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Can that living change everything?
I know someone who truly believes that purpose is the key.
Dr. Victor Strecher knows.
When he lost his daughter to a rare heart disease at age 19, he made it his life mission to find purpose, and help others do the same.
This life event challenged every aspect of his personal and professional experience, and drove him to an exhaustive search from ancient philosophy to cutting edge science to pinpoint the potential and impact of purpose in our lives.
He claims that purpose can:
- Add Years to your life
- Reduce risk of heart attack and stroke
- Cut risk of Alzheimers by more than half
- Help us relax during the day and sleep better at night
- Double the chances of staying drug and alcohol-free after treatment
- Activate antibody and antiviral response and diminish inflammatory cells
- Increase good cholesterol Repair chromosomes
In “Life On Purpose” Dr. Strecher has a six-step guide to help you discover your purpose in life.
1.) CONSIDER WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU. Choose the top three you care about most in your life. Achievement…Community…Creativity…Enjoyment…Expertise…Independence…Kindness…Relationships…Reputation…Responsibility…Security…Self-Control…Spirituality…Tradition…Vitality - - Once you have selected them, spend time thinking about or write why each value is important to you.
2.) THINK ABOUT THE PERSON OR PEOPLE YOU’D LIKE TO EMULATE (NOT IMITATE). Someone in your family? An historical figure? A public figure? A cartoon character? This is your purpose and you can choose whatever mix of people you like. Just remember, you are who you choose to be, so be careful who you choose.
3.) TAKE THE HEADSTONE TEST. That’s right. Draw a headstone, write your name on it, then write your date of birth. For the date of death, write TODAY. What would your epitaph be? What would you want people to say about you at your memorial service?
4.) NOW THAT YOU’VE PRIMED THE PUMP, ASK YOURSELF. WHAT ARE THE GOALS IN MY LIFE THAT MATTER MOST?” To make it easier, you might want to break these into personal, family, work (or school), and community goals that you deeply value.
5.) ASSEMBLE THESE VALUED GOALS INTO AN OVERALL LIFE PURPOSE. This is where you want to stop and ask yourself, “Is this purpose bigger than myself?” Ask yourself this simple, timeless question” “In living toward this purpose, will I treat others the way I would like to be treated?” Make sure the suit fits.
6.) WEAR THE SUIT. Post your purpose in a place you will see it every day. Make sure you can recite your purpose to yourself or others. Consider sharing your purpose with the people who are close to you. If the purpose doesn’t fit, change it until it does.
So many of us are focused on diet and exercise. Dr. Strecher ptovides us with the true secret to living with health and wellness. The good Doc is an award-winning pioneer in the field of behavioral science and Professor at the University of Michigan School of Health.
You can check out his website at www.VictorStrecher.com.
“Life on Prupose” tells us how living for what matters most…really does CHANGE EVERYTHING!
From the files of Mary Jane Popp at KAHI Radio in Sacramento, California
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