Inspiration:

Finding Your Purpose in Life

Finding Your Purpose in Life Should Initially Be Your Purpose in Life.

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. The later will reveal your purpose in life. If that day hasn’t come yet, you must pursue it with all your energy, or else you will never be able to live your life to its fullest and truly be happy. That’s because the day you find out why you were born is the day that will forever shape your life, for good.

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The Answer to the Question of Why You Were Born is Most Likely Located on the Other Side of Your Fears

You’re purpose in life is the same as your greatest dream. If you don’t know what your greatest dream is, if you’re not able to shout it out at random with vigor from the deepest depths of your soul, it’s most likely hidden on the other side of your fears. So part of discovering why you were born will involve confronting your fears, and you might even have to confront your greatest fears. My greatest fear was expiring by a long fall. Since confronting it with paragliding, I have literally “flown” out of that fear, so to speak. For the record fear is defined impart as “whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.”

…and you might even have to confront your greatest fears.

Dissecting Your Fears

Finding Your Purpose in Life - Paraglider LaunchIn order to be a paraglider pilot and do it successfully, I had to first dissect and then face my fears, repeatedly. Once they were subdued by dissection and confronted, I found out that I could be a great paraglider pilot. Being a commercial pilot in my daily life though, you wouldn’t think I had a fear of heights. Well, I don’t. I have a fear of falling. To my death. In fact, you could take it one step further and say that I have a fear of impacts, although a more lengthy digression on dissection of  fear at this point is beyond the scope of this article. I’ll reiterate what I learned though in dissecting my own fear: It’s not the height, it’s not the fall, it’s the impact; And although seemingly minor in verbiage, it’s very important distinction in paragliding. It allows me to accept the possibility of having to throw a reserve parachute with a calm mind using the time I have before reaching the ground. Dissecting fear with reason involves patience, investigation, and due diligence on your part, but the outcome can greatly alter your life.

Dissecting fear with reason involves patience, investigation, and due diligence on your part, but the outcome can greatly alter your life.

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Confronting Your Fears

Finding Your Purpose in Life - Paraglider Wing Laid OutOnce I was aware of what I was actually afraid of, only then could I proceed forward and face it with a rational mind. Thinking it through helped me to see, and not just with my eyes. You have to see with your mind. This involves breaking down what the true cause of your fear is which will most likely reduce it. I had a silly notion that my paragliding gear would somehow break either on its own or from bad weather, resulting in me to falling to my death. Through careful dissection though, I wound up with a lot of questions involving gear, integrity and climate. Diligent research answered every one of these questions and I was surprised to find out how much my fear had been diminished in the process. So can yours.

Once armed with this new attitude, I proceeded back to the paramotor field to attempt flight a second time. I managed to get myself airborne with a fraction of the fear from before. Hence, the confrontation was much less difficult than the dissection was, which is quite ironic. The result is that today I pursue my greatest dream (flying like a bird), on an almost daily basis, with a lot of confidence in my skills. So can you.

You have to see with your mind.

Trusting Yourself

In order to confront your fears, you have to trust yourself. You are your own biggest fan and worst critique. Trusting yourself involves shutting down your negative emotions and learning to lean on the rational part of your mind. Make this a habit and you will be well on your way to finding out the real reason you were born.

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