What separates a cog in a machine from a full, authentic, powerful, creative, engaged, and self-expressed man, are three fundamental life upgrades that every man needs to live with full force.
These three upgrades, in order of importance are 1. Software (Purpose), 2. Hardware (Self-care) and 3. Support (Conscious Community).
The most efficient, high-leverage way to effect maximum change in every area of life with minimal effort, time and money is to upgrade our operating system (OS) with Purpose. All life programs – relationship, job, health, spirituality, leisure – depend on our OS, our consciousness / psychology, and thus, the most effective way to improve our whole life condition begins in the OS.
Without the Purpose OS upgrade, we are running the Default OS, an operating system designed by our subconscious fears and desires, parental values, social norms, and media narratives. Moreover, the Default OS is unable to untangle and prioritize the mess of life programs competing for memory and CPU (Central Processing Unit, aka brain) cycles. Without the Purpose OS upgrade, we are governed by the Default OS, one that we didn’t install, and are enslaved by the life programs we cannot control.
The Purpose OS upgrade requires intentional, dedicated purpose discovery work over the course of many weeks. When we do this work and install the Purpose OS, we eliminate or optimize all other programs to reflect and express the essence of our machine, our life’s purpose.
Without care, machines break. As such, our bodies need care that supports and magnifies our purpose in the world. Without purpose, our diet and exercise routine is an inconsistent and tangled mess of “shoulds”, more programs we didn’t install – the expectations to look, be and feel a certain way in the world, and reactions we have to these programs that lead us to mistreat our hardware. When we upgrade the OS with Purpose we are forced to delete the “shoulds” from the root directory and maintain our hardware with biological best practices that optimize and express our Purpose OS. These include:
45-minutes of moderate daily exercise, outdoors when possible, that improves the strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination of the machine. Cross-training (varied daily exercise routine) and yoga (holistic exercise routine) are two ways to ensure the machine is well serviced. Yoga’s mindfulness, intentionality and spirituality benefits carry with it additional benefit of a OS refresh / RAM partitioning for the CPU.
High performance fuel. Organic, humane, sustainable, in season, high-vegetable content fuel content to ensure digestive functioning and nutrient delivery.
Lubrication. Omega-3-rich fats from plants such as olive, coconut and avocado to keep soft tissues limber.
Cleansing, non-nutritional additives to meals. These pull out food and environmental toxins, e.g. turmeric, garlic, ginger, pepper, and lemon, and ensure a clean running, highly efficient machine.
Without support from our community to live purposefully, it will be difficult to both install the Purpose OS upgrade and service it. We must choose a tight cabal that will assist and support us in making this upgrade over the course of many weeks months. These are people who are unattached to what our life looks like, who only care about us realizing our fullest potential in every area of life. This can take the form of a regular support circle or men’s group, such as an I-group with ManKind Project.
To begin your life of purpose, please begin with the Purpose OS upgrade and explore the Man on Purpose Course, a 7-week LIVE online training (Registration closes May 14, 2015!) that activates:
- Your life’s purpose
- Tools to blast through resistance and obstacles to living your life purpose.
- A purpose project, a way to boldly live your purpose in the world.