• Find Your Purpose In 2022


     

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    This is a time when many people take stock and make plans for the new year. It also helps to close off the old year, so if you haven’t done this yet, check out this ritual!
     

    You may have been here before. You set goals, and perhaps you successfully implemented them. But maybe you’re still missing the “big picture”, a kind of overarching sense of purpose that pulls your life together.
     

    Your mission is to learn how to find purpose in 2022 and gain a whole new level of happiness.
     
     

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    Task 1: How you don’t find purpose

     

    To learn how to go about discovering your purpose, it helps to know how not to go about it. I’m making this its own task because there’s so much bad advice floating around on the internet.
     

    First of all – as I’ve said before – your purpose is not something you do. It’s not a job or a particular work. No, a purpose is why you do what you do. Your purpose is linked to who you are at your core, and may be expressed by the work you do, but it is never that work itself.
     

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    Task 2: Find your purpose in 2022

     

    As you may have guessed, finding purpose requires a lot of soul searching. You need to dig deep and get to know your innermost motivations and values. Here are 3 ways in which to discover your purpose.

    1. Align every part of your life with your values. This includes work, lifestyle, and behaviour.
    2. Take a Coaching program. My signature program “The Magic of Purpose” includes all areas of your life, with a big emphasis on your passion(s) and on finding your purpose.
    3. Radically downsize your life and concentrate on your passion(s) this year. Focusing on joy is a guaranteed way of getting in touch with your purpose. One day you’ll simply know the Why.

     

  • A Ritual To Close Out The Year


     

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    Have you ever planned on changes for the coming year, and then a year or two down the line you realised that things have stayed the same? It’s happened to almost everyone.
     

    I’d like to offer you an alternative: A way to consciously close out the year, that’ll help you let go of what you’d like to leave behind, preserve what’s good and beautiful, and learn what you need to learn in order to make 2022 amazing.
     

    Your mission today is to prepare a little ritual to close out the year.
     
     

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    Task 1: Close out the year: The good and the bad

     

    The first thing to do is to create a safe, comfortable space for your ritual. Light a candle, maybe put on some soothing music. Get comfortable and take one or two deep, calming breaths.
     

    On a piece of paper, write down everything that didn’t go well in 2021. Also write down what you wish to let go of. Re-read the list, feel all the feelings associated with it. Then when you’re ready, tear up the list and throw it out or burn it.
     

    Then write down all the things that went well, on a separate piece of paper. Spend as much time as you wish on re-living these things. Place the paper next to your candle.
     

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    Task 2: The year ahead

     

    Now it’s time to take another deep breath and a third piece of paper. On it, write down things you’d like to do in 2022. Focus on things that bring you joy, that feel exciting.
     

    Also look over your list of good things in 2021 and include as much of it as you can. Then pick one step towards one of your goals, and take that step within the next 24 hours. Close off your ritual with a spoken affirmation, such as: “I work towards achieving these goals to the best of my ability and with the best intentions for everyone involved.”
     

    Then blow out the candle. Save your goals and review regularly throughout the year.
     

  • Are Your Dreams Really Your Own?


     

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    A major value in our modern society is individualism. Almost everyone will proudly proclaim that they’re their own person, free and independent of other people’s opinions.
     

    This narrative is so central to our culture that it’s hard for us to recognise and acknowledge to what extent we really are influenced by others. Your mission today is to find out what your dreams are like without anybody else’s influence.
     
     

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    Task 1: Examine your dreams

     

    To do this, you must first of all come to terms with the fact that yes, you are a product of the society you grew up in. Realise this isn’t a bad thing; humans need other humans to survive and thrive.
     

    Acknowledge this and realise which part of your dreams and goals may be influenced by society. This is not to eliminate them! It’s simply important to have clarity about the origins of what you wish for.
     

    Some examples of society’s norms and the goals based on them are:

    • Loving one’s family above everything else.
    • Finding your passion and making it your living.
    • Getting married and having kids.
    • Advancing in your job.
    • Material possessions such as a house, car etc.

