“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” ~Gautama Buddha
4theGoodLife blog is on a quest to find & share true and actual ways you can experience a clearer focus on your purpose as we together strive to live the good life. I am investigating and reporting what makes up a good life and how you can start living it today! This is my mission and I hope you will join me!
The Good Life Lab Experiments grow from that mission. Below are list of things you can do today, right now, in each of the 7 core areas of your life, to you bring more:
- and much, much more!
This page will hold short Good Life Lab Experiments, related to the core area ‘PURPOSE’, that you can incorporate into your life. Try them out. Some will work for you and others will not. This is about lifestyle design. Creating a life YOU fall in love with… by being specific and intentional with your time, effort and experiences.
Good Life Lab Experiments: Year-To-Date Check In
Quickly, rattle off your New Years Resolution(s). Do you even remember what they were? Maybe you didn’t make any “official” New Years Resolutions, instead what were the things you planned to focus on or accomplish this year? Was it career or personal? Have you checked in on your progress?
The year is almost up, we are in month 10 (when I first wrote this)… where’o where has the time gone? Let’s reflect… what grade would you give yourself as it relates to your resolutions or yearly goals? Did you start out strong and slowly the energy dissipated? Have you stuck with it- on and off but never really was able to make headway? Did you get the results you were looking for? And now the dreaded… WHY question!
Ask yourself these tough questions and see if you can either get back on track, adjust your goal for something more attainable or get real about what it was you really wanted when you first made the goal.
Once you get clear about your desires, it becomes clear what fuels you! More on this to come in a blog post… but in the meantime, how did your check in go? Was it difficult? Have you been lying to yourself? Feel a little ashamed or like you wasted precious time?
This isn’t about beating yourself up… this is about living on purpose. Every decision you make should be intentional with a goal in mind, because if not… your life will unfold too haphazardly.
You want to be goal-oriented enough to where you are on a clear path but agile enough to be flexible when life’s obstacles or opportunities comes your way. Being too rigid, you miss out on opportunities. Being too unfocused, you miss out on accomplishments. Purposeful and Agile… that’s what you aim for!
Good Life Lab Experiments: Disappointment Shamisappointment
Got Disappointment? Surely… you have at least one. If you’re anything like me, you got plenty! But that’s okay. Disappointments come a dime a dozen! There is gold is disappointment. But only if you learned the lesson in the experience…
Did you learn the lesson? I hope you did because if you didn’t, I’m sad to say… that particular disappointment will revisit you again.
You goal with this assignment is to revisit a disappointment and extract the lesson. If you have more than one disappointment, you can do this exercise over and over until you exhaust your list.
If you have a particular disappointment that continues to show up time and time again… then get out some paper and explore until you rip it to shreds. The paper will keep you from forgetting those tiny gold nuggets until you reach down in the center and clear out the pot of gold.
Once you’ve got the lesson, it becomes much easier to be intentional with your word, thoughts and actions. This exercise is so important to learning life’s lessons. Realize no disappointment is too little to learn from!