Author: Dr. Brad Swift.
Brad Swift’s journey into living Life on Purpose took him from fatigue to fulfillment, from depression to delight, from the Good Life to a meaningful life. As a veterinarian-turned writer-turned life coach, Dr. Swift has experienced the transformation of purposeful living, and translated what he learned into a “systematic, spiritually based process for assisting people to clarify and live true to their life purpose.”
Life on Purpose sits at the nexus of the recent flurry of books about purposeful living and the evolving coaching industry. It’s basically a self-coaching manual for purposeful living. Swift looks at purposeful living as having more to do with who you are than what you do. Living purposefully is transformational because it changes who you are and how you relate to the world. Life on Purpose shows you how to make the journey.
Dr. Swift says that your purpose is “the context of your life that shapes what you do” and the things you do are “the ways in which you express your life purpose.” When you don’t know your purpose, you make decisions according to your default programming—your unconscious “inherited purpose,” which is based on whatever people told you when you were a kid. When you do know your purpose, you make decisions that fulfill that purpose, and you experience joy, satisfaction and fulfillment.
You begin with a self-assessment of where you are now; how purposeful your current life is. Then Swift takes you through six passages that help you define your life purpose and begin to live it out. Along the way, he gives you exercises, assignments, tips, projects, examples and tools to help you on the journey.
You can read Life on Purpose superficially, and learn quite a bit about purposeful living. That’s what I intended to do; learn about the whys and wherefores of finding my life purpose. Instead, I found myself engaging with the material, thinking about the questions and doing the assignments. And becoming clear about my own life purpose and how to live it out. The book is engaging enough to pull you into the process.
Dr. Swift draws you into a relationship with him and the book. His language is intimate and encouraging; you feel like he’s there with you, coaching and helping you as surely as if he were speaking with you in person. He manages to translate the coaching relationship into written form, making it accessible for anyone who reads his book.
Life on Purpose is a practical, friendly, hands-on book for anybody who wants to live a more meaningful life.
The above review was contributed by: Penny Watkins, Free Lance Writer, Mother, Grandmother, and Cat Lady: CLICK HERE to read more of Penny's Reviews.