Life On Purpose Institute, Inc.

Purposeful Report The Power of Purpose Projects to Shape & Enhance Your Life
by Dr. W. Bradford Swift Founder, Life On Purpose Institute Life On Purpose Certified Coach http://www.lifeonpurpose.com brad@lifeonpurpose.com

© 2008 - 11 W. Bradford Swift and Porpoise Publishing, All rights reserved.
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Before You Begin
This is part of a series of Purposeful Reports created with the intention of enhancing the quality of your life. I encourage you to read this material in the same manner you would listen to a life purpose coach. Stay open and listen with a ‘beginner’s mind’ approach, while you also read for the powerful nuggets that can contribute to your life. Remember, the formula for true growth and development:

Insights (nuggets of gold) + Action Growth and Development

=

True

Pan as much gold as possible from this report and then take action on it to integrate it into your life. These Purposeful Reports are built on a foundation of the Life On Purpose Process. While you may receive value from the Purposeful Reports without having experienced the Life On Purpose Process, you will glean much more from these reports having completed the process of clarifying your life purpose and your inherited purpose. To learn more about the Life On Purpose Process and the various ways to travel along the Purposeful Path to your personal life on purpose, go to: http://www.lifeonpurpose.com

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The Power of Purpose Projects to Shape & Enhance Your Life
During the last class of our advance Path of Mastery Program one of the participants shared how powerful working on her Purpose Project for the past 6 months had been in shaping and enhancing her life. It was an ah-ha moment for me as well, since I realized that I've taken that fact for granted, in part because creating Purpose Projects have become a way of life for Ann and me over the past 13 years. Purpose Projects: The Bridge Between the Nonphysical and the Physical So, what is a Purpose Project and how do they add a quality to life that is often missing in simply having a goal to work on? Well, I think the main distinguishing feature is that Purpose Projects come from and are an expression of your true Self -- your life purpose and who you are as a spiritual being. Like goals, Purpose Projects start as an idea -- a combination of thoughts and feelings, and are therefore part of the nonphysical part of the Cosmos. However, a Purpose Project thoughts and feelings arise from the very essence of who one is as a spiritual being -- from that place of Universal Love and Unity, from that experience of abundance where you're able to stay in the flow of life. Of course, like a goal, if that's where your Purpose Project stays, then they have little effect in shaping your life, but when you really get in touch with a passion-filled Purpose Project idea, you're inspired to take action, and when you start taking action, you move the Purpose Project from the nonphysical to the physical realm of life. One Example of a Purpose Project Shaping Life Life On Purpose Institute is a major Purpose Project for both Ann and me. Even though we have different life purposes, we both find ourselves greatly empowered to express those purposes through our efforts at Life On Purpose Institute.
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This is another distinguishing feature of most Purpose Projects, especially the ones that will grow and flourish in the world -- other people can 'find themselves' empowered to express their own life purpose. How to Tap into the Life Shaping Power of Purpose Projects At this point you may be asking yourself, "But what if I don't know my life purpose? Does that mean I can't create a Purpose Project?" Well, yes and no. I won't lie, it's far easier to create powerful and lifeenhancing Purpose Project the clearer you are about your life purpose. At the same time, there is a way to get started and at least get a taste for what's possible. Start with this question, taken from the Prime Your Passion exercise found in the Life On Purpose Process: If time, money, energy and talent were unlimited what would I do and WHO WOULD I BE that would serve the world, my loved ones and myself? Ok, I've expanded on the question a little bit to make it more powerful and purposeful. Ponder, journal and ask others, especially Divine Source this questions and be willing to be delighted and surprised where it leads. Then use, the Life Purpose Project Page that follows to begin to create a powerful and empowering passion-filled project.

