Inspiration Boost http://www.inspirationboost.com Quote of Life, Inspiration and Motivation Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:15:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.6 6 Top Tips to Improve Your Life Despite of Adversity http://www.inspirationboost.com/improve-despite-adversity http://www.inspirationboost.com/improve-despite-adversity#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:49:54 +0000 http://www.inspirationboost.com/?p=6285 In this article, I’m going to share with you the 6 top tips how to improve your life now despite of adversity. After reading this article, you will be able to focus on the important things which you might have missed in the past and start changing your life towards a better direction. —————————————————————————————————————– 6 […]

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In this article, I’m going to share with you the 6 top tips how to improve your life now despite of adversity. After reading this article, you will be able to focus on the important things which you might have missed in the past and start changing your life towards a better direction.

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6 Top tips how to improve your life despite of adversity

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First: Accept that adversity is part of our life

If we look at successful people, we can always see that they are usually not those who never faced failure at all in their life. In fact, some of the most successful people in this world we have heard of started out poorly, and in fact have failed many times.

For example, the most famous basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan was just an ordinary person before he joined the NBA and he was even being cut out from his school basketball team because they said he is “lack of skill”.

The greatest inventor in history, Albert Einstein was thought as mentally retarded when he was young. He didn’t speak until he turned 4 and didn’t read until he was 7. His grade were so poor in school that his teacher actually asked him to quit his school.

There are so much more other great failures that famous people made. Do you know Walt Disney very first cartoon production actually went bankrupt? Do you know Henry Ford’s early businesses actually failed and has left him broke five times before he founded Ford Motor Company? Do you know Winston Churchill actually was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the prime minister at the age of 62?

Successful people do not whine or complain over the adversity. Furthermore, they do not attribute their hardships to others. By accepting the adversity as part of life and never put blame onto others, they are actually moving the locus of focus back to themselves and allows them to take charge of their life.

If everything happens because of uncontrollable elements other than ourselves, then we will definitely feel weak. On the other hand, if we accept things and put back the locus of focus to ourselves, we will definitely feel that we are in charge of our life and we can make a drastic change in our life today. It is this kind of feeling which gives sparks to all the wonderful things in our life.

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Second: Find the lesson hidden in adversity

In the last article, I shared the 27 most powerful believes with people, for them to use as seeds of inspiration in daily life. The number 1 most profound belief as shared in the article is “Everything happens for a reason”.

We often learnt the best lessons in our life in some of the most difficult time. Thus, we should view such adversity in life as a disguised gift, wrapped up in the name of problems. When we ask for bravery, life gives us fear; when we ask for strength, life gives us tests; and when we ask for opportunity, life shows us the deficiency. As you can see, the most precious gifts in the world are always wrapped up in some sort of negative things. Peel them away and you shall get what’s within. It is indeed a blessing to be able to see through it and learn whatever life has to offer us.

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Third: Learn the alternatives to overcome the adversity

If you have read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, written by Stephen Covey, you would know and probably agree that “Be Proactive” is important.

When we face adversity in life, we do not sit and wait for things to change by itself. We brainstorm, we think creatively to come up with a plan to turn the table and to change the game. This is perhaps, to me, the most interesting part of our life where we learn and grow.

There are so many ways to learn the alternative out there. For example, if you are not satisfied with your current financial situation and you would like to learn the alternatives to bring more income by using your free time, then perhaps you should do more research about it. The easiest way is to just Google it! You can read tips and suggestions from many others around the world. Blogs and related articles can help you to widen your horizon.

If you want to get more insight about something, go to forums for discussion. Forum is a great place for us not only to absorb information from the others but it is also a good place to build network. You can meet people who are starting out just like you and both of you can be partners because you both are sharing the same goal. With a greater talent pool and skill sets, it is more likely you can do more and achieve your goal faster.

It’s even greater if you can go for books because all the info is already well documented and this helps you to learn something step by steps unlike just reading random articles here and there. By all means, you can also attend seminars or online courses available within your reach.

I purchased courses online quite frequently mainly just because I want to achieve or to solve something systematically and efficiently. I can research and find the answer by myself via Google, but often, I think it is wiser just to invest in online courses because that would shorten my path to success a lot faster.

