Life On Purpose: Six Passages to an Inspired Life
by Brad Swift
||May 31, 2007
Barnes & Noble.com
Life On Purpose Institute, Inc.
We’re not born knowing it, most people don’t understand it, many misidentify it, most don’t know how to determine it and the majority never find it — that is our life purpose — the most important question individuals must face and answer to achieve personal fulfillment and total health and wellness in all aspects of their lives.
Does the road to self-discovery really have to be so long and torturous? Not at all! Cut decades off the process and take a major shortcut on the road to clarifying your true purpose. Just follow the six steps, or “passages,” that he outlines—and infuse purpose into every aspect of your life.
The first how-to manual to take individuals from confusion to clarity about life’s greatest question, Life on Purpose: Six Passages to An Inspired Life (EliteBooks, 2007).
Hi, I'm Brad Swift, the author of Life On Purpose: Six Passages to an Inspired Life. Twenty years ago, I appeared successful from the outside, but inside, I was burned out, wracked with emotional pain, and ready to end it all—because I had lost my sense of purpose. But then I turned my life around to follow my true life calling—and in the process, invented this six-step method to determining one’s life purpose. I've since had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of clients who’ve gone on to clarify their own purpose.
Have you clarified your life’s purpose? Don’t wait until your whole life has slipped by! This book can help you make a profound difference with your life.
“Brad has created a simple and easy way to become crystal clear about your reason for being on this planet. Traveling the Purposeful Path is your road atlas to live a more purposeful, passionate and playful life.” -Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator, #1 New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®, and Co-author, The One Minute Millionaire
Life On Purpose: Six Passages to an Inspired Life includes:
Clear and simple ""Call to Action Assignments"" to help readers uncover their true passions and purposes.
Non-dogmatic philosophy and approach that are accessible to all readers, regardless of religion or past experience.
Ready to start on your journey to an "indescribably delicious" life on purpose?
"A gentle and heartfelt guide to the fundamentals of living a life rich in joy and contribution.Brad’s style is accessible and user-friendly, and his book a compendium of thought-provoking questions and deep convictions.” —Gregg Levoy, Author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life
What would it be like to understand your Divinely Inspired Life Purpose with crystal clarity? Right in this moment, you can begin to experience your life on purpose. Imagine that you know and are deeply in touch with your vision for what’s possible, like when you were a child just starting out on this bold adventure called life. Imagine also that you know and are deeply in touch with your core values—those intangibles that mean the most to you—and that you know and are deeply in touch with the essence of who you are. Finally, imagine that all of this is bound together and connected by the attractive power of Universal Love, your relationship with God or a higher power, and by your spiritual nature.
Reader Views "www.readerviews.com
There is a multitude of self-help books available today in bookstores, eBooks, and libraries, with new ideas published seemingly on a daily basis. At times, it appears that the public runs from book to book, hoping that the next new one will hold the "key to life," only to be disappointed and dismayed that it did not. In America there are many backrooms and attics full of self-help books that, in fact, did not help.
Dr. Brad Swift has written more than a self-help book. He has mapped out six passages through the mire of daily life that pummels everyone, out into a purposeful, useful, rewarding lifestyle. Unlike the illusive "Northwest Passage," "Life on Purpose: Six Passages to An Inspired Life" exists now and is a successful course through the larger landscape.
Founding the Life On Purpose Institute, Dr. Swift offers the six passages that make up the sections of his book:
1. Preparing for the Journey.
2. Starting on the Purposeful Path.
3. Uncovering What has Been Shaping Your Life.
4. Clarifying and Polishing Your True, divinely Inspired Purpose.
5. Learning the Tools for Living on Purpose
6. Mastering the Tools for Living on Purpose.
In addition to the six passages, the book contains more in its practical "Purposeful Toolbox": Purpose Practices, Purpose Prayers, Purpose Places, Purpose Projects, Life Purpose Coaching, Purpose Pods, Purpose Partners and others for regular use.
