“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius, 479 BCE, Lu, China
Now that you have your purpose statement in hand, it is time to use it! As with every morning in the 21-Day Challenge, please complete your Morning Purpose Ritual, and re-write your purpose statement.
Perfect Day Exercise
To deepen the effect of your purpose statement, you’re going to plan a perfect day using it. The goal of this exercise is to expand the possibility of what your life of purpose could look like and to create an emotional attachment to a tangible hour-by-hour experience of your life of purpose. By completing this exercise, you’ll have a better idea of what a fully aligned life of purpose looks and feels in every key area of your life (career, health, relationships, home, play, spirituality, self-expression, community). As a result, you will find yourself with a deeper confidence that your ideal life and a fully engaged purposeful life is a possibility.
For the sake of simplicity, this exercise includes 16 intentionally crafted 1 hour blocks of time that allow you to live fully, in accordance with your life’s purpose. Just as with the Purpose Triangle Exercise, you’re going to imagine that you no longer have any “have-tos”, all your bills are paid, your bank account is fatter than ever, nobody needs anything from you and all your relationships are in good standing. This creates a perfect blank canvas for you to fill with your life’s purpose. You’ll create each hour of this perfect day, imagining the activities you’re performing, who you are with and what it feels like to engage in these activities.
There should be some element of realism, wherein you attend to self-care, food and fitness (ideally in a fun, connected, creative and/or spiritual fashion - e.g. hike, yoga, sports, making a meal, eating out), but whether or not you choose to make your perfect day economically productive, is entirely up to you. If purposeful work is most important to you, consider imagining what a short, fun, powerful, abundant and productive work day would look like. If self-expression, nature, community and/or spirituality is most important to you, consider imagining your ideal play day. Be clear on which one of these days is most important for you to create. Ask yourself, “which kind of ideal day most serves my purpose?”
Your activities need not take the whole hour or only one hour. You can stretch an activity, e.g. a hike, a round of golf or a meal across the time blocks, but be sure to note how the feeling experience would shift over this time.
All you’ll need is your journal and a pen. Please make 4 columns with these headings (Time, Activity, Who you are with), How you feel)and begin with the first time a block that feels right. Sleeping in could be part of your ideal day, as could be an early start. Once you’re finished with that hour, draw a line and move down the page until you have each of the 16 hours imagined and accounted for, including who you are with and how it feels.
Time | Activity | Who You Are With | How you feel
Congratulations! You are much closer to your fully aligned life of purpose! This is the direction you are heading over the next 19 days of the Challenge. This is the life you came here to get and create for yourself. This is the treasure map, your “X” marks the spot. In the next couple of weeks, you’ll gain the skills to actually start to live this ideal life, making achievable and practical shifts from your current typical day to this perfect day, over the course of the coming weeks and months.
Feel free to incorporate a brief meditation on this exercise as part of your Morning Purpose Ritual if you are so inspired.
We have a bonus video from one of our featured teachers, Alex Iglecia, on embodying your life’s purpose. Alex will show you a powerful exercise to root your purpose in your tissues!