discover your life’s purpose in as little as twenty minutes. To do so, complete the following four steps:

1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type.
2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

Steve writes that “usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is” and that you should expect to generate some repeats or similar answers. All this is fine so long as you keep on writing, even if your answers begin to resemble variations on “I don’t have a purpose” or “Life is meaningless”.

Also, it’s not enough to react emotionally to an answer, according to Pavlina. You need to keep going until the emotion brings forth tears. If you feel the urge to quit, take a two minute break and then resume. According to the post, around 80-90 percent of those who try this method will reach their answer in less than an hour.

No crocodile tears from me as I wrote:

What is my true purpose in life?

  • to empower other people
  • to be happy
  • to promote meaningful capitalism
  • to promote peace
  • to be loved
  • to be kind
  • to matter
  • to spread peace
  • to promote innerpreneurship
  • to write
  • to experience
  • to use the web to spread peace
  • to be outside
  • to be human
  • to be growing
  • to express my ideas
  • to create
  • to love myself
  • to feel confident always
  • to be present
  • to be the best person I can be

Does it not work? Or did I not try hard enough?

photo credit: wwarby

Tara Joyce

Written by Tara Joyce

In 2008, I started this blog as I began working for myself. It is a reflection of my innerpreneurial journey, growing myself to grow my business. ABOUT ME

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