Gain Clarity On Your Mission In Life By Asking Yourself This Question.

It’s funny, we put more candles on our birthday cake each year, but many people still tell me they’re not sure what their ultimate calling is.

I’m not talking about people exclusively in their twenties either. Some of the seasoned business executives I work with tell me they still haven’t figured it out. Sure their current job gives them some level of fulfillment, but most acknowledge there is something greater in life for them that they’d really like to spend their time on.

It just hasn’t hit them yet.

Lately I’ve been low-key obsessing over what my life’s purpose is, what i’m on this planet to do and how I really like to spend my time.

The one question I keep asking myself to push the envelope on this topic is:

“What do I have to offer this world?”

Think about it.

From the day we were born we’ve been doing 2 things:

  1. Collecting information
  2. Learning behaviors and skills

As we get older, go through schooling and accumulate experience in life, we begin to fill up a metaphorical bag of valuable human capital.

Every one of us have this metaphorical bag and no two people have the same items inside their bag. That’s what makes each person’s bag valuable.

So ask yourself, what’s in YOUR bag?

What experiences do you have to share that could benefit others?

What do people ask you for advice on?

What are the top qualities you have?

Collect the answers to these questions and like puzzle pieces, see what you can create when you out them together.

But..but…i’m not creative. Like not creative at all. I can’t even draw a stick figure.

No one is asking you to create a sculpture or draw a pretty picture. All you need to do is brainstorm and think about the answer these questions and see what comes to mind.

You may try this several times and get frustrated by the lack of ideas that show up.

But that’s normal.

You don’t become a body builder after spending 1 hour in the gym and your life’s purpose won’t be clear after thinking about it for 5 minutes.

Like consistently going to the gym and seeing results over time; consistently think about the answers to questions like this and try putting them together. Similar to the muscles you’ll develop, you’ll gain more and more clarity on your purpose.

One thing is certain, doing nothing will fail to create anything. Doing something can create anything.

Will you do something or nothing?

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-Danilo Vuk Capric

 

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Explore Your Life’s Purpose With This Easy Exercise.

I’m very thankful for the new people who have entered my sphere of influence in 2017.

Many of them have exceptionally bright minds.

One of those bright minds happens to lie within the cranium of my dear friend Aaron Cort. Aaron was a very impressive individual right off the bat as he was 20 years old and creating his own company (Neverpeakmedia.com) while finishing his Marketing degree. We even had the same morning routine, so there was a lot of common ground to stand on.

One of the gems Aaron dropped on me was the concept of carving out time to think about your vision. To explore your life mission and reflect on what brings you the greatest sense of purpose and fulfillment. He called it “Vision Development” and told me how he thinks about his vision on a weekly basis.

Since then, I’ve adopted the practice and spend the hours of 6pm-7pm EST every Wednesday in “Vision Development”.

The first thing I do in my vision Development time is meditate. I sit down in a comfortable position and for 10 minutes (at least), close my eyes, focusing all of my energy on the subject of my vision and purpose.

After the meditation, I grab my journal and jot down what came to mind during the meditation. Usually, the action of writing allows those fresh ideas to grow and become even more powerful as you fall into a state of flow, truly focused on your vision.

Think about the compounding effect of a practice like this. Every week you pick up where you left off and keep building, exploring and practicing. Until you get to a point of clarity where the actions you need to get started become clear.

Think about athletes for a second. They need to invest a lot of time into training in order to compete at a high level, right? The more time they spend training and working out, the stronger and faster they can become.

So naturally, the more time we invest in formulating our vision, the clearer it can get.

For me, this practice has provided the following:

  • A Main Idea
    • By having practiced this habit for 1.5 months (6 hours) I’ve gained clarity on the most important factor in my vision; which is to help people in some way or form.
    • Helping people is broad, so I focused on it more and through the exercise, I refined it to “supplying people with information to make positive change.”
  • A Road Map
    • understanding the big picture allows you to have the goal in mind. Once you have the goal, creation of a path to it is in your hands.
    • The current sessions I have are now about the road to my goal and exploring avenues for how I can attain it.
  • A Process to Follow
    • Our parents, teachers and mentors often ask us what we want to do in life. many of us say “I don’t know”. What they don’t ask is “what are you going to do to figure that out”? This is a practice you can adopt to start chipping away at that million dollar question.
    • It’s easy, repeatable and requires very little except for a chair and something to write in.

 

Let me be clear. This practice will not create a vision for you. What it will do is create an opportunity for your self to give this topic real attention and allow ideas to come to mind, that you can then explore further.

From there, the rest is in your hands.

How could you benefit from adopting a practice like this?

-Danilo Vuk Capric

 

How coffee inspired positive emotion within me.

This morning I was flipping through my journal and stumbled upon an older entry that was written this year on August 29th.

On this particular page was one of my most powerful memories.

Allow me to explain…

When I wrote that particular entry on August 29th it was one of the final days I had in my beautiful studio apartment in Downtown Boston. I was at my favorite coffee shop conveniently located about 30 steps across the street, Jaho coffee & wine bar. During those 5 months I lived downtown, I had spent a lot of time at Jaho doing the following:

-Drinking lots of coffee and espresso

-Meeting my very first friends in Boston

-Doing homework

-Taking girls out on first dates

-Reading in my spare time

Anyways, I ordered the usual Cinnamon Bliss coffee, one of their signature espresso drinks, made of Espresso, Cinnamon, Milk and Sugar. This drink is hands down the greatest caffeinated beverage I’ve experienced in my 25 years on the planet.

I was outdoors in the patio at the white tables on Washington Street, people watching. The sun made a soft appearance and began rising from behind the tall sky scrapers that surrounded me.

After about 3 minutes, my cinnamon bliss was placed on my table from one of the lovely Baristas.

I put down the book I was reading and held the cup in my hands. Its warmth brought a smile to my face.

The sun was now completely visible and caressed my face as I drew closer to take a sip.

Once the cinnamon bliss met my lips, I was consumed in an explosion of flavor. In other words, I was fully in cinnamon bliss. (Corny, I know)

I even closed my eyes for a second to fully experience the sensations of the moment. The sound of people walking and talking in the bustling city occupied the walls of my ears. In my sight was the bright sun, casting golden reflections on the buildings around me as birds zipped through the streets, looking for a quick snack.

The moment was so pleasant and filled me with positive emotion. Everything seemed to be just perfect, so I relished the feeling for as long as possible.

Taking in moments like these is something I learned how to do from Rick Hanson Ph.D.’s book, “Hardwiring Happiness”. The book teaches you an easy to follow method to transform positive experiences into permanent neural structures in the brain that you can call upon at any moment to combat negative feelings or just have an experience similar to the one I wrote about here.

By doing this over time, you can compile a positive memory bank, or arsenal, as I like to call it, of memories and experiences that you can call upon at any moment to help overcome negative thoughts, stress or anxiety.

It’s just a cup of coffee, but for me that memory is amongst the most powerful in my arsenal that continues to bring me joy to the point where I felt compelled to share it with the world.

How could you hardwire happiness into your life?

 

 

Thank you for reading! What feedback or questions do you have?

-Danilo Vuk Capric