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5 Actionable Ways To Find Your Life Purpose

5 Actionable Ways To Find Your Life Purpose

The best ways to prepare and manage your life moving forward is knowing what your purpose is. We all have a dream purpose – a footballer, an entrepreneur, a TV star – but what is your genuine purpose? The one that is most likely to be the thing that you do with the rest of your life? To work this out, you need to identify some key factors along the way. To move along the right path, you need to know how to identify this purpose so that you can start building towards making that purpose a genuine part of your life for years to come.

1. What Excites You Most?

We all need to do something in our lives that we feel comfortable, happy and confident about. For many of us this can be a sport or even a musical thing; what you need to do is just find the things in life that excite you most. Look into what makes you feel passionate and see how likely it is that you could one day work within this industry. This might just be your purpose in life as we are usually destined to work with something that we truly love and believe in – and why should you be any different? The best example of this tends to be sports stars and musicians but it can be anything from a games designer to a farmer. Whatever excites you most in life is likely to be your calling card!

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2. Childhood Memories

A great way to work out what you should be doing with your life is what you did as a child. Personally, I loved going on large field trips and this eventually led me to working in a job as a tour guide for a large piece of local land. Getting to see this big hill that I used to run up all the time, and now having the opportunity to show a new generation the same thing, was an incredibly enjoyable experience for me. It was the most fun I have ever had when talking about things like employment and what my purpose in life was.

3. Survey Your lifestyle

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Do you spend much time going around in circles and dealing with various problems? Then you need to look at your lifestyle and see why. Something in there is too chaotic and it could be what is stopping you from finding your calling and being able to give yourself the kind of kick start in life that you deserve. Look at the way you live right down to what you eat, what you do for a hobby, who you hang around, even where you shop. Something in here could be the clue that you need to find the next level of personal growth.

4. Create a List

The best way to start preparing and studying your calling in this world is to create a list along the way. It will help you break through some conventional problems and will probably help you get used to what makes you feel busy, yet happy. Look around for these little features as building up this list could be just what you need to start making a significant set of changes in the future. It just takes time and a bit of investigation – what you are destined to do in this world won’t just jump out at you!

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5. KISS!

Have you ever heard of “Keep it simple, stupid?” Well, in this case, that is what we want to do. Avoiding these problems is vital to the long-term prosperity that you seek and the easiest way to find that would be to keep things simple. Don’t look for some overly complex life goal like “Being a God” or “Starting a new Civilization”!

Look at realistic goals that match well with your lifestyle, your learning ability, your overall confidence and the general way that you think about situations. It will be far more beneficial to you in the long run, helping you get the help that you need in finding your own purpose in life. Whether it is like my own, a tour guide who loves the outdoors, or you are destined to program something special, is up to you!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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