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Forth: Evaluate the options faster

Most of the time, we do not proceed further because we simply do not know what are the options available to us. However, there are times where we already know our direction but there’s simply too many channels we can use to arrive at the final destination. We tend to stay still to do evaluation first before decided to take up anyone of these options. Evaluation of options is important, planning is important, but the most important things is always action because results only derived from our actions.

Avoid being a perfectionist. To have something done perfectly, it means that we will have to plan very much into the details of everything. This also means that we will have to look into the different possibilities and ended up taking more time. It is important to plan ahead but remember to do it reasonably. You can’t be possibly take into accounts of everything before you act. It is just unpractical.

Launch your plan after it is considerably thought after and then adjust and learn new things along the way. If we were to learn every single thing before we proceed, we might ended up with nothing or lost the opportunity as others would have grabbed it away before we do.

If the evaluation of option is a challenging task for you, then perhaps you have encounter a dilemma in terms of values and beliefs. When you have difficulties in prioritizing your values and beliefs, it is going to be hard for you to make a decision.

For example, a person might be facing a dilemma when he really wants to study abroad but then this also means that he cannot work and contribute financially to the family. So, if he does not have clear ranking of values and beliefs, he will have a hard time to convince himself to pick up a choice which is the most suitable one in his own opinion.

We will go through quite a lot of dilemma in life, so do not be frustrated about it, take it as a golden chance for you to know yourself more. If come to the worst, you are unable to make a choice logically, then just close your eyes and follow what your heart is whispering as there’s one saying “our heart might be on the left but it is always right”.

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Fifth: Make uncertainty interesting.

Well, sometimes we know what the best is for us but we just can’t seem to pay the effort to do it. Some people said it is because of the fear, to be specific, the fear of failure. But most of the time, it is not that serious to the extent of being in fear. We just simply not motivated to put it into action because we know the plan might work but the problem lies very much in the “might”.

Doing it might bring us good, but it is not 100% guaranteed that it will be successful and this is the mindset which stops a lot of people from reaching their maximum potential. Human beings are gifted because of our ability to simulate scenario, the worst case scenario. It helps us visualize potential hazards around us or to foresee the challenges which might lies ahead of us, so we can protect ourselves by avoiding it. It is a great gift but sometimes it works in a negative way and disempowering our lives, unconsciously.

When we tell ourselves, “wow, look at this project, it might bring a huge changes in my business”, our same awesome mind will always, in the speed of light, throw us the question “what if it does not work out at all?” and this usually ended all the sparks which could have change our lives. We have inner conversation all the time and by asking ourselves a question can be either empowering or disempowering us. Thus, be very careful at the question you ask yourself.

It is hard to monitor our conversation as most of the time it happens unconsciously. However, effort can be made, habits can be formed to monitor and to influence the way we talk to ourselves. Yes, it is achievable, just don’t take my words for it, go and try it yourself.

If you are wondering why there are a certain things keep happening on you like a cycle, for example procrastination, giving up on great opportunity frequently and regret later on, or unable to blend into a new social circle, then perhaps you can start observing your inner conversation in respective situation. What did you ask yourself last time when you decided to delay your project? What did you say to yourself when you decided to give up? And, what did you tell yourself when you enter an unfamiliar social circle? Those are the sparks which lightened your action. Change the sparks and you will change your action.

Next time when you ask yourself “what if it does not work out as expected?”, change that question and ask yourself again “what happened if it works out great?” A simple shift like this will change your focus and triggers images or visualization which actually now motivates you and empowers you to move forward. It is amazing, isn’t it?

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Sixth: List down the values of overcoming the adversity

A lot of times, we do not move on with the plan in our mind because the clarity of values is not there. And, when the clarity of value is absent, then we will flow together with whatever that comes to us. This dangerous because we might be heading towards the opposite direction. Thus, we will have to halt and really think about the values of overcoming the adversity.

People who value lives will be much willing to travel far from home to aid those people in need, while people who values justice will do whatever they can to make things right even if their life is being threaten by other parties. Only when the values of overcome the adversity is higher than the value of leaving it as it is, we will decided to move forward.

