Martha Beck has been dubbed by USA Today as “the best-known life coach in the country.”
She has an interesting theory and strategy for finding our life purposes. She suggests we do a better job of listening to our bodies.
In an interview in SUCCESS Magazine she says, “The mechanism by which you find your purpose is born into you, and it expresses itself through emotion.”
The practice she suggests is this: Make a list of the things you want to do or believe you need to do. Then, go down the list slowly and as you read each goal or activity be aware of how your body reacts. The goals that move you closer to your purpose will prompt a sense of joy or a physical feeling of freedom. Activities that move you farther away from your true purpose will have an opposite reaction. You may feel withdrawn or physically weak.
I love her simple direction of, “it’s a game of ‘getting warmer, getting colder.’”
A short list of want-to-do’s and ought-to-do’s will show you the truth in Beck’s strategy.
Try it. I did. Writing this blog made me feel warmer. There are a couple of things on my To-Do List that give me a chill.