How to Find Life’s Purpose and Keep Your Spark Alive During the Pandemic with Jonathan Fields
How has the pandemic changed you? Being thrust into a situation where everything is uncertain would make anyone feel frustrated, stressed, and uneasy. Some may have overcome the challenges and begun thriving despite — or because of — the new normal we live in. But it’s not everyone. Some people have lost their jobs or loved ones. Still, the world continues to turn; there’s nowhere for us to go but forward.
So how can you figure out how to find life’s purpose amid this global crisis? Jonathan Fields has one answer to doing exactly that. In today's episode, he describes one method for coping with the ongoing pandemic. He'll also discuss and share insights from his latest book, Sparked.
If you want to know how to find life’s purpose and keep your spark alive, then this episode is for you!
Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:
- Get insights on how to find life’s purpose and reignite your passion for your work even during the pandemic.
- Understand why it’s crucial to allow yourself to be vulnerable and let others into your experience.
- Discover how to expand your potential, both in work and life, even with the current situation.
Jonathan the Good Life Guy
- Jonathan also hosts The Good Life Podcast, which inspired Rosie to start Radically Loved.
- You can always learn something – whether big or small – from the people that you meet.
Jonathan’s Yoga History
- Before venturing into writing and podcasts, Jonathan wanted to open a yoga center in New York.
- Then, the 9/11 incident occurred, spurring him on to continue the center. Jonathan believed people needed a place for healing and community.
- Jonathan taught yoga for seven years before moving into his current work.
Human Relationships and Going Analog
- The pandemic pushed most of our social interactions into the digital space.
- Jonathan recently prefers going analog when it comes to relationships since we have lost that physical aspect of socializing.
- Physical objects, like letters, transmit a level of intentionality and love that can emotionally connect us.
Writing “Sparked” During the Pandemic
- Jonathan already had the idea of the book in his head even before the pandemic started.
- The book is about seeing and understanding yourself clearly, as well as having hope and possibility.
- As the pandemic progressed, the intention of the book began to change.
- Jonathan wishes that his book helps other people meaningfully reflect on themselves during this pandemic.
The Writing Process
- The core of the book is about "sparketypes" — a tool for you to understand what work makes you feel excited and alive.
- Jonathan identifies himself as a “maker” — a person that focuses on manifesting ideas.
- During the pandemic, he had the chance to delve deep into this “creation mode” and just do his own thing.
- Doing things that satisfy your innate impulses can help you feel more grounded despite the anxiety and unease this global crisis brings.
- Jonathan hopes to delve deeper into how to access this feeling of equanimity.
How to Find Life’s Purpose with the Sparketypes?
- As a maker, Jonathan wanted to do more than just replicate other bodies of work. He would not have continued working on the sparketypes if this were the case.
- This project started with many people asking him how to find life’s purpose and feel more alive.
- Jonathan posits that there are a set of mappable impulses for work. These impulses have a set of common tendencies or archetypes, which he calls sparketypes.
- He wanted to validate this idea, so he built an assessment tool that over half a million people have completed.
- Many individuals have found this tool valuable in answering how to find life’s purpose.
How Jonathan Continues to Practice Yoga
- Even if he is no longer teaching yoga per se, he still considers his work on exploring the human condition and finding ways to reduce suffering as a part of his practice.
To All Who Have Lost Their Light
- An experience like the pandemic can change you forever, and there is no going back to the person you were before.
- Allow yourself to feel a painful moment thoroughly rather than forcing yourself to get out of this space. It’s okay to be sad.
- Many people have felt a sense of isolation; know that you are not alone.
- Give yourself permission to feel vulnerable and allow others to share the experience with you.
- Your feelings and experiences are valid. Acknowledge the truth in them and how they have affected you.
How to Find Life’s Purpose in the Pandemic
- Inequity is more palpable now than ever since plenty of people have lost their jobs because of COVID-19.
- Not everyone is adequately equipped with resources to live a comfortable life in this pandemic.
- Look into what is accessible and available to you and find ways to work with it.
- Reflect on what you truly value and think of how you can achieve it.
- Life is fleeting, so do things not only for security but also for their meaning.
Keeping the Spark Burning
- Search for activities, tools, and processes that you regularly use, then investigate how they can make your work more meaningful.
- There will always be ways that enable you to express your sparketype in the work you do. Once you do, you will feel much more fulfilled.
- We can’t ignore and address hard truths. However, we need to create a healthy boundary in what we let in.
How Jonathan Feels Radically Loved
- Jonathan feels radically loved in every possible way – by his family, friends, and everyone around him.
5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode
[12:20] “When you actually can allocate more of your energy to doing the work that aligns with this innate impulse, it gives you this sense of grounding.”
[23:11] “Give yourself permission to be vulnerable and open to inviting other people into your life who you trust and who, you know, were there to support you.”
[23:31] “The starting point, is to own the truth of this experience, to own the truth of how you're feeling, to know that it's actually okay to feel those things, and to allow people into the experience with you to help.”
[27:57] “Life is tender, and sometimes short and fleeting.”
[39:20] "We are addicted to the noise of everything falling apart...You can acknowledge those but at the same time, create both healthy boundaries in what you let in and what you don't let in.”
Jonathan Fields is an award-winning author, Webby-nominated producer, and business innovator. He has dedicated his life to creating things that can inspire people and teach them how to find life’s purpose. He continues to impart his experiences that spark the 3P’s: purpose, possibility, and potential. Jonathan is known as the Good Life Guy, as he hosts one of the most well-known podcasts called Good Life Project.
In addition to writing bestsellers like How to Live a Good Life and Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance, Jonathan also founded several notable companies. Spark Endeavors, which hosts Sparketypes—a powerful tool for generating global data set and insight-based solutions—is his most recent.
If you wish to know more about Jonathan or if you want to connect with him, you can visit his website.
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