We very often look into the monetary value only. However, from my personal experience, emotional, intangible values are usually the most powerful values in lives, even greater than the monetary values. Just for an example, I have seen those tops salesman achieve wonderful sales amount not mainly because they own some extraordinary skills but they are so passionate about their product and they truly believes that the products can help people to change their lives in a better way. It is their enthusiasm which set them apart from the rest, from their competitors. They simply do not afraid to receive rejection from potential clients, in fact they receive more rejection than the others, yet they are the one most motivated to move forward and to move fast each and every day because deep down, they have the values clearly lies within them.

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As a conclusion

There’s always ups and downs in our life and we can never run away from adversity. The faster we decided to face it and to do something about it, the faster our lives can be changed according to our will. As usual, I hope my articles can help to inspire you to achieve greater success in life. If you do think that this article is valuable to you, please do me a favour and share this with people around you. It will definitely encourage me to come up with more great content for you, my friends. Thank you for reading.

 

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Lee Kuan Yew Famous Life Quotes

Lee Kuan Yew Famous Life Quotes

At the end of the day, what I cherish most are the human relationships. With the unfailing support of my wife and partner I have lived my life to the fullest. It is the friendships I made and the close family ties I nurtured that have provided me with that sense of satisfaction at a life well lived, and have made me what I am.

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Jennifer Lawrence Quote to Every Woman

Jennifer Lawrence Quote to Every Woman

You look how you look. Be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.

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Tony A Gaskins Jr Love Quotes

A woman can always tell if a man loves her by how much time he’s willing to invest. Money spent is meaningless, but time spent is priceless.

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The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.

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27 Most Powerful Beliefs http://www.inspirationboost.com/most-powerful-beliefs http://www.inspirationboost.com/most-powerful-beliefs#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:32:59 +0000 http://inspirationboost.com/?p=6242 Belief is so powerful that it can empower one even if it is not true sometimes. It serves as the filter for our outer reality. We often look at the event happened around us differently than the others because we hold different beliefs. It affects how we allocate our focus, and then how we respond […]

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Belief is so powerful that it can empower one even if it is not true sometimes.

It serves as the filter for our outer reality. We often look at the event happened around us differently than the others because we hold different beliefs. It affects how we allocate our focus, and then how we respond towards the same event. In short words, having an empowering beliefs strengthen you, while limiting beliefs cages you and hinders you from what you are really capable of.

Thus, be extreme cautious in what you chose to believe. Review your current beliefs from time to time, to see does it conflicts with your values and causes you dilemma.

There are a few beliefs which I think are truly powerful if we can actualize them in our daily life and I would like to share them with you today.

I have 27 in the list, and I hand-picked 7 of them which I think are the most powerful beliefs,for which I have learnt by hard in life.

 

The TOP 7 Most Powerful Beliefs (IMO)

 

1) Everything happens for a reason and a purpose that serves me.

I always think that, in life, the best gifts is usually wrapped in challenges.
We often learn the best lesson in life at the worst time, from the greatest mistake we did. One very empowering thought about the challenges you are facing now is that it happens to you because you are special. You are chosen to go through this and to overcome it because you are destined to help the others who are also facing the same challenges to overcome theirs. It is indeed a gift in disguise. Always remember, we found greatest courage in greatest fear, greatest achievement among the greatest challenges. We might not be able to see it now, but in the future we will understand when the dots started to link together. From today onwards, choose to see difficulties as blessing, you then will have the opportunity to learn and to transform it into some wonderful experience which others could not possibly understand or experience as they do not have the chance to go through the same challenges like you do.

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2) I am in charge of my life

Peer pressure, education, culture, religion, and tradition all have something to say about our personalities. Be very cautious in selecting your input: what you read, watch and listen. Make sure you shape your own identity, or else you will be shaped by others subconsciously. In life, we will certainly encounter a lot of challenges and we will be given a lot of option. When you are lost, just close your eyes and follow your own will. What is the most important thing for you now? Pursue your answer. Ultimately, it is your life and you’ve got to make that call yourself.

