It didn't take me too long to realize that teaching and making a positive impact in people's life through Martial Arts practice is my true purpose. Now, It can take a bit of work to uncover the truth, but it’s within you. It’s waiting to be unearthed and utilized. Living a life that’s congruent with your purpose will allow you to start each day with a smile, hope, and a plan. It’s a tool for connecting with something meaningful outside yourself. Everyone has a different “why”. The trick is to determine the “why” that fits your values and talents. If your life is in a rut, discovering your life purpose is the first step to a life filled with passion and contentment.
“The purpose of life is to live it,
to taste experience to the utmost,
to reach out eagerly and without fear
for newer and richer experience.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
1. What are your greatest regrets? Which missed opportunities do you regret the most? Is there a skill you wish you had started learning years ago? What decisions would you change if given a second chance?
‣ What career would choose if you could go back in time and be 18 years old again? Is it really too late now?
2. Who inspires you the most? Think about the people that fill you with feelings of respect and admiration.
‣ What is it about them that inspires you? Could you incorporate some of these same qualities in yourself? Could you live a similar life?
3. What are your natural talents? In what areas have you always excelled? Do you understand complex ideas? Is it your social skills? Are you musically talented? Are you compassionate and considerate?
‣ While you can learn to be good at anything, you can save a lot of time if you’re able to put your natural abilities to work. Imagine the progress you’d make after 10 years of effort using your natural abilities rather than starting from scratch.
‣ If you believe that you were born with a particular purpose, it only makes sense that the necessary talents would be provided to you, too.
4. What makes you feel good about yourself? If you could spend most of your time doing things that make you feel great, your life would be pretty wonderful!
5. If you had to teach a subject, what would you choose? It’s only enjoyable to teach subjects that you like. The subject you’d like to teach is a good candidate for your life purpose.
6. In what areas do people ask you for help? Most of us wouldn’t ask a homeless person for stock tips. We ask people for advice that we believe have a level of expertise higher than our own.
‣ Do others constantly ask you for relationship advice?
‣ Do people ask you about spiritual matters?
7. Imagine you’re 80-years old. What memories do you want to have? Imagine you’re sitting on your front porch swing. What would you like to claim as your past? What type of relationships would you like to have experienced? What do you want to have accomplished?
‣ How can you make this ideal past become your present?
You now have a good idea of your life purpose. The next step is determining how to incorporate the knowledge into your life. Ideas are the easy part. It’s the implementation.
“As the struggle for survival has subsided, the question has
emerged: survival for what? Ever more people have the
means to live, but no meaning to live for.”
- Viktor E. Fra
George C Hristescu
George C Hristescu is a Taekwondo 7th degree Black Belt , a member of the executive council of World Taekwondo Pan America, currently the president of USA Taekwondo Oregon and the Chief Master Instructor and founder of US World Class Taekwondo Bethany.