Life Hack Number 4- Find Duty, Devotion and Purpose
Use these practices to create a foundation for a vital, rich and fulfilling life. Think of these as a feedback loop that reminds us of what is most important to us. In doing so we are also acknowledging that we have the skills to keep us tracking that very thing. When we do this we are learning to bring conscious awareness to our actions. If this sounds a little strange then consider that we are navigating each day with mostly unconscious behavior patterns. Actually, not an entirely negative thing as our skills need to become a mostly unconscious operation for us to achieve a level of excellence.
The question to consider here is, "Are these unconscious patterns productive or non-productive in relation to my intended result?" When we view our patterns in this fashion we remove the emotional component. Then we can objectively see the source and begin to align our actions with our intention- (the intended result).
Understanding these components in turn helps us identify our relationship to this process and it's associated friction. This friction is a normal component of the change process often labeled as resistance and truth be told most of us are not fans of change. Now let's look at the components Duty, Devotion and Purpose and their interplay.
Duty- This is a strong word whose first association is often service to our country. In this case I am suggesting we expand the meaning to encompass family, community and self. Placing yourself first is not selfish or greedy it's necessary and healthy. How can we align ourselves with that most important thing while excluding ourselves? That wouldn't make sense would it?
Devotion- Love, loyalty or enthusiasm for a person or cause, also religious observance or prayers. I see this embodied as consistent action over time aligned with our clear intention or most important thing. This most important thing will likely change over time, though the act of devotion will always serve us. Devotion, a daily practice that brings conscious awareness to our actions is an act of self- love.
Purpose- This is what gives meaning to our actions. It is this reminder of what is important that moves us past the resistance inherent in the change process.
These three practices when aligned with our intention, work together to awaken us out of our unconscious patterns and we begin to create the vital life that we desire.
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.