Jimi Hendrix Quotes

 

 

3)To live totally is to live in the present

If you live in the past, you will be wasting your present because yesterday is just a memory which can no longer be altered but today is a gift for you to alter your destiny. If you were to live in the future only, you will be so blind to miss out all the beautiful things which you can appreciate only when you live in the present. Thus, to live totally is to live in the present. To me, this is the meaning of life which I’m only able to derive it for myself after feeling lost for almost a year. You can read more about why I think it is the ultimate meaning of life here. Last but not least, you can learn more about life from Dalai Lama. Someone questioned him what surprised him the most and his answer is both hilarious and wise, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”- Dalai Lama

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4) There’s no failure, there’s only lesson and an opportunity to develop greater inner strength

Most people give up because they think they have “failed”. However, this is not true at all. They didn’t fail. What they have is just a result derived from a method which do not work. In fact, they just need a simple review and tweak, then they are ready to go again. Remember, things only end when you give up. Every time when something opposite turned out, take it as another step closer to your success. P/s: Never ever skip the review part, or else you will be doing the same thing again.

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5) Happiness, emotion is a choice

Emotion is one great part of our life. Some people seems to live their entire life happily under sunshine that everything just seems so perfect for them, while the others seems to be clouded by misfortune all the time that everything is so dull and gloomy for them. Well, I agree that daily event does occur out of our expectation. However, no matter what happened to us, we always hold 100% control on how we interpret and respond. This pretty much means that we can control how we feel most of the time, and it is the matter of choice whether or not we shall choose happiness than otherwise. Some people born with defects complaint their entire life on the unfair limitation over them, yet others (like Nick Vujicic) strive and turn themselves into the greatest source of inspiration for others. Happiness is in fact a choice. Make your choice today.

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6) When I’m confused, I’m about to learn

Unless we are passionate about it, learning something new usually cling to negative emotion because we are lack of the knowledge and skills to hold full control of it. Misallocation of focus drains power from us and weaken us. Thus, be very careful on how you interpret events into meanings in life. When you are confused next time, do not tell yourself that it is too hard for you to understand, instead tell yourself it’s great that you are confused now because it means that you are going to learn something new. If you are not confused enough, you simply didn’t learn much.

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7) The past does not equal to the future

Understand this simply empowers you every single day. If you didn’t achieve your goal yesterday, well, today is a brand new day for you to start all over again. In other words, you have a chance to make a difference in life again today. If you have achieved what you wanted yesterday, well, it will remind you to be cautious and not to be overly proud of your past achievement because what you have might slip away due to carelessness.

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Some other powerful beliefs listed here.

Which one do you wish to incorporate deep into your daily life?

1. Others’ opinion is just a reference for me to make my decision.

2. I accept that life is like a wave. It has its ups and downs.

3. My life is wholly my choice. It goes how I want it to be.

4. Everyone I meet is a best friend I do not know yet.

5. Nothing is impossible in life as long as I believe and take action.

6. I believe I can learn from any situation.

7. We do not need to catch the negative balls thrown to us all the time.

8. I’m flexible and I can adopt new changes into my life.

9. When one door closes another opens

10. I’m open to all the great abundance in life.

11. I do matter. My words matter, my persistence matters and my life matters.

12. There is no total darkness. It is just absence of light.

13. I need to know how to love myself first, then only I can love the whole world.

14. I’m going to enjoy this challenge, no matter what the outcome may be.

15. Fear is only a feeling, thus it cannot hold me back.

16. We can only find valor in great fear.

17. People come into our life for a reason: to support us, to love us or to teach us a valuable lesson.

18. You can only reflect true happiness when you are truly happy in the first place. Be happy.

19. A great answer is always derived from great question. Always ask a good question.

20. Our life values does not based on what we have in possession or what we have achieved, but how much values we have given to others. It is all about making a change to other people’s life, lifting life that counts. Giving, it represent our life’s value.

 

So,

Do you agree with me that belief is very important in life?
Does any of the TOP 7 most powerful beliefs resonate with you?
And, what is your single most powerful belief you have in life?

Share it with me at the comment box below.
I would love to learn from you.

 

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5 free ways to feel great about life

5 Free Ways to feel great about Life

No matter what happens, there is always something to be grateful about life. Not just life in general either, your life specifically.

With almost all of us in pursuit of wealth and success, we fail to keep up with the speeding pace of life and consequently fail to connect with ourselves and happiness can seem a long way away. There is no point spending your life always waiting for something to make you happy – self-sustained happiness is the best kind and the easiest to attain too.

