Hello life lovers!
To explore the meaning of our lives can be challenging, yet it has been found to have an enormous impact on people’s wellbeing. It is not in the brightest of our years that we find our true happiness, but in the impact that we bring into the world.
However, sometimes it can be difficult to find out what we’re here for, and even more challenging to act concordantly. But: there are some clues that enable us to act in alignment with our values. Four factors have been found to constitute meaning, and help us in goal setting and goal achieving: Purpose, Understanding, Responsibility, and Enjoyment.
The PURE Intervention Strategy (Wong, 2012)
In life, we do not always have the power to change circumstances, but we always have the choice of how we react to these circumstances. Similarly, we have the power to build our lives according to our values.
In order to be successful in this, we need to act with awareness. Life is always a result of the choices that we have made. So, the next time, you are unsure about how to go on, ask yourself the following questions:
1) Purpose: “What purpose does this serve?” If it doesn’t serve any useful function, then don’t proceed.
2) Understanding: “What matters to me in life? Does my decision support what matters to me?”
3) Responsibility: “Am I choosing the easy way, or am I choosing the right way? Do I take the full responsibility for my decisions?”
4) Enjoyment: “Is there something in it, or an outcome, that brings me enjoyment?”
In my opinion, it is really helpful to be clear about what we want (to give) in life. If we dare to act proactively, rather than reacting to our ‘destiny’, we determine how good our lives are.
Which tool(s) do you already use when it comes to hard decisions?
Sending you hugs, you go girl/man! ♥