Wow!! Look at the number 85, its amazing to think that so much of finding our life's purpose is looking inward. That means there is only a measly 15% left over from the 100% needed to live a purposeful life. It has been stated by Dan Pink that a great life happens when using your strengths and your understanding. As far as strengths go, they should be used 85% of the time. Funny how that 85% keeps popping up, well at least it wont be easily forgotten.
So here is a simple formula I recently picked up. This concept should be looked over and have more thought put into it as well. Your daily life will be impacted in a positive way if this process is put into action:
- Do what you are naturally best at 85% of the time
- Do things that you are able to do well 10% of the time.
- Focus on doing things you are weak at 5% of the time.
Too many times people focus on their weaknesses. When you spend most of your time trying to strengthen your weakness it can have a negative outcome. The negative outcome can be seen in a couple of different ways. One of the ways you will feel the impact is self doubt. You'll realize that no matter how hard you try you cant seem to overcome that certain area of weakness. If you cant overcome something so meager how can you excel in this or do great at that? You lose thought of how well you do the things your naturally good at and focus on what you cant do. This negative thought process can wreak havoc on your strengths.
So now you must ask yourself what your strengths are. If your curious about how to find your strengths, it may help to ask yourself a few basic questions.
- What things do I do well naturally?
- What gives me a sense of enjoyment?
- What did I do well as a child before my ego got involved?
- What type of things have I done because I like to do them?
Has there been any point in your life that you would hit the rewind button if you could? When thinking about that concept keep in mind that you really shouldn't just focus on the negative outcome of the particular situation. It is important to remember that you need to look for the good things in any bad situation. You need to use that negative situation in a way that you learn from your mistakes so you wont put yourself through the pain again. Think about how much wiser you have become because of those situations you have gone through. Think about all of the great advice you can pass on to others so they don't experience what you have. Find strength in your negative experiences as well.
Finally, put your ego aside. As Dr. Wayne Dyer states “Ego stands for Edge – God - Out” We all have natural God given abilities within us that we can be great at but we put them aside to serve our ego. Too many times we lose focus of why we were put on this earth. Our ego has its own motives whether it is a big house, a lot of money or even power. If you seek money all of your life you'll never have enough of it. However if you seek your life's purpose to the point that others cant distinguish your work from your play, that's when you'll know you are on the right track.
Profit from Purpose. You deserve it!