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Why meaning matters – and how to move forward: an interview with Dan Cumberland

I was thrilled to be able to speak to Dan Cumberland last week. 

Dan has made it his life’s work to connect people with a sense of purpose and meaning in the life they lead. He is the founder of the Meaning Movement web site and the Fearless February initiative, and creator of the Calling Course. He is a coach and author whose work about meaning and purpose has been featured in Fast Company and Entrepreneur Magazine. He’s also an entrepreneur and runs his own photography firm.

In this interview Dan shares valuable insights for moving forward on your journey of meaning. Check out the full video below - or, if you are short on time, jump straight to the 5 highlights I describe in this post.

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Finding your passion: 5 questions if you don’t feel passionate about anything

What if you are out of goals and passions? What if you don’t have a cause that stirs your heart?

This is a question a couple of people have raised recently, and it’s an important one because it can get us into a funk. As one friend said, “I feel in a ‘no-man’s land’ with no purpose. It’s not a good place to be”.

My goal with Purposeful People is to set your soul on fire with clarity around the cause and the contribution that you are called to, and help you live to the fullest. But without a sense of passion, of conviction, the whole process can break down.

So here are 5 questions to ask yourself for finding your passion in life when you don’t feel strongly about anything. Continue reading

Four mental barriers that narrow our life options

There are times when life brings so many options, so many possibilities that it can be hard to choose or even narrow them down. Other times we suffer the opposite: not enough possibilities that really seem attractive and so we can feel trapped in our situation.

Very often we keep doing what we are doing due to a lack of compelling alternatives. Here are four mental barriers that limit us from living into all the possibilities that are open to us. Continue reading

A more productive sort of midlife crisis!

Wouldn’t it be terrible to spend our life climbing the ladder, only to realise at the end that we had placed it on the wrong wall?

It’s all so easy to get on autopilot and lose sight of what really matters.

I see it in myself. I see it in many of my friends. Around the age of 40 – might be earlier, might be later – questions of ‘where I am going’ arise.

Some may laugh it off as a midlife crisis. Even music-streaming service Spotify has the data to show midlife crisis will occur at precisely 42 years! Other research suggests it is normal to experience a dip in life satisfaction that rights itself after a few years.

But no, it’s not a midlife crisis. There’s no sports car or ‘younger model’ in sight!

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A quick hack to find your life purpose and mission

How do you find your personal life purpose? Your life mission? Here is a quick hack that should bring focus to this often-perplexing question.

In a previous article we looked at the three layers of calling. You may remember we found the final layer is that of life purpose, of your personal mission.

However, thinking about your life mission is one of those scary-big-and-seemingly-impossible-to-unravel topics. Sometimes thinking about it can be paralysing. So I’ve been giving some thought to a “quick hack” that can get us something close to what our mission might be. Continue reading

Which of the 3 layers of calling have you forgotten?

What would you say if someone asked you “so, what is your calling?” It’s a difficult question, I know. Many of us might stumble. But my guess is that whatever you say, your response will only partially answer the question.  Because to understand your calling you need to think about multiple layers.  Here’s a quick guide.

Three very different views about calling

I have three friends (names have been changed) who are serious about living with purpose and yet Continue reading

What if I don’t have the time to think about big life questions?

When we are super-busy, thinking about a broader sense of direction in our lives can feel a frivolity.  It’s probably a good idea but just something we don’t have time for right now.

We are so often over-scheduled and over-committed and barely have time to think about next month, let alone next season or next year. We’ve all been there – finding we spent more time last year planning our vacation than our career, or more time on social media than in calm reflection, or whatever.

However this attitude could be disastrous.  Here is why and how to move forward.
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Where are you on the ‘Path To Purpose’?

What does the journey to finding your calling and a more meaningful life look like? Where are you on the journey?  Read on to learn about the steps on the path, and get a sense of what your next steps should be.

So you want to avoid drifting through life and make a difference on the things that are truly important? To make any kind of major transition we need some kind of map, some set of guide posts for the journey.  In this post I want to set out six stages that I have seen people move through as they learn to refocus on what matters.  Indeed, I have been on the journey myself.

Read them and spot where you are, and where the next step lies. Continue reading

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