PURPOSE Challenge: Week ONE
PURPOSE Challenge: Week ONE
Purpose is a reason to work hard and put your best foot forward. It brings joy and satisfaction, and gives life meaning. Living a purposeful life may just be the secret to living a great life. That is why it is interesting that so many of us are caught living on a hamster wheel, with little to no thought about what our purpose actually is.
Finding purpose often takes effort, and is not as simple as just finding purpose then executing on said purpose. The funny thing is that purpose tends to change as we grow. What is meaningful this year may not be next year. So not only do you need to have a method of finding purpose, you also need to continually evaluate that purpose, and course correct when necessary.
Like beauty, everyone has a different definition of purpose. There is no formula, Google search, or guru you can use to tell you what your purpose is – and that is exactly why it is so coveted. But don’t lose hope! You likely already know your purpose, and just need some help working through the depths of your mind to uncover it. So, this week we are introducing expressive writing to do just that. Though you are the only one who knows what you find meaningful, expressive writing will provide you with some structure around the process.
Expressive writing is a free-writing exercise that involves fixating on a single issue or topic, and writing for a set duration on that topic. The goal is to write whatever comes to mind, without judgement. For this reason, it is best to write with pen and paper to avoid giving into the temptation you will face to erase or delete words.
Our minds often already hold the answers to the most important questions about life, however overtime, we tend to build walls around those answers. We overcomplicate, and get lost in rumination and indecision. Expressive writing is a tool that can peel back those layers, exposing what you already know.
This week, all you need is a pen, paper, and a little time to free write about a single topic related to purpose, and life’s “big” questions. We have provided some prompts in the “How To” section below, so feel free to use those as a starting point. Chances are you will gain some clarity after just one expressive writing session, however the real benefits come overtime. So give this tool a try this week, and if you like it, keep it up and make purpose-seeking a habit!
Time Commitment: 10-20 minutes
It is important you set aside at least 10 minutes a day for this challenge. It will take some time to work through your thoughts, and if you don’t commit enough time to it, you likely won’t work through your thoughts deeply enough. This exercise is similar to mining for gold – you know there are nuggets there, but you need to do some digging for them.
The morning is an ideal time to do your expressive writing because your mind is a blank slate, and it can set you up for a productive, purposeful day ahead. If you currently have a morning routine, try tacking on expressive writing to the end of it. It is best to do after your meditation or breathwork, and is a good primer to use immediately before jumping into your day.
- Find a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted. Turn your phone off, and limit any unnecessary distractions.
- Consider a prompt in the form of a question to use as a starting point for your free writing. Prompts can be deep questions (i.e how am I feeling?), something you have been ruminating on (i.e why am I so anxious about work today?), personal traits that you want to work on (i.e how can I be more compassionate?), or any other question that is meaningful to you that day. If you need a helping hand, we have included some prompts below to help you start thinking about purpose.
- Start writing. Write whatever comes to mind without judgement or criticism. If you have nothing to say, write “I have nothing to say”. Eventually you will gain confidence with the practice, and will find that you actually have lots to say.
Prompts to help you get started:
- How am I feeling today?
- Am I excited to start the day?
- What is the best thing about my life right now?
- What am I proud of about myself?
- What makes me happy?
- What could I do better?
- Is there anything I want to do that I am not currently doing?
- What is one thing I want to do before I die?
- How do I want to be remembered?
- What are my passions?
- What are my skills?
Pairs Well With: STUNN AM
STUNN AM will provide a boost in mood, focus, and energy, setting you up for a meaningful expressive writing session.
You likely already know what your purpose is, but sometimes life can block it. Expressive writing will help uncover those answers, and will provide a method you can use to continually evaluate what brings meaning to your life. You’ve got this!
Next week we’ll take a look how to cultivate purpose through personal connections.
Transformation is journey oriented, where the process is arguably more impactful than any end result. Philosophically speaking, you could say the journey is the desired result… We can’t wait to get started on this journey, and hope you join us!
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