I know that feeling ...
That feeling like you're meant for something more.
That feeling that there's greatness trapped inside of you.
That feeling like you're Going to Explode if you don't start doing something important with your life.
You see, we're not normal. Normal is sitting on the couch and watching TV, all the time.
We're the UNreasonable!
We're the ones that Yearn for something better!
We're the ones that are needed to move the world forward!
And if we are on this Earth for something more than work and TV, then ...
What is our purpose in life?
And does it EVEN MATTER?! Won't we have a happy life without a life goal?
A recently released 40 year ground-breaking study by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shows us the true power of living our bucket list life.
After studying Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, a pattern showed itself ...
Those WITHOUT a challenging life goal rarely recovered.
They descended into depression, poor health and even suicide.
Those WITH a challenging life goal ...
were able to recover themselves and lead a relatively normal life.
They literally had something to live for.
Study after study confirms the same conclusion.
People with a strong purpose, with a focus,
Live longer, happier and healthier lives.
Mihaly also found what he calls the Secret to Happiness.
When people focused their skills on their challenging goal, they would often enter a state he termed FLOW
Flow is that mental state of being "completely involved in an activity for its own sake.
The ego falls away.
Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.
Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost.”
Mihaly's research shows that finding a challenging life goal that calls heavily on your skills is the secret to having a happy life.
A boat with no destination will never get anywhere.
"But HOW do I find it?!"
Good question ...
Some people are born to their purpose. They naturally know what they should do with their lives.
But most, need help figuring it all out.
Luckily, some really smart people have been working on it for us.
If you want to see the smartest people in the world talking about their greatest ideas,
go to TED.com
Sir Ken Robinson has the most viewed video on TED... By a lot!
He's laid out a roadmap for finding your Element.
He defines the Element as where your natural strengths join up with the things you love to do.
He's documented how living in your Element brings you a Better, Happier, more Successful Life.
So first step to finding your Element is, ...
Find your Strengths!
I just used StrengthsFinder 2.0.
Pretty impressed, I must say. Here’s a look at my 5 biggest strengths.
Here are some more resources to help you find your Strengths:
Second step to finding your Element, ...
Find your passion!
Is it important to do what you love?
Yeah, pretty much crucial.
The number ONE REGRET of people on their deathbed is this ...
"I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Don't die with that regret! Find the True You and start living more of your passions today!
The Element teaches us in order to live a great life we need to find the place where our natural strengths combine with the things we love.
But what if our Element is too easy to be fulfilling?
I may LOVE to write poems and have true skills, but if I only write one poem a month to my pet, my passion is lacking challenge and therefore easily quelled.
Flow teaches us the secret to happiness is open to us when we highly challenge our best skills.
But what if I don't like my Flow?
I might be really good at Accounting and tax season would be challenging for me, but if I HATE working with numbers and need human interaction to be happy, then my Flow would be a bummer.
Flow and the Element match up very nicely though to complete the picture for us. Strengths and Skills are much the same thing, so ...
By combining the two powerful ideas, we arrive at a wonderful place.
My favorite place in the world...
So to live a happy, wonderful, fulfilled life ...
Start with your natural Strengths/Skills,
Add what you Love to do,
Then, make it Challenging!
The intersection of all three is where you'll find your Bucket List Bliss!
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Here are some more resources that I hope help!