“Therefore, my dear Lucilius, begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. He who has thus prepared himself, he whose daily life has been a rounded whole, is easy in his mind; but those who live for hope alone find that the immediate future always slips from their grasp and that greed steals along in its place, and the fear of death, a curse which lays a curse upon everything else.”
– LETTER 101 On the Futility of Planning Ahead
Tao of Seneca
Link to letters – https://tim.blog/2017/07/06/tao-of-seneca/
“The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.”
Create a Life Worth Living
I think having a purpose is crucial for determining what is important and what is not. Finding your purpose is also very important to finding meaning in life and creating your own happiness that is aligned with your own purpose. For example, if you know the car you want then you start seeing that car everywhere. Same goes for fulfilling your purpose, or goals, or anything that one can think of; one can make everything work for them. Defining what one wants is critical to a fulfilled life and filtering out all the chaos/distractions. This can also be used as an operating system for when you are tired, depressed, out of reality, your purpose will always be there to guide you in the right direction.
“You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what it is.”
– Tony Robbins
The book Peak Performance inspired me to create this post. I think to get the most out of finding your purpose activity below, I would suggest reading 12 Rules for Life, Principles, and Tao of Seneca first or at least get familiar with them so you can understand the message and apply them to your purpose for an optimal purpose.
“If you live according to nature, you will never be poor; if you live according to opinion, you will never be rich.” – Seneca
Thought leaders in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of Stoicism, and NFL management, coaches, and players (Patriots, Seahawks, etc.) alike have embraced it because the principles make them better competitors. If you study Seneca, you’ll be in good company. He was popular with the educated elite of the Greco-Roman Empire, but Thomas Jefferson also had Seneca on his bedside table. This philosophy is a no-nonsense system designed to produce dramatic real-world effects. Think of it as an ideal operating system for thriving in high-stress environments.
More on Philosophy and Stocisim
What would be advice to a smart kid in high school today?
Tim: I would say choose your friends wisely. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose your peer group wisely and if you can’t find the type of mentors that you’re looking for in person, find them through books and don’t be biased towards the latest and greatest. I think that you can certainly learn just as much, if not more, from Seneca and Benjamin Franklin by just reading their writings, as you can from the hot CEO of the moment
“You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
― Tim Ferriss
Enter Back Cj
These videos help understand why we need an operating system and purpose.
Rogan & Jordan Peterson on The Meaning of Life
“Find Your PURPOSE!” | Jordan B. Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) | #Entspresso
12 Rules for Life (Animated) – Jordan Peterson
Principles For Success by Ray Dalio (In 30 Minutes)
Enter Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness
From the book – Peak Performance
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THE POWER OF PURPOSE
While some may possess a self-transcending purpose, others may not. And the idea that one can simply come up with a self-transcending purpose out of thin air seems like a fool’s errand. But a self-transcending purpose doesn’t come from thin air. It comes from inside you. You just have to find it. University of Michigan professor Strecher has created a tool that helps individuals create their own self-transcending purposes based on their core values. Using Strecher’s step-by-step process, we came up with the following purpose for writing this book:
Help people discover how they can get the most out of themselves in a healthy and sustainable way, and prevent the next case of burnout, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness.
We’ve referenced this purpose throughout the process of writing this book and reflected upon it regularly, especially at times when we were discouraged, scared, or downright tired.
In the next chapter, we’ll walk you through the process of developing your own self-transcending purpose (and reaffirming it if you already have one), and then recommend some of the best ways that you can harness it.
But first, to reiterate the power of purpose, we’ll leave you with the following words from Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Victor Frankl:
By declaring that man is responsible and must actualize the potential meaning of his life, I wish to stress that the true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche, as though it were a closed system. I have termed this constitutive characteristic “the self-transcendence of human existence.” It denotes the fact that being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself—be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself. What is called self-actualization is not an attainable aim at all, for the simple reason that the more one would strive for it, the more he would miss it. In other words, self-actualization is possible only as a side-effect of self-transcendence.
DEVELOP YOUR PURPOSE
In this chapter, you’ll develop your purpose. 1 If you already have one, consider this an opportunity to fine-tune and reaffirm it. After homing in on your purpose, you’ll learn some simple ways to weave it into your day, ensuring that you live in alignment with it and harness its performance-enhancing power. But before we dive right in, it is important to dispel a few common misconceptions.
• You need not be religious, or even spiritual, to have a purpose.
• Purpose isn’t a mystical endeavor. As you are about to find out, the process of creating a purpose is based upon rational reflection.
• It’s okay to have more than one purpose. For example, in the previous chapter we shared with you our purpose for writing this book, but we also have additional purposes that apply to other areas of our lives.
• It’s also okay to have only one purpose. Some people have one purpose that cuts across everything they do. For example:
• To serve and honor my god by being the best person I can be every day. To bring positive energy to everything I do and to share that energy with everyone I interact with.
