Why Study This Mantra...
You will learn how to apply everything you've learned and all the skills and motivations you have toward a problem that's bigger than yourself. This will set you up for your spiritual awakening!
"He who has a why can bear any how."
– Viktor Frankl
Now that you know who you are and what you want, and you've established a connection and compassion for the world, you're ready for your most important step – the step into something larger than yourself.
This month, you will find your purpose. You will learn to spend the rest of your life dancing with it. This month, you will go forth on your most glorious journey!
Before you begin...
Before you start these practices and challenges, take a moment to rate yourself on this mantra. Give yourself a score from 1-10 (10 being the highest).
Do this again at the end of a month of practices and challenges. How much have you grown?
Live My Purpose
Today's affirmation: "How could I possibly do anything other than fully dedicate myself to my purpose?"
Today I will focus on living my life's calling. I will live larger than me. I will humbly offer my genius to the world. I will apply it to something big and important... Bigger and more important than me! I will remind myself, this is the work that I must do.
Find & Live Your Purpose
If you already know what that thing is – that big problem – that thing that you want to spend your life on – that thing you want to dedicate yourself to, then we hope by now, you're already working on it. If you're not, now's the time. Plot your course toward your north star. This month is your month. Seize the day.
If you don't know what that is, this is your month to figure it out. Use the prompts in your journal to guide you through this.
Once you've gone through the exercise and you've determined your purpose, reconcile that back to your work and how you spend your time. How far off are you? Why have you made the choices you've made? Does this make you want to change your answer? Rinse and repeat. If you're not sure, sit with this for a while. This is an important one. Try it on in different contexts. Beat it up. This will be the drumbeat you march to for the rest of your life.
You likely won't have to make major changes to your life. You're likely there already... or close... to a life that lets you live this purpose. All you have to do is start living life through your purpose's lens.
Are you worried about the problem being too big for you to make a meaningful difference? What if, for example, you wished to save humanity from a deadly disease? If you save just one life, is it worth it? Of course. Think about what the consequences would be if you do nothing, or if you fail. Then be stubbornly optimistic. Give your meaning life. Take action infused with meaning. Stay laser focused. Approach the problem with love.
You can do this.
Find My Purpose
Your goal is to identify what gives your life purpose, what makes your life feel like it makes sense, what makes you feel like your life matters and you are worthwhile. There is tremendous value in this.
The trick is knowing what truly motivates you. It can't simply be personal achievement, nor your family, nor your community. It must resonate with your values. Your soul.
You don't have to be religious to get this one right. If you completed Richard Nelson Bolles's What Color Is Your Parachute, then you've already filled in this sentence: "I want there to be more ___________ in the world because I was here."
What goes there for you? Don't think about it. Instead, feel it. Is it something for the senses, like beauty or music? Something for the body, like fitness or caring for the weak? Possessions, like inventions or gifts? Justice or morality? Love or compassion? Entertainment? Helping protect the Earth? Faith? Truth or knowledge? Is it a particular relationship? Pick one. Think about why that's your answer. Write a short paragraph about it.
If you're still looking for more, reflect on what you already do – what you gravitate to – for guidance. Why do you do those things? What is it about it at the deepest level? There is likely good reason for your behavior.
To quote Viktor Frankl, "Meaning doesn't just get gifted to you. You must find it. You don't do this by sitting and doing nothing. You do it by doing. By living your life, and moving toward the activities that call to you. Then, reflect back on those activities and ask yourself, 'What is it about them that draws me in?'"
You need to find your proximate cause. Break down what you think you want into the smallest, most abstract bits. You don’t want to be a doctor, you want to give people hope when hope is lost.
Finally, revisit your views and strengths from Compass, your values from Real, your declaration from Pledge, and your story from Write Your Own Story. What's the theme?
For a definitive look at this month's mantras and practices, including what philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and scientists throughout history have thought, taught, and advocated, click below.