Book Notes

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Creative Writings, Table Of Contents
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The First Step in Finding Your Life Purpose

The first thing that you need to do when it comes to finding your
purpose is let go of all the noise and static which is keeping you
from "hearing" the still small voice within your heart. Sure, there
are many valuable things you can learn from outside sources and
other people's input. But when it comes to you finding your life
purpose, the person you need to have a consultation with is always
available, and that person is you. The problem is that we are all
bombarded with so many opinions, solicitations and ideas about how
things should be that we've desensitized ourselves to the voice of
our heart.

Your own personal and spiritual growth is your responsibility and
no one else's, regardless of how many people will try to tell you
what you should or should not do with your life. Once you have
filtered these things out by cultivating "selective ignorance", you
can start focusing on the skill which will help you in finding your

Start Listening to Yourself

The most important thing you can do to start building
self-awareness and find out what YOUR specific purpose is here on
earth is to start listening to yourself, and the best way to
accomplish this is by keeping a daily journal of your thoughts.

The great inventor Benjamin Franklin once said: "If you're not to be
forgotten when you're dead and rotten, either do things worth
writing about or write things worth reading about." This saying
must have been believed by many other great achievers in history
because most of them were prolific writers who kept track of their
thoughts and reflections in personal letters and journals.

Writing is a focused exercise for the mind and it helps you to
clarify the random thoughts which are going round in your mind
driving you crazy for most of the day. Begin to write these
thoughts down and write down the answers to questions such as
"What's the one thing that I want people to remember me for?" or
"What's the one thing that I want to accomplish before I die?". As
you ask yourself these questions and develop the skill of
understanding your own thought process and listening to the voice
of your heart, the answers will become clearer and more specific.

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Finding Your Life Purpose By Going After It

The great writer Jack London once said: "You can't wait for
inspiration to come to you, you must go after it with a club." The
same is true when it comes to finding your purpose, you have to
start feeding your mind with things and seeking out materials which
will help you to further understand your own desires. If you want
to do something with your life, you can bet that someone else has
either done it themselves or at least something similar.

So devote yourself to becoming an avid reader and researcher of the
things you're interested in, and in conjunction with your
journaling you'll eventually succeed finding your life purpose.

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