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Life Purpose Project Page
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. –Patanjali, Indian philosopher

Life Purpose: Start your Purpose Project Page by stating your Created Life Purpose. As you do so, allow yourself to be present to the greatness, awe, and wonder of the life purpose, and of yourself as you live true to this purpose. This will assist you in maintaining a strong connection between your life purpose and your Purpose Project. Project Name: Create a catchy, empowering project name that will capture some of the zip and inspiration of your life purpose. If one doesn't come readily to mind, continue on with the Project Page and come back to this later. Oftentimes, the project name will come to you in the process of creating the project. Project Vision: This next part is vitally important. You are about to take a trip to the future by envisioning how your Purpose Project looks upon completion. Paint a verbal picture of what the project looks like, as well as what it will feel like upon its completion. Imagine that your project took off "beyond your wildest dreams.” How has it contributed to your life, to your loved ones, and to the rest of the world? What has your soul experienced as this project was being fulfilled? What have the other people who have been a part of the project experienced? How has it touched their lives? Remember, do not just look to see what it is like at the completion of the project, but also at each step along the way. Make the project real with specifics. How many people have been involved, who are they, what results did you produce, and so on? Remember to step into the future. You are not standing in the present and looking towards the future. You are standing in the future with the project completed and sharing what it is like. Current Reality: As you continue to stand in the future with the project successfully completed, look back to the current reality regarding this project. Take a few minutes to describe what the current reality looks like to you from the future—from the place where your Purpose Project has been completed beyond your wildest dreams. What does it feel like? What obstacles or roadblocks do you see that you have moved beyond? These could be physical, mental, or emotional roadblocks. Where did your Inherited Purpose come into play to try and stop you in 5 Life On Purpose Institute, Inc. PO. Box 834 Flat Rock NC 28731 www.lifeonpurpose.com

its effort to keep you and it safe, and how did you pivot beyond it? Remember, you are looking back from when the project has been successfully completed. From this perspective, you will be able to see the successful resolution of these apparent obstacles more readily. Be Prepared to Release: As you grow in your expression of your Created Life Purpose, there will be components of your Inherited Purpose need to be released to make room for the new you. List any fears, limiting beliefs, or lack of consciousness that you are prepared to release to make room for the fulfillment of this project. You can continue to add to this list as you work on the project. Resources to Attract: What resources will you need to fulfill this project? Of course, more things may come up as you are working on the project, but start now to attract those resources you know you will need by writing them down. Targets/End Results: A Purpose Project bridges the gap between the visionary aspect of a life purpose and the real world of distance, time, and form. In other words, a Purpose Project has certain results that are measurable, just like each game has a way to keep score. Depending on the size of the project, you may have interim targets or milestones as well as the ultimate result. But it is the result that makes the project real in the physical world. We will look at a special way to relate to this result when we explore the distinction of Purposeful Play. Write it All Down: Write down the actions that you need to take to move forward on the project, as well as the target completion dates. Add to this area as you move along in the project. Review your Purpose Project Page weekly to keep the purpose and the possibility alive for you. Contributing and being of service to others is inherent in the expression of your life purpose. It will greatly enhance your experience of living true to your purpose if you are aware of who you are contributing to through this project and how. So, keep a list of people who have benefited from your project, and what contribution was made to their life. You can create a separate page for this area and add to it on a regular basis. Also, by sharing this with your coach, you can keep this important part of the project in existence. Whenever you feel a bit down or off purpose, pull out this page and read over the difference you have already made. It is sure to boost you back on purpose. On the next page you will find a blank Purpose Project Page to use as a template for creating your own projects.

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Life Purpose Project Page
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. –Patanjali, Indian philosopher
LIFE PURPOSE:

PROJECT NAME:

PROJECT VISION:

CURRENT REALITY:

WHAT YOU ARE PREPARED TO RELEASE:

RESOURCES TO ATTRACT: TARGETS/END RESULTS: NEXT COMMITTED ACTION(S): DATE:

People Who Have Benefited From This Project
PERSON: C ONTRIBUTION MADE:

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NOTE: Portions of this report were excerpted from Life On Purpose: Six Passages to an Inspired Life, an award winning finalist in the Self-Help: Motivational division of the Best Books 2007 Awards sponsored by USA News, available online at: http://lifeonpurpose.com/books

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