Therefore, here are five simple methods you can work into your everyday life to enrich your sense of goodwill and, ultimately, be happier:

1. Three acts of gratitude

Serotonin is the happy chemical that your brain produces naturally when you experience something that makes you laugh or smile. Even a fake smile works towards producing this chemical, but it is much more uplifting to genuinely smile or laugh and there are things you can do to cause this.

Watch one of your favourite comedy movies or sitcoms, or listen to an upbeat piece of music you know will have a positive effect. Granted, these specific suggestions can’t be done every single day, so it’s important to focus on some more of the simple things that you are grateful for – climbing into a warm bed at night, you and your family have their health, a hilarious joke with old friends – just thinking three happy thoughts a day, whether they’re the same or not, certainly helps boost how you feel about life.

2. Exercise regime

Exercising is another great Serotonin boost. Ideally you should be physically getting up and moving about every hour that you’re awake, so this is especially important for those who sit at a desk on a computer all day in their daily work. A 15-20 walk outside during lunch will give your body a much needed stretch, not to mention the fresh air.

Exercise can also be incorporated into morning routines as well – get your body moving with a brisk walk or walk to work once or twice a week if you can. A morning exercise program gets your brain working better and sets you up much better for the rest of the day.

3. Spontaneous acts of kindness

All of us need social interaction and our experiences of this on a daily basis range from hugely positive right through to hugely negative. You will never be able to control the moods and actions of others, but you can control your mood and actions towards them.

It’s important to respond and not react. A response is controlled, thought-out, measured behaviour whereas a reaction is often an impulse emotional response such as shouting that is not surprising to see people respond negatively to and are also likely to remember long after the event.

You’ll find that your responses become naturally more positive as you get used to doing spontaneous acts of kindness for friends, family or complete strangers. What’s more, people will respond more positively towards you and will be more forgiving when you have an off day, offering support in return for when you helped them.

4. Meditation

Our lives are hectic most of the time; full of noise, communication and interaction, sometimes we just need time away from these external influences to listen to what our body needs.

Meditating is about being in the present and getting your brain and body in a state of relaxation. Time for peace where you can listen to your breathing and feel your heart beating with no outside factors disturbing you.

Take any small chunk of time you can get, even just five or ten minutes, switch off your phone, TV and computer and spend the time meditating in a calm and controlled manner. The longer you meditate, the calmer you will feel after, and you might even find this calmness impacts on the positive respond towards you from others.

5. Keep a journal

This is another way of feeling great about life that branches off from the daily acts of gratitude. Keeping and filling in a journal every day is a handy method of remembering all the good things that have happened to you, all the memories that meant a lot.

Keep note of family days out, a thoughtful gesture or something that you really split your sides laughing at. It may not always be an experience as a whole, but smaller things within it; think about why you’re including it. How did it make you happy? And why?

With a journal, everything that you’ve enjoyed doing will be in one place and, if you’re ever feeling down, reliving the experience by reading your journal is one thing that is guaranteed to instantly put a smile on your face and boost how you feel.

For more ways to feel great about life, visit Psychic Ether and book a reading today. Our team of friendly psychics will put you at ease and comfortably chat with you as we both search for ways unique to everyone.
Karen Sealey is part of the team at Psychic Ether and has been specialising in tarot card readings ever since first picking up a deck in 1988. She has since trained extensively in a range of holistic therapies, paying particular focus on how a person’s choices impact upon their life.

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meaning of life

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

I’ve seen a lot of lost soul, people who repeat the same thing each day even though they dislike it. And I have seen a lot of dreamers, people who have great vision but caged in their own tiny circle, which others known as the comfort zone.

They have everything they need: food, shelter, and clothing like the others. Their life seems perfectly fine, yet at the same time, they still feel unsatisfied about something and they do not seem to enjoy their life.

It’s like their life is lack of something. It’s like there’s an empty hole in their heart. They can feel the chill and hollowness from within.

Are you one of them?

Well, it’s okay if you are because I’m one of them too. Not just once. But several times in different stages of my life. I took time and came to realize that lacking of purpose in life is the main source of the so called emptiness.