Many people think and talk about "finding their purpose in life" or "finding themselves," but Dr. Swift describes this process differently and puts a new perspective in place. Our purpose is not the job we were meant to do. Although we may all have a specific calling to do a job well-suited to us, thereby producing magnificent results, this is not our purpose. One's purpose is at once more singular and more general. For example, Dr. Swift's purpose is to "live an inspired and inspiring life of purposeful, passionate, and playful service; a life of mindful abundance balanced with simplicity; and a life of spiritual serenity." This purpose does not define a specific job, but it could be included in several positions including Buddhist monk, Franciscan brother, psychologist, mountaintop guru, musician, artist, comedian, librarian, circus performer, farmer, and many more, including Life On Purpose Institute's job position of Life Coach. The concept of purpose recalls Patch Adams and his institute in West Virginia, at which patients are first asked what excites them about life. Our purpose, then, is exciting to us and goes beyond the job, although that can be part of it. Purpose in ourselves is that which brings joy to both ourselves and to others, through us.
In studying vocational and health psychology, I once stated that work should not be punishment, even though it is a necessity for most of us. By using Dr. Swift's six passages and toolbox, I think that we can weave more joy into the workplace, even in work that we already enjoy doing. However, perhaps we need to change to another line of work. The six passages help us learn what our core values are, if we do not already know - and I think some people do not -- ask them what they would die for and they would probably say, "Nothing!" Life at all costs, even unhappy life. Not good. Our core values, a truly deep part of our character and personality, give us our larger overriding goals. These goals, then, help determine a life's work that brings results and accompanying joy.
People successfully using the six passages have stated that the result was like the alignment of the universe for their own nurturance and reward. As they began fulfilling their individual purposes, good things began to happen for themselves and for others that they met and served. There may be a time to stand and fight in a job position, even when no results or poor results are the only results. However, when the fight passes a certain level of difficulty and becomes "too hard," it may be time to turn toward another career direction, and the six passages can open onto the path to the most purposeful one of the best fit and results.
Along with Howard Gardner's works on multiple intelligences theory since 1983, and the many books and other tools available to use in examining one's vocational calling and skills, Dr. Swift's book, "Life on Purpose," should become part of any vocational or spiritual library.
Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
IFE ON PURPOSE; SIX PASSAGES TO AN INSPIRED LIFE is the first how-to book on how to clarify life's questions to life an inspired, fulfilling life. While this could've been featured in our Spirituality Shelf area, it's reviewed here for its overall visionary qualities and attention to generally living and perceiving a more enlightened lifestyle. Perfect for the general lending, new age or spirituality collections alike.
Penny Watkins "freelance writer"
Brad Swift's journey into living Life on Purpose took him from fatigue to fulfillment, from depression to delight, from the Good Life to a meaningful life. As a veterinarian-turned writer-turned life coach, Dr. Swift has experienced the transformation of purposeful living, and translated what he learned into a "systematic, spiritually based process for assisting people to clarify and live true to their life purpose."
Life on Purpose sits at the nexus of the recent flurry of books about purposeful living and the evolving coaching industry. It's basically a self-coaching manual for purposeful living. Swift looks at purposeful living as having more to do with who you are than what you do. Living purposefully is transformational because it changes who you are and how you relate to the world. Life on Purpose shows you how to make the journey.
Dr. Swift says that your purpose is "the context of your life that shapes what you do" and the things you do are "the ways in which you express your life purpose." When you don't know your purpose, you make decisions according to your default programming--your unconscious "inherited purpose," which is based on whatever people told you when you were a kid. When you do know your purpose, you make decisions that fulfill that purpose, and you experience joy, satisfaction and fulfillment.
You begin with a self-assessment of where you are now; how purposeful your current life is. Then Swift takes you through six passages that help you define your life purpose and begin to live it out. Along the way, he gives you exercises, assignments, tips, projects, examples and tools to help you on the journey.
You can read Life on Purpose superficially, and learn quite a bit about purposeful living. That's what I intended to do; learn about the whys and wherefores of finding my life purpose. Instead, I found myself engaging with the material, thinking about the questions and doing the assignments. And becoming clear about my own life purpose and how to live it out. The book is engaging enough to pull you into the process.
Dr. Swift draws you into a relationship with him and the book. His language is intimate and encouraging; you feel like he's there with you, coaching and helping you as surely as if he were speaking with you in person. He manages to translate the coaching relationship into written form, making it accessible for anyone who reads his book.
Life on Purpose is a practical, friendly, hands-on book for anybody who wants to live a more meaningful life.
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