• To pause and reflect on how my actions (prior to acting) will impact others.
• No one is stopping you from having a self-centered purpose. But as you read in the previous chapter, self-transcending purposes not only make the world a better place, they also enhance your performance. So while it’s not a requirement, we encourage you to find ways to apply your strengths to something greater than yourself.
• Your purpose can change over time. As a matter of fact, it should! Perhaps the only constant in life is change. Revisit this process as often as you like.
Developing an initial draft of your purpose should take about 15 to 20 minutes, and we suggest doing it in one sitting. While we strongly recommend everyone go through this process, 2 if you are certain you’ve already honed your purpose, you can skip ahead to “ HARNESSING THE POWER OF YOUR PURPOSE ” where we discuss how you can best harness its performance-enhancing power.
SELECT YOUR CORE VALUES
Core values are your fundamental beliefs and guiding principles. They are the things that matter most to you, and they help dictate your behavior and actions. Select up to five core values from the list that follows. This list isn’t comprehensive, so if something comes to mind that you don’t see here, go ahead and use it.
• Achievement • Commitment • Community • Consistency • Courage • Creativity
• Education • Efficiency • Enjoyment • Enthusiasm • Expertise • Honesty
• Independence • Inspiration • Kindness • Loyalty • Motivation • Optimism
• Positivity • Pragmatism • Relationships • Responsibility
• Security • Self-control • Spirituality • Tradition • Reliability • Reputation • Vitality
For example, when developing our purpose for writing this book we selected the following core values:
• Community • Creativity • Enjoyment • Expertise • Relationships
PERSONALIZE YOUR CORE VALUES
For each core value that you selected, write a sentence or two that “customizes” it, making it more personal to you. Here is how we customized the core values underlying our decision to write this book:
• Community: Help readers get more out of themselves and enjoy the process of doing so.
• Creativity: Unify disparate ideas from across domains in a way that is meaningful and insightful.
• Enjoyment: Have fun! We love to learn, and we love the challenge of communicating, so we should keep that in mind and relish in it! If we enjoy the process of writing, we’re likely to do a better job at it.
• Expertise: Gain knowledge in a subject area that we are both passionate about: health and human performance. Apply what we learn in our own lives and share this knowledge with readers so they, too, can apply it in theirs.
• Relationships: Take advantage of this opportunity to develop relationships with interesting people whom we can continue to interact with and learn from, well beyond the process of writing this book.
RANK YOUR CORE VALUES
Here comes the hard part. Now that you’ve personalized your core values, rank them, with the first being the most deeply held value (i.e., the most important). For example, our ranking looks like this:
WRITE YOUR PURPOSE STATEMENT
Congratulations. You’ve selected and reflected upon your core values. Now you are primed to write your purpose statement. Your purpose statement should reflect your customized core values and should be anywhere from one to three sentences. Here are a few examples:
• Help people discover how they can get the most out of themselves in a healthy and sustainable way, and prevent the next case of burnout, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness.
• Be ready for someone when they need me—because I’ve had so much help and love from other people when I needed them!
• Give the children in my school a clean building. • Study and understand nature, then give this knowledge to others.
• Be more engaged with my partner.
• Be the best athlete that I can be so that others are inspired to push their own limits.
• Make beautiful art that makes people smile, cry, connect to one another, and connect to the earth.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF YOUR PURPOSE
We hope that you found the process for developing a purpose as valuable as we did. It’s okay if you aren’t certain that you came up with the perfect purpose. As a matter of fact, even if you feel like you did, we encourage you to revisit your purpose (and the process that led you to it) the next time you pick up this book. Refinement is always encouraged, especially early on. Soon enough, however, you should feel comfortable that your purpose is accurate—that is to say, it reflects who you are and what you believe in. Now it’s time to put your purpose to use.
Write down your purpose and strategically stick it in places where you are likely to need a boost. This way, when the going gets tough, your purpose is right there to remind you why you are working so hard. As we discussed in the previous chapter, research shows that reflecting on your core values and purpose literally changes your brain in ways conducive to overcoming fear and increasing motivation and grit. Even if you only glance at your purpose for a split second, perhaps not even fully processing it, simply having it within your visual field can help. Studies show that non-conscious visual cues (i.e., those that we don’t fully process) can alter the perception of effort, making something that is objectively hard feel easier. And as we mentioned in the previous chapter, consciously engaging with your purpose, even for just a few seconds, can have profound effects on your brain and subsequent motivation.
Create Your Own Purpose
Make Your Own
Now it’s time to put everything together. Since it is important to have a visual cue of your purpose to increase motivation; there are a few ways to create your own poster of your purpose.
Canva is a great way to put your purpose into a nice graphic format.
Link – https://www.canva.com/
Then you can customize your own poster board through my website or Printful or even buy mine if you like it haha.
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