How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes

Is your life’s purpose connected to your business?

I’ve never done it quite like this…

“If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

“While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do. The more open you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you.

“Here’s what to do:

  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
  2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
  3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.” More on this from Steve Pavlina here.

He adds:

“For those who are very entrenched in low-awareness living, it will take a lot longer to get all the false answers out, possibly more than an hour. But if you persist, after 100 or 200 or maybe even 500 answers, you’ll be struck by the answer that causes you to surge with emotion, the answer that breaks you. If you’ve never done this, it may very well sound silly to you. So let it seem silly, and do it anyway.” More.

Low awareness living. Scary concept.

Is that why politicians can pull so much over on us? We WANT to believe that everything will be ok? Is that why big industrial food is still so big? We WANT to believe that junk food and white bread is ok to eat? Is that why we spend more than we earn? Until a the big wake-up call.

How many have slipped into low awareness living, and live on the hope that somehow, someone, somewhere, will save us?

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Kim Klaver


  • With all due respect, Kim, this is a hype hamburger. Discover your life purpose in 20 minutes? I don’t think so. This burger has no beef.

    I would think it would be important to know WHAT a purpose is and WHY it matters. Unless you understand that, just finding something that touches an emotional nerve is void of, well, purpose.

  • I believe if you click on the link Kim referenced, the first paragraph would describe the author’s definition of purpose –

    How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.

    I did the exercise and got some interesting results – expecially after I threw out all the “proper answers” (other’s ideas of why I’m here.)

  • Of course you won’t really “discover” your life’s purpose in 20 minutes just like that, out of the blue. I assume the author meant that if you are a person who’s been honestly searching for your life’s purpose long enough, maybe this 20′ exercise will help you clarify it, because, I think, most people, most of the time, we have our life’s purpose like up in a cloud… we know it’s there but we don’t know exactly where, and how it exactly looks like, and so not all of our actions are coherent with that clouded purpose, and so on. At least that’s my experience.

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