Growth

Contemplation of Four plus One Actions to Fulfill Purpose

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Currently I have four main forms of action, which I would like to increase in my every day and weekly life:

Energy, in order to have more energy and use in a more focused manner.

Creativity, creating something new. In my case this is primarily writing, hopefully soon more refined forms too!

Connection, or so called primary research. It is the action of seeking new or deepening existing thoughts through human connection.

Study is the desktop research part which I am engaged most of the time when I don’t have material for creation, or chances to connect.

Systemic problem as a human there Is that, our time and energy are limited. We can only hope to achieve a little bit better performance through incremental improvements.

Past few years, I’ve documented my life quite well. From which I can recollect that my strength certainly has been in management of time and energy. However, what has got far less attention has been the action to increase the size of energy pool. The Power of Full Engagement book by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz seems to suggest that the physical energy determinates the base for other action as well. So taking the big idea from there and starting to work towards fitness and finding the sweet spot. I am just having an educated guess, that there is a sweet spot for this action as well, since I believe as an avid ex-gamer that the law of diminishing returns applies here as well.

Energy is the key to get any action done and I want to get as much action done as possible, because I feel that it is only action that one can manifest purpose. So I connected the idea of energy to purpose. And my idea from purpose solidified by a masterpiece called Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl.

At the end of each day lived with purpose, stands fulfillment. Fulfillment comes from good management of available energy as well as work towards to optimize the potential energy.

Another concept called quality is quite related to the concept of purpose and energy. That’s because good quality information, helps us to manage energy better and therefore fulfill the purpose better. Some of the most useful information might be behind some very serious study thought. If the book is a recollection of studies from completely different scientific field, it requires serious effort to get it sunk in. At least for an average Joe like me. Therefore repetition is required.

Human mind is amazing and has huge potential. However, by default it has rose colored lenses prepared just for you. Unless you are prepared to take serious mental effort to challenge some of your own thinking, you are not going to achieve your full potential.

Okay enough about you. Back to me and my shortcomings, to use as an example.

So I have to this amazing book by Daniel Kahneman, called Thinking Fast and Slow. In the cover it says that it is written by Nobel Prize winner and there are all these huge names praising the book… Yet it has been quickly flicked through few times and read from beginning until page sixty or something. Today I decide to take a chance at it and start to read. Just after few pages I already hit into a quite breakthrough thought. It is not breakthrough because of what’s written, but because I JUST HEARD ABOUT THIS STUFF on radio. Jari Sarasvuo is an author and business man, who serves public in Finnish national radio every Monday. I was listening the cast on the other day and he was talking about these exactly same things, using the same examples. Of course I knew that, because I’ve attended Jari’s lectures before and he refers to Kahneman quite often. My breakthrough thought was however that instead of letting Kahneman’s books to collect on a shelf for many months, I could’ve made that knowledge my own with a few days of effort. I know I could’ve done that, yet I have not.

By studying it is possible to tap into the thoughts of best thinkers of all times. Is there any higher quality than this? I would say probably yes. Active dialogue can reach quite high levels by feeling. Then I’ve also read about this concept of perceptual knowledge in Buddhist context. Perceptual knowledge, as far as I can describe it, is seeing things as they are: breaking the rose-eyed glasses and awakening to the state called enlightenment.

With all this thinking and writing, I feel fulfilled. Yet, I feel there is one more item, I need to add to my list: meditation.

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