How to Discover the Meaning of Life in Less than 20 Minutes

Have you ever seen the movie City Slickers?

Remember when Curly, the rugged cowboy, shares the meaning of life with Billy Crystal?

He tells him it’s “one thing” and holds up his index finger.

Billy Crystal says, “The meaning of life is your finger?”

Finding meaning in life can be mysterious and elusive – especially if Curly is your teacher. But it doesn’t have to be.

I’m going to share a simple exercise – the Peak Experience Exercise, to be specific – that will lead you to that insight. I’m confident that it works because I’ve seen it create “aha!” moments for numerous clients.

And as a bonus, I’ll write a one sentence purpose statement for you – you’ll just have to fill in two blanks.

Check out this 4 minute video…

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Now that you’ve watched that video, I’ve got a special bonus for my email subscribers.

I’ve developed a Purpose Statement Workbook that will help you walk through the exercises covered in this video. To get access to this workbook simply sign up for email updates below this article.

Alright peeps. Let me know what you thought of this video training in the comments.

Note: I first encountered this framework for identifying purpose – which I have since adapted a bit – from the good folks at Coaches Training Institute. If you’re interested in coaching I highly recommend that you check them out.

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13 thoughts on “How to Discover the Meaning of Life in Less than 20 Minutes

  1. 1 – I thought of 3 things:

    A- When I created a database for a local Library’s volunteer arm.
    B- When i am creating lesson plans for my literacy pupil.

    C- After the 1st (and 2nd) Trivia Night that I orchestrated for my local library to raise funds.

    people always ask me for my Technological Skills.

    I am easy going approachable and i say yes when possible.

    I want my friends and family to say I believe in them and encourage them.

    My end result:
    I am the positive change that moves things forward.

    What about you Ryan? Are you going to post how you worked out this exercise in a future post?

    Best video yet, thanks. Also thanks for pointing out CTI, I’ve been researching ICF and other coaching avenues to get me started, this looks like a good option to add to my list.

    Have a rockin night.

    -Nathan Hans

    • Wow! This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing your process. My mission for this site is to help young people launch lives that matter. As far as my one sentence purpose statement… good idea to share it in a future post ;)

  2. Ryan,

    I am older than your target audience according to your purpose statement but let me encourage you not to draw too small a box around who you think you can impact.

    I have just ended a season of giving my time and talent in serving others in a very fulfilling ministry. While others my age are moving into retirement I am now seeking new opportunities to use my gifting, Passion and purpose to find fulfilling work that can provide for my wife and I in our senior years.

    As a life long learner I want to thank you for the tools to re-examine and re-vision for my next adventure.