http://www.youth.cn  2013-09-22 16:04:00  中国青年网

  How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes


  How do you discover your real purpose in life? I'm not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you're here at all — the very reason you exist.


  Perhaps you're a rather nihilistic person who doesn't believe you have a purpose and that life has no meaning. Doesn't matter. Not believing that you have a purpose won't prevent you from discovering it, just as a lack of belief in gravity won't prevent you from tripping. All that a lack of belief will do is make it take longer, so if you're one of those people, just change the number 20 in the title of this blog entry to 40 (or 60 if you're really stubborn). Most likely though if you don't believe you have a purpose, then you probably won't believe what I'm saying anyway, but even so, what's the risk of investing an hour just in case?

  或许你是虚无主义者,你认为人生根本没有什么目标,也没有任何意义。没关系,认为人生没有目标并不会阻碍你找到人生的目标,那就像不相信万有引力学说的人也同样会摔倒一样。不认为人生有目标的人可能需要更长的时间来找到你的人生目标,因此如果你属于这类人,你只需将这篇文章题目以及文章中的20分钟 改为40分钟(如果你实在是非常顽固的话,最好改为60分钟)。最有可能的是,如果你认为人生没有目标,那么你将很有可能认为我所说的是荒谬的,但即便是这样,投入一个小时来尝试一下对你会有什么损失?

  Here's a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”

  下边是一个关于李小龙所做的一个演示的故事。一位武术大师向李小龙请教,他想让李小龙教会他李小龙的全部功夫。李小龙拿出两个装满水的杯子,“ 这第一杯水,”李小龙说,“代表着你所会的全部功夫,这第二杯水代表着我所会的全部功夫。如果你想将第二杯水全部倒入第一个杯子中,你必须先把第一个杯子 中的水全部倒光。”

  If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you've been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

  如果你想找到你真正的人生目标,那你就必须首先清除你心中所有错误的目标( 这也包括你可能没有任何目标)。

  So how to discover your purpose in life? While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do. The more open you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you. But not being open to it or having doubts about it or thinking it's an entirely idiotic and meaningless waste of time won't prevent it from working as long as you stick with it — again, it will just take longer to converge.

  那么怎样才能找到你的人生目标呢?虽然有很多方法可以做到,但是有一些方法非常烦杂,我所要介绍的方法任何人都可以轻易的做到。你在使用该方法时越 坦率,越希望它能够有效,你就能越快的找到你的人生目标。但是如果你对它不坦率或者你对它有疑问,亦或者你认为它完全是一个白痴且没有任何意义,纯粹是在 浪费时间,这也不会影响它起作用,只要你能够一直坚持着做下去,同样的,这只会增加你完成它所需要的时间。

  Here's what to do:

  1.Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it's faster).

  2.Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”

  3.Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn't have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.4.Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.






  That's it. It doesn't matter if you're a counselor or an engineer or a bodybuilder. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid. Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories. But when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it's coming to you from a different source entirely.

  就是这样一个简单的方法,无论你是律师还是工程师,亦或者是健身教练它都会有效。对一部分人来说这个方法会起到效果,但是另外一部分人却会认为它是 如此的愚蠢。通常它需要花费15-20分钟的时间来理顺你头脑中混杂的、被周围环境影响的人生目标,错误的答案会从你的心里和记忆中不断的冒出,但是当正 确的答案最终出现的时候,你就感觉到它好像来自于一个与其他完全不同的地方,这才是你的答案。

编辑:廖书曼 来源:卡卡英语学习网


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