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Life Purpose Statements – Tips for Discovering and Articulating Your Life Purpose

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Life Purpose Statements – Tips for Discovering and Articulating Your Life Purpose

Wrestling with life purpose statements and the large questions behind them – “Who am I? What am I here to do? What’s my purpose?” – can be a difficult exercise. For many people, it’s uncomfortable to navigate this ambiguous terrain full of existential challenges.   Yet, looking inward in order to discern your life purpose can bring incredible clarity and energy to your life. Clear direction can guide both your overall life planning and your day-to-day decisions.   When investigating life purpose, people rarely experience an epiphany where the clouds part and they have their life’s purpose magically revealed. That does happen, but more frequently people begin to hear their intuition and instincts whispering louder and louder until it becomes unmistakable.   To navigate this terrain and help yourself hear your intuition, I recommend a few tips. First, ask yourself several questions:   • When in my life – past and present – have I been happiest? • When in my life – past and present – did I feel like I was making the biggest contribution?   Finding the times in your life when you felt happiest and most fulfilled (through contribution to others) are clear clues on the path to discovering your purpose. As Mother Teresa said, “Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”   In addition to looking at the past and present, think about the future. What do you want to contribute in your life? What’s your gift to give? When you are an old man or old woman, what do you want to be able to say you did with your life? What do you want people to say about you when you are dead and gone?   Spend some time with each of these questions. I recommend keeping a journal to record your thoughts. As you work through these questions, go through several drafts of life purpose statements. Once you have several drafts, seek to refine it to a core idea or central theme. Then, come back to it over time to further shape it.   As you craft the statement of your life purpose, know that the common theme of your purpose will likely remain throughout your life, but the way you express it will change. For example, if your life purpose is to teach, you may find yourself in many different situations – trainer, teacher, coach, consultant, mentor, etc – that allow you to express your purpose of teaching others.   Once you have a clear (or at least more clear) idea of your life purpose, take some action. Even if you can’t quite pinpoint your purpose, start looking for ways – starting today – to live your purpose more fully. About Author: Adam Chalker is a certified personal coach with a Masters in Education and Human Development. His website, www.best-personal-growth-resources.com provides transforming purpose discovery activities and other free articles about personal growth.   Article Source: Life Purpose...

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Positive Thinking – Can the Way You Think Affect Your Health Physically?

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Positive Thinking – Can the Way You Think Affect Your Health Physically?

Positive thinking sometimes can be perceived as a lot of “fluff,” but science has been able to prove that there’s more to it than just the “placebo effect.” In fact, this article answers the question, “How to be Positive Automatically” because it discusses one of the best benefits of positive thinking that makes maintaining positive attitude routine.   Becoming Addicted to Positive Thoughts Remember when you were upset as a kid and inevitably Mom would try to change your attitude by saying, “Everything’s going to be alright?” Whether Mom knew about the power of positive thinking or not, those words were the best thing for her to say at the moment. Today, if we can be that “Mom figure” to ourselves and use positive thoughts and positive phrases like, “Everything’s going to be alright,” then we are actually using a very old “home remedy” to ignite different biological reactions within our bodies.   So, what exactly does that mean? It means that science has discovered that you can use the power of positive thinking for maintaining positive attitude and actually get “hooked” or “addicted” to it on a biological level.   One way that this happens is that your mind puts out chemicals that coincide with your emotions. So, when you’re using positive thoughts to stay happy, your brain is actually flooding your body with “happy” chemicals. The interesting thing that occurs in this regard, though, is that your body may not be equipped to handle all the happy chemicals “coming down the pipe” if you’ve been depressed for a long time and are new to using the power of positive thinking to your advantage. So, your body has to make physical changes to adapt to the new flow of happy chemicals. Can it do this? Yes!   In fact, one of the best benefits of positive thinking is that as you get better and better at maintaining positive attitude, you are consistently putting out “happy” chemicals and your body produces more and more cell receptors – or portals – to receive the new flood of chemicals, and this is pretty exciting news if you need motivation to change your attitude. Why? Because the more positive you become mentally, the more “happy chemicals” your body prepares to receive and craves, so your body helps you stay happy in order to get its “fix” of happy chemicals. This is where you can say attitude is contagious because your body wants more “happy juice” so your mind puts out more “happy chemicals” to satisfy the “cravings” of your body for “happy juice” so you don’t have to think about “how to be positive” anymore. You’re on auto pilot!   Positive Thinking Creates a “Smarter” Brain Positive thinking also has a positive impact on how the brain itself functions. Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that when a brain is kept positive by maintaining positive attitude, it actually creates more neural pathways faster and has an increased ability to problem solve and “think better.” In other words, practicing the power of positive thinking and maintaining positive attitude are like feeding your brain “super food” to help it thrive.   So, can positive thinking affect your health in a positive way? Yes. In fact, when you’re super charging your brain...

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