I re-stumble upon this question again regarding the purpose of my life last year mainly because a lot of things around me has changed. It was a very challenging year for me. Intense inner conversation pushed me to rethink about my whole life seriously.

I asked myself a lot of questions about my career, passion, values and identity during the inner conversation session, and there’s one particular question which I can’t put it off from my mind. You guessed it right, what is the purpose of my life is the key question.

 

Why This Question?

Because it can helps to answer a lot of interesting things like:

1. Why are we here?
2. What is life all about?
3. What is the purpose of our existence?

In the past, I used to be able to tell what I wanted to do almost instantly, as if I know what I wanted in my life all the time. Yet, it was not the same for me last year. I took quite a long time to explore and to re-understand myself before I was able to answer this question myself.

When I was still struggling for the answer, it worries me a lot because I can’t seem to sort out the purpose of my life like I used to be. I think there was something wrong going on with me and it freaked me out. It leaded me to confusion and frustration. Not to say, it also made me feel kind of lost.

It’s rare for me to share my personal experience in such a way, especially when it is rather a not so positive one. But, on second thought, I think this is important for me to share it because I believe there might be someone else who is also facing the same frustration as I did.

 

My message is simple: you are not alone and this is normal as it happens to other people as well.

 

Now, I’m grateful for all the confusion and frustration I went through because what Tony Robbins said is true, very true indeed.

“If I’m confused, I’m about to learn something.” – Tony Robbins

Confusion triggers thinking, which eventually leads to linking and learning. In short, I was meant to get confused first, then only I have the chance to learn more about the purpose of my life.

 

 

The Quest Begins

 

Before I was able to sort out the purpose of my life (sounds funny and pathetic), I actually went through a lot of interesting things.

I began by Googling “what is the purpose of your life” and a list of “methods” pop up to teach me how to define the purpose of life. To put it in general, the methods are similar as below.

 

How to Find The Purpose of Life:

1. Get ready with a pen and paper

2. Brainstorm the purpose of your life

3. Rank them by feeling which one resonate better with you

4. Whichever falls on the highest rank should be your purpose in life.

 

I did brainstorm the purpose of my life. But I feel it’s almost impossible for me to rank them. Each and every one seems so important to me. Plus, there’s no particular way to help me in filtering the items on the list. Perhaps the direction is not clear enough for me to form a specific thinking pathway to find the answer. The question here is what should I base on to rank the items on the list and to pinpoint the exact purpose of life?

P/s: At the end, I came up with a list of questions, from which I pinpointed my direction and started brainstorming the purpose of life. It’s at the bottom of this article, but for now, please read on.

On second thought, I go on and Google “things to do before you die”.
I thought the things to do before we die should be something of more serious and should be in line with our purpose of life. When I was going through the list, I made a simple assumption. I assume that if I’m able to find the similar to dos in these lists, I can then at least grasp the general idea of the purpose of life.

However, things does not went out as I have expected. Each list offers different kind of things which should be done. It’s impossible to sort out the general or repeated item appears in these lists. They are just a pile of fun-to-do list or wish list which others want to do one day. The activities does not really portray what we should do in life in order to achieve the purpose of life. It proves my assumption was dead wrong.

I grabbed 15 to-dos randomly from random purpose of life lists, so you can understand what I mean they are just a fun-to-do list, not really portray the purpose of life. Furthermore, some are rather vague while the rest sound absurd to me, no offense though.

 

Fun-to-do list:

1. Send a message in a bottle.
2. Shower in a waterfall.
3. See a lunar eclipse.
4. Achieve your ideal weight
5. Go scuba diving
6. Overcome your fear of failure
7. Learn a skill
8. See northern lights
9. Forgive someone
10. Do an extreme sport
11. Be someone’s mentor
12. Sleep under the star
13. Own one very expensive but absolutely wonderful business suit
14. Watch all those damn movies everyone keeps talking about
15. Write a book

 

Some of the to-dos are quite meaningful like donate blood and hair. It makes me feel good about doing it. However, majority of the items in the list are senseless to me.

