6 Purposeful things…(a Mid Lifer’s Bible)


Often we hear about finding “Your Life’s Purpose”. People will seemingly go on a quest to identify what their Life Purpose is. Many upon reaching their mid life years have a sense that there is “something more” to life than what they have experienced so far. I did. You may feel the same.

I have found that concentrating on achieving purposeful things is a far greater contribution to myself….. and to others. I’ve listed six that I believe are worthy. There are obviously many more…you no doubt, will have some of your own. In plain english and in no particular order:

Do things that you enjoy… and I mean do them regularly. Make the majority of your time enjoyable (the reality is that it is rarely all the time but work toward this). Work, play…the whole box and dice. Aim for enjoyment. Throw yourself in 100%. Extract all the joy that you can. Fellow Mid Lifers, time gets away if you let it. Play the game with enjoyment in mind.

Focus/Be mindful… the word “focus” may seem off putting to some. It can feel regimented, top heavy or over bearing. Being mindful is a ‘softer’ version of focus… I feel that it’s more user friendly. I do use the term focus quite often so forgive me however I will introduce being mindful more often.

When we are mindful of what’s going on around us and within us, then we are in a position to make better decisions. We can feel alive now, this moment and we can then act accordingly making decisions that feel right and are purposeful.

Know where you are going OR start working it out… having a sense of where you are heading in Life means that you mainly spend time on the things that will get you there. Distractions are therefore limited. Time is spent enriching your Life experiences. You can step out with confidence. Distractions will occur, that’s part of Life. However when your direction is set you will get back on track quickly. You control the flow. So know where you are heading in Life…develop the picture that you want.

Share Yourself and care about what you do … Make an impact on and for yourself, in your local community and wider community. Give freely. Things rarely happen solely due to one person’s efforts. Therefore, sharing your skills and your self, impacts on others…..and it’s great Karma.

Do it Now for the right reasons… a recent event really brought this home to me. If you know that there is something important to be done, don’t put it off or push it aside until later. Schedule it and do it! Especially when it will assist another. Clear action brings results…Positive ones. Doing it Now will free yourself to living more moments in time free of unnecessary clutter. Free your mind, get the job done. Adopt a do it now attitude for the truly important things in your Life.

Teach your children well… your children will “pass on the baton” so to speak.  Be a mentor, a Life guide for your children so that they have a solid base from which to make their own decisions as they grow into adulthood. It’s harder to find a better feeling than seeing your children grow and prosper.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. What purposeful things do you have scheduled in your life?

Be good to yourself


Life Coach. Listener. Life Lover.

I also write at personalpower4me.wordpress.com


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  • Hiten January 18, 2013, 11:28 am

    Hi David,

    This was a fantastic post with some great advice on living life.

    I really appreciated the point you made about finding joy and really extracting as much joy as we can out of what we do.

    One purposeful thing I have planned is to do more service for my family.

    • David Stevens January 18, 2013, 11:18 pm

      Hey Hiten,
      Thankyou for being here and contributing in such a positive way
      be good to yourself

  • Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker January 18, 2013, 12:22 pm


    “Do it now” resonates with me. Today is the only one guaranteed, so let’s make the best of it!

    Take care,


    • David Stevens January 18, 2013, 11:17 pm

      Thankyou Alex…I certainly agree with you
      be good to yourself

  • Elle January 18, 2013, 12:40 pm

    David this is so great. Awareness is always the first step to creating a new destiny for ourselves. We’re either being inner directed or outer distracted and I love the ‘teach your children well’ – it’s wonderful to give our kids the opportunity to be mindful of where they’re going and what they love to do.

    Love Elle

    • David Stevens January 18, 2013, 11:16 pm

      Appreciate your thoughts Elle, thankyou…
      be good to yourself

  • Harriet Cabelly January 18, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Excellent post, David! A different structure to your post than your others. I love it.
    Doing meaningful things , or as you write, ‘achieving purposful things’ is key to a good and happy life. Oftentimes we don’t really know what our life purpose is ( I’m certainly still not clear on mine) but doing what resonates for you, what’s meaningful and authentic is a sure way to create a life of richness and value.
    One that I would add is: Authenticity – Do that which resonates for you and speaks to your deepest self. You will feel at peace and not feel tugged by outsider’s expectations and demands.

    • David Stevens January 18, 2013, 11:15 pm

      I like it Harriet, well said. Appreciate you taking the time to comment and add value to the conversation.
      Be good to yourself

  • Sandi Amorim January 18, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Nearing the age of 50 I’ve come to the conclusion that your life purpose is what you say it is. Some people dislike that it’s that simple, but for me it’s a relief 😉

    • David Stevens January 18, 2013, 11:04 pm

      Hi Sandi,
      I agree with that…
      thankyou for being here
      be good to yourself

    • Jaky January 19, 2013, 3:30 pm

      Hi Sandy, you’re right. I’ve seen a lot of people who are totally living other people’s purpose. It just makes me feel so good when I find people living their purpose. thanks a lot..

  • Jaky Astik January 19, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Hey David, this is one enriching post I’ve read today. At one point of time, distraction stuck me. I was distracted and I didn’t even know what I wanted to do in life. It so worsened that at one point I forgot everything I loved.

    But eventually, it worked out. Call me the lucky one, because not everyone gets this simply. Thanks a lot for adding this wisdom to the world, it really needs it.

    • David Stevens January 19, 2013, 8:21 pm

      Hi Jaky,
      Thankyou for calling in. Appreciate your comment, glad this post hit the spot for you.
      be good to yourself