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Meaning and Purpose

Meaning and Purpose

 

Happy New Year!
Meaning and Purpose: Personal Mission Statement

 “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Frankl

This is the fourth part of a five- part series of blogs about what is meant by finding a sense of meaning and purpose in one’s life. The first article looked at the importance of finding ways to uncover a sense of awe, perhaps through experiencing nature (both first hand or by watching nature videos) and how research has shown that a sense of awe can make us feel more connected to others and make us behave more benevolently towards others. The second article looked at the work of Viktor Frankl who was able to find meaning even in the misery and brutality of a WW2 concentration camp.

The third article showed you how to start to write your own Mission Statement, a simple process that can help you to discover your true mission and purpose in life, based on an exercise contained in the recently published book Forward Focussed Trauma Therapy by J Eric Gentry. If you haven’t competed the first part of this exercise, click here:

So , going back to your previous writings, again take some time out for yourself, make a cup of tea or coffee and settle down with paper and pen 🙂

Now: Spend 1 minute on each of the 10 “fill in” sentence fragments below to begin to articulate the key elements of your mission statement:

It is my mission:

To live……

To work….

To continue…

To love…

To be…

To become…

To believe…

To promote…

To strive…

To seek…

Now read over all you have written so far, and using these new insights, write your own personal mission statement………………………………

(Final blog in this series next week!)

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