The longer I went on looking at the list the more I got confused. Some of the things in the list were pretty vague, like look into the mirror and love yourself unconditionally, let go of your past, welcome all life lessons. All of these are important and they should be applied in life. However, I do not count them as the whole or most important things in life until I would call them as the purpose of life. They are just the small theme of life, while I was seeking a higher level theme of life which we all nod our head without doubt when we say it is the purpose of life, the purpose for us to stay breathing tomorrow.

So far, the purposes of life I’ve found are too vast and they are different depending on our age, culture, religion, gender and etc.

Then I realized it is important to first define the meaning of life. Once we are able to define the meaning of life, we can find our purpose to live. For example, if we think life is all about adventure, then our purpose to live is to see, to feel, and to try every single novel things; if we think life is about conquering our own fear and to be better, then the purpose of our life is to accept and to accomplish all kinds of challenges in life.

 

 

The Reference and Reflection On The Purpose Of Life

 

So, how should I put the meaning of life in one sentence then?

I was completely clueless when it comes to this question.

I have spent a long time wondering around, looking at internet source, books summary, trying to grasp the meaning of life. Yet, the answer I got sometimes was too general, sometimes was too specific until it is irrelevant with my life. In short they were not convincing enough.

However, throughout this process, I have some interesting findings.

I found the “meaning of life” quotes from Noble Peace Prize winners and others.

 

 

Quotes About Life by Noble Peace Prize Winners & Others:

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
– Nelson Mandela

“We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninty or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contibute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.”
– Dalai Lama XIV

“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

- Mother Teresa

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
– Robert F. Kennedy

It’s intriguing to imagine why would they want to go through all this hardship? What are their values? And, if I were to be able to meet them in person, what will they tell me about the meaning of life? The only thing I know here is that most of them are givers. They give others something while facing great challenges.

It is interesting to look at what these respectful people said about life. How they view their life can be a very good reference for me. However, ultimately, we will have to be the one who attach meaning to our own life. Only we have such right and only we are capable of doing this because it’s our own life after all.

There’s no universal (one fit for all) purpose of life. The purpose of life and the meaning behind it, we will have to define them ourselves, in our very own context.

Even if there is such universal purpose of life and if we were to seek it, then obviously we should be one of them sharing the same purpose.

So, perhaps, we should just start looking for the answer within us.

 

Now, looking back into the past, I’ve listed down the meaning of life I once lived by.

When I was a kid, meaning of life was about self-growth, I wanted to see how far I can go, particularly in my studies. Then, when I was a teenager, the true meaning of my life was to be myself, to think and to be able make judgement independently. After I joined the working field, I realized to be able to achieve inner peace was the meaning of life after went through various challenges in life.

For me, the meaning of life will just keep changing throughout our life. This happens because we grow, and then we tend to look at things from a different perspective. Also, learning new things will broaden our horizon, allowing us to view things from a completely different level. Cut it short, when we grow, the way we perceive the meaning of life change.

 

The Powerful Questions

 

So, if it keeps changing, then why should I bother to define the meaning of life now? If I insist to keep looking for it, then how should I find the meaning of life?

Great answer derived from good question. So, after went through the filtration, I get myself a list of questions below.

 

Top 5 Questions to Find The Meaning Of Your Life:

1. What would you do if you do not need to work for money any more?
2. What is the only thing you do not mind working on it for 12 hours per day for the next decade?
3. What is the number 1 thing makes you feel truly content from inside out?
4. If you were to write a book about your life, what do you want the story to be?
5. What would be your biggest regret in life upon the true face of death?

 

At the end, I personally top pick this “What would be your biggest regret in life upon the true face of death?” as the most powerful question to find the meaning of my life.

It reminds me of one particular article which talks about regrets, which I have gone through a very long time ago. I found it again and it was written by Bronnie Ware, a former nurse who spent years working in palliative care, looking after patients in the last 3 to 12 weeks of their lives.

She has a book for this: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

Regarding the book, some say it’s good, while others say otherwise. Well, if you ask me, I wouldn’t recommend the book because based on the reviews, the book concern much more about her own life than about those she had nursed. However, for those who would like to go more in depth on the topic than an article and do not mind to explore more about the writer’s life, you might want to purchase her book.

Nonetheless, here it is.

 

The top 5 regrets of the dying:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish I’d let myself be happier.

 

To be frank, even though it is just a simple article, it helps me to form a new perspective towards the meaning of life. It reminds me something of importance.

