Finding your life purpose (which I explain is the real secret for living a happy and successful life) isn’t always easy. It can take some time and effort to discover. However, by working through the steps set out in this book you can discover and live out your unique purpose in life. Each chapter has various exercises, some that open up new possibilities, others helping you gain more clarity and focus. By the end of the book you should reach a point where you have a newly clarified purpose, a plan to follow and be prepared to overcome the challenges that you may face on your journey forwards. Chapters include:
Introduction: Why Finding Your Life Purpose Will Make You Happy and Successful
Step 1: See Life Afresh – Gain a new perspective
Step 2: Do Something Worthwhile – Work out what’s important to you
Step 3: Tune Into Your Soul – Listen to your inner guidance system
Step 4: Wake Up To Your Dreams – Explore your hidden hopes
Step 5: Play To Your Strengths – Make the most of your skills and abilities
Step 6: Plan Your Way Forward – Re-align your life with your purpose
Step 7: Prepare For Success – Navigate change and overcome obstacles
Afterword: Living Every Day in Pursuit of Your Purpose
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I believe in doing something worthwhile with my life during the short amount of time I have on this planet. Therefore it makes sense to me to write practical, purposeful self-help books. I know there’s more money to be made in writing fiction but to me life is more than just trying to acquire wealth, it’s about adding value to the lives of others.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write what you’re passionate about. Don’t cut corners and skimp on quality. Be prepared to face days when you feel like giving up – but stick at it and you’ll get there in the end. Writing your book is one thing, getting people to buy it is another. Be ready to invest time in marketing your book. If you can find an agent and a good advance then consider it by all means. However, if you go the self-publishing route (like an increasing number of people are doing) then expect to invest time into building your author platform, or money in PR and advertising, or both.
Mervyn Smallwood is a coach, trainer, speaker and writer who helps others make more of their lives. His journey of discovery led him to explore many philosophies, religions and much contemporary thinking. Along the way he has supported many hundreds of people working closely with them as a life coach, business coach and church minister. He wrote this book to pass on what he has learned through his 30 years of research and practice.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve invested a huge amount of time over the past thirty years into exploring life and what makes it purposeful for people. Some say you should “write the book you’d want to read”. I guess that’s what I’ve done. I’ve read many books on the subject of life, meaning and purpose but didn’t find one that provided a structured way to help people find and live out their purpose in a way that made sense to me. So, over the past few years I’ve pulled together my thinking and experience of working with and helping others and captured it in this book. My hope is that others will be helped through reading and applying what they learn, resulting in many more living more purposeful, successful and happy lives.