What gives me meaning and purpose is an important issue to address

What gives me meaning and purpose? I meet many who ask this and feel dissatisfied with what currently seems to be in their life or sense there’s something missing. Not everybody has this as a driver in their lives, but it is a significant factor.The absense of meaning can be a big cause of frustration and discontent. Humans, it is said, are meaning-making beings. We make interpretations, we fit things into a scheme, we connect things to our beliefs and values, we link what happens to our likes and preferences, we look to get value from what we do, and … Read more

How to have self confidence when you don’t know where you are going

Bit difficult, not knowing where you’re going, or what you are about, and still have confidence in your endeavours! It’s a bit of a “chicken-and-egg” question, which comes first? Yet the question of how to have self confidence when things aren’t clear offers important opportunities for insight into your creative potential. When starting out on a new project, whatever that is, it’s well known that it helps to get clear what your vision and purpose is. Your vision would be some description of the end result and what it will feel and look like. The vision needs to match your … Read more

Are you not achieving what you really want?

The word “total success” produces all sorts of reactions in people. There are those for whom it is the sine qua non of their value system, for others the final fling of the capitalist system bankrupted by the recession desperately trying to cling to beliefs past their sell-by date. Yet being successful has a much broader meaning than the money and career value usually given to it. To feel that sense of completion, that sense of fulfilment, that sense that I have got to where I want to get to, that all feels right in my life, as I perceive … Read more

Where are you going with your life that gives you meaning?

A theme that I hear a lot concerns the “prevailing gloom” in our society at present, ascribed as it is to the still-ongoing recession. Despite brief attempted “fixes” like the Olympics or the Jubilee here in the UK this undercurrent seems to run and run. We can get brief “fixes” from all sorts of directions, entertainment, eating and drinking among them, but when there’s an underlying malaise the problem doesn’t necessarily go away unless we deal with what’s causing it. Not surprisingly with another economic downturn, there’s lots of change happening and motivation at work has fallen. A brief respite … Read more

Athletes too can lose their sense of purpose

It’s not just the spectators who feel a drop in spirits after the Olympics. Athletes do too. The post-games depression is a very real occurrence that many sports lovers will know well. There you are, for two weeks absorbed in what might be for you the best sporting event in ages, caught up in all the drama, sharing in the emotion, rejoicing when your stars win, it can become almost a life of its own. And it brings people together and we all feel the collective joy of a particular success by some sportsperson. Just think of the enormous cheering … Read more

Adversity might be teaching you your true life purpose

When we’re faced with adversity, it can seem we’re really caught up in it and that is all there is, like that is how our life is. These are times when we can disconnect from our life purpose, or need to establish one, and thus have some focus in the background to return to. The point here is that when we’re up against it, we think that that is all there is, when it is really just a perception, albeit a hard one. We think that what we’re absorbed with is our reality. Yet, when we let go of it, … Read more

Create vision and purpose that empowers you

It’s a very important question, if you are serious about it, but one many duck away from. Vision and purpose are usually topics left to corporate circles, except that they are also ones that concern people in their own lives too. Not everybody of course is turned on by such matters and there are those for example for whom life is more about who they are with and the lifestyle they lead, to give two contrasting examples. Yet today people are increasingly looking for meaning, what they want to get from their lives, living and fulfilling their dream, and accomplishing … Read more

Mid life crisis is a very creative time

What is often referred to as a “mid life crisis”, usually in semi-mocking or apologetic terms, is actually a very real experience for very many people. How well the occurence is embraced and how well people work through it can have fundamental and long-lasting results. There’s a tendency in people’s thinking that life will continue very much as it is at present. We tend to not pay attention to subtle changes that are going on, whereby life is actually changing over the long term. Thus we tend to think very much in terms of life being as we have experienced … Read more

Having courage to follow your passion

A guest blog by Robin Wyatt, humanitarian, environment and travel photographer I often write in this blog about the courage it takes in personal development, especially when you choose to follow your passion. So I thought it might be useful to read this. What follows was posted by Robin Wyatt, first for the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) I recently wrote a guest blog post for an organisation I’m a proud member of, the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP). Its title was ‘Reflections on following one’s passion: My first 15 months in humanitarian photography’. You can either read it … Read more

Suddenly waking up to the fact that you’re getting older

People come to significant change points at different times in their lives. For some it is when they past 30, others it’s 40 and that can feel like a major milestone. However you hear less perhaps of those passing 50 or 60, or later. Issues can arise around these age-related milestones that for one reason or another tilt one to re-evaluating one’s life and perhaps to tackling what is getting in the way for them. What can often drive concern over what one is doing and what one is achieving is a hidden sense that time is running out. It’s … Read more