A New Purpose

Feeling flat? No motivation? Care factor?

Zero.

Maybe you need a new purpose in life. Yes. A new purpose. So, what’s wrong with the old one?

There’s nothing wrong with your original purpose. You’ve simply outgrown it.
This is because your purpose is dynamic, not static. Your life purpose is not meant to be set in concrete.

You have a unique reason for being, and according to Viktor Frankl, creator of logotherapy, your reason for being may change many times throughout the course of your life. It happens gradually, so you may not have noticed that your purpose has changed as it morphs into something else. You’ll know this is happening if you simply feel off centre, or worse, if you feel lost or empty.

Fulfilling your purpose is an alchemical process. You’re always in the process of turning lead into gold, so the path to your purpose is in constant flux and therefore subject to transformation.

Living your purpose is your existential fuel for a meaningful life. Adapting to an ever-changing purpose requires focus and perseverance. You need to be mindful of your purpose, but even more so, to hold your focus in the here and now.

Garcia and Miralles (2016) warn that hyper-intention, that is, paying excessive attention to a desire, can keep it from being fulfilled in the same way that too much worry can manifest the very thing you don’t want.

To overcome this, you need to focus on what you need to do to get to where you need to be. This will keep you present. Going with the flow of a dynamic purpose can foster resilience. Whereas, if you’ve been overly attached to a life purpose that’s in the midst of transforming itself, then you may feel hollow or disoriented. If you’ve over-identified with only one form of your life purpose, then you may feel like you don’t know who you are anymore.

Feelings of emptiness, frustration and anxiety may be signs that you need to renew your meaning in life. When you update your purpose, and accept it as your destiny, your new found passion for life can help you to be more creative, productive and resilient, allowing you to overcome difficulties with much less stress and far more ease.

Reference

Garcia, H & Miralles, F 2016, Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life, Hutchinson, London.

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