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    Task 2: Navigate the unfamiliar

     

    Again, wanting these things isn’t a bad thing, nor does it make you uncool. To a certain extent, it’s part of being human. We’re social beings and much as our upbringing contradicts it, we do depend on the group to survive.
     

    Rather, once you realise you really do want something, it becomes unimportant whether anyone else wants it or not. You become sure of yourself. You feel calm, centered, purposeful.
     

    Finding your true dreams can feel very unfamiliar at first, so be patient with yourself! Here are a few questions you might ask to identify them:

    • If money was no object and everyone I love was perfectly taken care of, what would I do every day?
    • Where would I live?
    • Who would I live with, if anyone?
    • What passion(s) would I pursue?
    • How would I contribute to society?

    The answers give you clues on what truly meaningful goals might look like for you.

  • A Beautiful 2021 (Part 2/2)


     

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    In Part 1 two weeks ago, we reviewed and let go of the previous year. There was a lot to do, as it’s been such a weird and challenging year in many ways. Now it’s time to set ourselves up for 2021.
     

    Especially if you struggled in 2020, it’s not enough to just say “good riddance” because unprocessed feelings have a habit of coming to haunt us. May sure you have closed off 2020 before you get ready for the next year.
     

    Your mission today is to set yourself up for a beautiful 2021.
     
     

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    Task 1: What success means to you

     

    I said in the last episode that achievement isn’t just worldly or financial success. Getting through challenging times or battling issues is an achievment, too. We all have different challenges in life, which is why it’s imporant for you to define what success means to you.
     

    Material success isn’t a bad thing, by the way. Receiving lots of abundance is beautiful! What I’m saying is, it isn’t the only kind of success we should acknowledge.
     

    With a view to 2021, take a piece of paper and write down what success you wish to have. If it is “only” recovery health-wise or financially, or mentally, then that’s absolutely fine. Nobody gets to judge this.
     

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    Task 2: A beautiful 2021

     

    Now it’s time to get down to business. Write down everything you wish to do and achieve this year. Make it concrete: don’t write “more money” but instead a specific amount you wish to make.
     

    Then write down the first steps you need to take. You don’t have to plan out the whole thing, just focus on the first steps. If you’re struggling with your mental health, write down your coping strategies and support system. Make sure to create enough room for it. If you strive for material success, write down what you need to do first to make it happen.
     

    Lastly, plan and schedule when you’ll take the very first step towards your goals. Put it in your calendar and get started.

  • Closing Off 2020 (Part 1/2)


     

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    I can already hear you say: Good riddance! Let’s just get rid of 2020 and move on.” Others question whether I should do a review at all.
     

    I believe that it’s even more important in a challenging year like this one, to come to terms with it and close it off. That way, you can set yourself up for a beautiful 2021.
     

    As always, this process has two parts: The 2020 review today and setting yourself up for 2021 in two weeks’ time (early January). Your mission today is to close off 2020 for yourself.
     
     

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    Task 1: Define achievement

     

    On social media, I’ve seen people question the need for a review of 2020 altogether. “Don’t ask me for my achievements – even getting through this year is an achievement!” they say.
     

    My reply: Exactly.
     

    We need to stop looking only at material “success” in terms of money or jobs. Struggling with physical or mental health is an achievement. Getting to the end of a challenging year like 2020 is an achievement. Please keep this in mind when you do Task 2.
     

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    Task 2: Closing off 2020 – the year review

     

    It’s time for the actual review. Please set aside some time, get comfortable and get something to write. The process is:
     

    1. Write down what went well
    There were definitely a few good things this year as well! Write it all down. Also remember Task 1 and include the fact that you have got this far.
     

    2. Write down what didn’t go well
    Get it all on paper and be sure to feel the feelings associated with these things. Feel the pain, the anger, the mourning, the frustration.
     

    3. Let it go
    Once you’re done with the “feeling” part, take the 2nd piece of paper and either burn it (be safe though!) or tear it up and throw it into a flowing water like a river. Feel it all being washed away or going up in smoke.