First of all, in the recent blog I have mentioned the Grimm fairy tale called “Stern Talers”. In this tale a poor and homeless orphaned girl with a goodhearted character meets several others along a journey through a forest (a hungry man, three cold children and one naked child) and shares her only belongings with these other poor creatures. As a consequence – and an indication from above – she is rewarded abundantly with talers falling from the sky, ending up as a rich girl.
The morale of this fairy tale is deeply humane and christian. So the question to you is: How and where could you be a good Samaritan and share a certain part of your wealth with others who are in need? Provide them with a bit of your own fortune and let yourself be transformed into a good person.
Being intentionally good to others has the energetic power of taking your life to a higher level.
Star Taler #1: Envisioning (“Where do I want to go?”)
Jack Nicklaus, widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, having won a record 18 career major championships, once said:
“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head.”
This is exactly the quality that I invite you to reinforce in your life from now on. Before making a great move create a mental picture of where you ideally will go to, what will be the final stage of your goal. Visualize this in the wildest colors and the nicest tunes you can come up with. And only then move on and do your first step towards your vision.
Star Taler #2: Self-awareness (“Who am I?”)
Buddha has once said: “We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves”.
Who am I? What drives me? What is important to me? Questions that you cannot escape and that you need to find answers for that deeply satisfy you. Unless those answers do not have a good quality your path to a successful life with purpose will still be rocky and difficult to travel.
Star Taler #3: Intrinsic motivation (“What drives me from within?”)
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something”.
This famous quote by the painfully missed Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple Inc. illustrates a crucial question for everyone of us. Why is it useful to get up in the morning?
Have you ever stayed in bed early being very sleepy and ill-humored and suddenly a burst of energy went through you thinking of an exciting project you might continue working on during the day?
This is exactly the quality I am talking of. What is so meaningful for you that it enables you to overcome significant obstacles and put a high amount of energy into an activity? You need to find out these qualities in your life in order to tap into your intrinsic motivation.
Star Taler #4: Uniqueness (“What makes me special?”)
Our lives are full of competition, here and there. Products, services, attention – from time to time we need to fight with others to win or to hold our ground. And to that there is an alternative way, that takes a lot of self-reflection (see above) and courage: to go the unique way. You may want to start by asking little questions like “What do I do different than many other people?”. For this question it is quite helpful to obtain feedback from others. You could ask for honest feedback with questions like: Which are the three adjectives that characterize me in distinction to all others? What is from your point of view my biggest asset or strength that I “bring to the table”? Whatever answers you will get to these questions, they will provide you with useful insights on how to live a more unique kind of life.
Invest in a few activities, some time and the people around you. Reflect your situation with a clear head and be rewarded – just like the poor girl – with star talers indicating that your life is full of meaning, purpose and happiness!
I know you can do this. I trust you.