If we were to define the meaning of life for now, it might not hold the same for tomorrow as we will grow. However, if we were to look at it as if we are at the last few years of our life, then we can have an eternal lasting meaning of life because we can come to see which meaning of life is the most important one at the end of the day. And, I would say this kind of meaning of life would the purest one we can come up with because we are looking at it now at the very last stage of our life where a lot of things does not matter any more.

 

At the end of our life:

1. We stop lying to ourselves
2. We stop pretending to be someone we are not
3. We stop chasing materialistic thing which we can’t take away with us
4. We stop competing with others when giving matter more
5. We stop wasting our time explaining ourselves to others because your close ones don’t need it
6. We stop overlooking the beautiful little things around us
7. We stop spending time with the wrong people

 

When we are at the very end of our life, we stop chasing the wrong things because we finally came to realize our time is depleting, we can’t take things for granted like we used to be, and we can only afford to pay attention to what we treasure the most. And by stop chasing the wrong things, we give the right things a chance to catch us.

 

 

The Discovery – The Meaning Of Life

 

Well, I guess Steve Jobs were right after all.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
– Steve Jobs

Look at life once more upon the face of death is very powerful, too powerful indeed.

 

It helps me finally come to understand that:

1. Life is not about the destination but the journey – Like Dalai Lama XIV said, “We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most.” If that is true, then it’s the process which matter most, not the destination. It is just the same when we travel. Tokyo, Paris, or Thailand, the destination does not matter much, but it is how we spend our time and what we do matter the most. In short, how we live, our journey matters the most.

2. Life is nothing but the accumulation of moments – To have a meaningful life, first you need to have a series of meaningful moments. Always focus on the present, make the present a meaningful moment consistently and you will naturally have a meaningful life.

 

From this understanding, I would say that:

The ultimate meaning of life is to live totally, and to live totally means to live at present.

-Darren Chow

Looking at life upon death peels away all those beautiful illusion in life. It makes us understand that we are not living. We are in fact dying since the day you born.

In fact, it allows us to see that the future is just an illusion but the present is real. Every second we spent living in the future is just a second wasted.

Things became not so pretty but it definitely helps us to come up with the purest meaning of life. Once we start paying more attention to the present, instead of the future which lies beyond imagination, we truly live.

Furthermore, regrets only happens when we finally see what we are chasing after all this while is not the thing what we really want in life. And, looking back at the top 5 regrets of the dying, we can see that most of the regrets can be prevented if we understand the purpose of life is to live in the present. If we can live at the present, we can value things which is important to us right now higher than the things we believed is important to us in the future, and this prevent us from missing what we truly want in life.

 

 

The Conclusion on The Meaning Of Life

 

It sounds silly and pathetic but it took me almost half a year to come to this conclusion.

It took me a long while to go through books, articles, videos and other sources to see what others think about life. Meanwhile, I try to extract the meaning of life via inner conversation, also via going through normal daily activities myself.

It took me some time to boil it down to its simplest form and allow myself to finally be able to grasp the meaning of life which is to live totally. Once we understand this, we will not question about our existence anymore because we are now living it to the fullest, giving life its meaning. The meaning of life is here, not far in the distance future where it is just an imagination, an illusion.

With that saying, go do whatever we think is important right NOW. Punch through the obstacles and challenges along the journey until we accomplish it, so that we will have no regrets in life. We have to create and to attach the meaning to our life by living the things we think are important. Well, after all, we only live once.

Nothing comes with us when our soul leaves our body. Thus, the only thing we value the most before we leave this world will be our memories. So, let’s make sure we live totally and put in more happy chapters into our life now. Every single person is a book, so let’s write a really good one for ourselves.

Thank you for reading and I would like to end this piece of writing by sharing an interesting quote with you, a quote by Osho.

“Life is not a business, it is a play. And a play has no purpose really, it is non-purposeful. Or you can say play is its own purpose, to play is enough. Life is not reaching towards some goal, life itself is the goal. It is not evolving towards some ultimate; this very moment, here and now, life is ultimate.”
-Osho

 

 

 

So, what is the meaning of your life?
And, why do you think that is the meaning of your life?

I’m super curious about it!
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