A Life Without Limits

January 17th, 2011 | Posted by John Kapeleris in Goals and Objectives | Opportunities | Self-discipline

In establishing your life purpose and lifelong ambitions the best way to start is to think about your passions and interests in a world without limitations or constraints. For example, if you were given the option of any position or career in the world what would you choose?

However, we generally find ourselves in a paradigm that is familiar to us, has clearly defined boundaries and has become comfortable. We have learned to become complacent with what is presented to us and we don’t generally challenge the status quo. As a result we get the same thing out of life that we have always gotten, because we don’t do anything differently and many of us try to avoid change.

The world is changing at such a dramatic rate that we must also adapt to the changing environment. We must stop and think about our current situation, and determine whether our life path is being driven by ourselves or influenced by external people. We therefore need to re-evaluate our purpose and ambitions in life.

Following are a set of questions that I have used to identify my passions and desires in a life without limits. Try answering the questions below as an exercise to better understand your defining purpose and your ambitions in life.

1. If I wrote a book, the book would be about…

2. If I produced a movie, it would be…

3. If I painted a picture, the subject would be…

4. If I wrote a stand-up comedy routine, I would tell stories about…

5. If I composed a song, I would write about…

6. If I was going to do something nobody would expect me to do, I would…

7. If I was going to cook a meal for a number of friends, I would cook…

8. If I won $5000 to throw the party of the year, I would make it memorable by…

9. If I designed my dream home, it would have…

10. If I designed my ideal vacation home, it would certainly have…

11. If I could be paid to study any subject for a whole year, I would study…

12. If I could spend two months anywhere in the world, I would go to…

13. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in…

14. If I could have dinner with anyone on the planet, I would want to dine with…

Don’t hesitate. Give the task a go. You will never know what new ideas or opportunities emerge.

To your success!

Dr John Kapeleris

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  • admin says:

    I would like to share with everyone what my responses to the questions were when I first attempted this exercise some time ago. I came up with the following desires and aspirations:

    1. If I wrote a book, the book would be about personal development and creative thinking.

    2. If I produced a movie, it would be an adventure story similar to Indiana Jones titled “Hero’s Quest”.

    3. If I painted a picture, the subject would be abstract (named “Feelings on Canvas”)

    4. If I wrote a stand-up comedy routine, I would tell stories about my international travel experiences.

    5. If I composed a song, I would write about passion, persistence and determination.

    6. If I was going to do something nobody would expect me to do, I would leave my job and start my own business.

    7. If I was going to cook a meal for a number of friends, I would cook a Mediterranean feast.

    8. If I won $5000 to throw the party of the year, I would make it memorable by having a cocktail party by the pool with an entertaining bar tender.

    9. If I designed my dream home, it would have a large wall to ceiling library with fireplace and cushioned leather chair.

    10. If I designed my ideal vacation home, it would certainly have a balcony overlooking the beach.

    11. If I could be paid to study any subject for a whole year, I would study creative thinking and personal development coaching.

    12. If I could spend two months anywhere in the world, I would go to Tuscany (Florence).

    13. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in the Greek Islands.

    14. If I could have dinner with anyone on the planet, I would want to dine with Bill Gates.

    Since I had documented my desires and aspirations I found that a number of the items above have been achieved. For example:

    a. I have written an eBook on Creative Thinking, and a book on Personal Development, which I am now seeking to publish.
    b. I painted two oil paintings showing the beach and ocean on a sunny day and the same piece of beach and ocean before a storm.
    c. I have been documenting my travel experiences in a journal with some interesting and humourous experiences.
    d. I started a couple of online home-based businesses
    e. I have cooked a number of Mediterranean feasts for relatives and friends.
    f. I have thrown a cocktail pool party with a professional bartender.
    g. I travelled to Tuscany, Florence and Mykonos.

    I found that if you write down your passions and desires, many usually are achieved through the power of your subconscious mind.

    John Kapeleris

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