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Introspection Masterclass: Know Yourself and Your Purpose

teacher avatar Flo & Felipe, Co-Founders of The Way Factory

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. 1. Introduction

    • 2. The introspection circle

    • 3. Putting work and life together

    • 4. Identifying your cause

    • 5. Determining your guiding principles

    • 6. Inspiring you to take action (Part 1)

    • 7. Inspiring you to take action (Part 2)

    • 8. Wrapping it up

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About This Class

This class is the continuation of our first-ever course, Mindset Masterclass: How To Cultivate Everlasting Growth.

In this class, you are gonna look into the most important aspect of this journey: You! 

Looking into ourselves is something that causes discomfort and is usually avoided as a result. But self-awareness is crucial in making mindful decisions when it comes to having a career that reflects what you want for your life.

In this class, you’ll find a series of exercises that will help you determine:

  • Where you are today
  • Where you should head towards
  • What aspects matter to you when making mindful decisions
  • How to be inspired to take action

After this class, you will have a far greater understanding of yourself than ever before, and that’s a great beginning to start moving towards the realization of your ideal self. 

Before you get started: Head to the Projects of this class to download The Way Factory Playbook, as it'll be referenced throughout all lessons!


Bill Burnett & Dave Evans - Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Christophe André, Alexandre Jollien, Matthieu Ricard - Á Nous La Liberté!

Dale Carnegie - How To Make Friends and Influence People

Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow

Don Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Frederic Saldmann - The Best Medicine Is You

Greg McKeown - Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less

Julia Cameron - The Artist’s Way

Roger Fisher & William Ury - Getting To Yes: Negotiating An Agreement Without Giving In

Seneca - Moral Letters To Lucilius

Simon Sinek - Start With Why

Simon Sinek, David Mead, Peter Docker - Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team

Tim Ferriss - The 4-Hour Workweek

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Flo & Felipe

Co-Founders of The Way Factory


Hello, we are Florence and Felipe! We are the Co-Founders of The Way Factory.

 We help you build purpose-driven lives by sharing tools and knowledge in the areas of self-development and professional growth. We are neither psychologists, nor therapists. 

 We are in search of well-being, wisdom, peace, and serenity. We are curious about everything that relates to becoming a better version of ourselves and living our lives intentionally.

 We are authentic, spontaneous, empathetic, and in love with discovering new restaurants!  


Our personal path has led us to listen to tens of podcasts, read hundreds of books, and watch thousands of videos on personal development, life philosophy, and psycholog... See full profile

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1. 1. Introduction: So now that you understand the theoretical framework that makes a foundation of this course, it is time to look into the most important aspect of this journey. You, looking into ourselves is something that cause discomfort is usually avoided as a result. But self-awareness is crucial in making mindful decision when it comes to having a career that reflects what you want for life. In this section, you will find a series of exercise that will help you determine where you are today. Where usual head towards what aspect matter to you when making mindful decision, how to be inspired to take action. This is where the playbook comes in handy. The exercise that we're going to describe are available there. So time to open it. Ready. Let's get started. 2. The introspection circle: Size, you're going to make an evaluation of where you are currently standing in general aspects of your life, it's pretty difficult to know where you want to go if you don't even know where you are in the first place, right? To do this head to the playbooks exercise called the introspection circle. In this exercise, you are going to evaluate the general dimensions that constitute your life. The idea is for you to have a better understanding of where you stand today in different aspect of it so that you are letter able to decide where you want to locate your efforts. So the dimensions are the following. Health, work, play, love, adventure. For more detailed description of each dimension is available into Playbook. Through a visual exercise, you will be able to identify WHO really when each of those are rare ease in your life. And second, whose satisfy you are when looking at this dimension. When your circle is ready, you will be required to make a reflection on the reasons that led you to determine the grade for every Arab. Be honest with the reasons that line behind the dots. What the importance of doing that writing pushes you to deepen your reflection, explore your feelings, and generate ideas. But in feelings into words may be challenging. But once you do, you make the intangible become tangible and the abstract become concrete. The result of this will be a well-thought argument based overview of the current status of your life, which will work as a foundation for further questioning. For example, as you mean, play is great, poorly in your life circle. You're not paying attention to the lady mentioned because of a conscious decision you have made to make it a lower priority or is it because you have lost truck and focused on things that are aren't even important to you. How a line either upgrade with what you want for your life. And once you have this foundation, it will be timed to reflect further about your career in the context of your very understanding of life and forces. The next exercise will come in handy. 3. Putting work and life together: The exercise assessing square Nc of the playbook. In this exercise, you are going to assess the direction in which you are currently aiding and determine whether that is what you want for your life. The idea is for you to define your perspective of work and the meaning of your very existence. This is an extension of the assessment of your current statue with introspection circle. But things are variables. Career and long-term system is covalently okay not to have all the answers. Your very own understanding of life is constantly evolving. Your perception of EDL today may be different. Tomorrow. To try as much as you can to understand the dynamics of who you are, what you believe in, and what you do today. To that end, you are going to write two reflection about two main aspects of life, work and existence. Let's start by work. When reflecting about work, think about the following question. What does work mean for you? What motivates you to work? Or what do we expect to get out of it? What bring you satisfaction at work? What are you currently working on? What lead you to do the work that you are currently doing? Pleasure, internal pleasure, pressure, external pressure need, greed, limiting belief. Now existence. When reflecting on your existence, think about the following questions. What are the attributes that you consider can define new, uh, currently, what's your ideal environment? What are the characteristic of a life worth living? Who is your existence doing good for others? Whether making your friends happy or, let's say ending world hunger. What's blocking you? Resistance, fear, anger from moving forward. Once you have reflect on what work and your existence mean to you, you are going to overlap them to find relationships of consistency, contradiction, or cause. To do so, you will do yet one more reflection. It, the last one, promise and answer the following questions. Is work reflection of who you are. Are you doing work that you believe in? Is your work true to everything you stand for? You deciding on what appends new live for all. I you're letting other discharge for you. After this, you will have a better understanding of where you are currently heading towards. And when you do this will allow you to both gain self-awareness and help you determine if a long-term output of what you're doing today is a one you want for your life, is time to identify the direction usually be heading toward. And that's what we'll do in the next exercise. 4. Identifying your cause: Identifies a direction usual follow to have a career that is consistent with what you want for your life to do. This head to the exercise is identifying your cause in the playbook. In this exercise, you are going to deep dive into your pass. The objective is to identify the most relevant moment of your life in order to highlight patterns that define what brings fulfillment to it. And there should be a way forward. Your y will be characterized by a contribution of your own and an impact on society. To attain this goal, you are going to gather stories in which you felt energized, joyful, and intensely engaged. These as movement in which we're so immersed in what you were doing that you completely lost track of time is not when I cook tried to be as detailed as possible. Don't censor yourself, jot down everything that comes to mind. So stories can be about anything. And as many as you think they can be a bad job. Professional life, your hobbies, your childhood memories does is it limits what matters is what you immediately think of a, when asked for the moment in which you were heavily involved to have a better of than standing of the reasons that makes us stories and sent out. You will describe them towards the following two factors. Subjective factors. What were you doing? What was your exact role? Was it rigorous and organize or was it more continuous and flexible? Objective factor where you inside, outside, alone or with other, was it acquired or hectic atmosphere was in the city or in the countryside. When you have your story writing down, you will start looking for patterns or category in which you could play them. The commonality that you identify will be a contribution. They will be the aspect that cause intensive moment when performing any given activity. D will be a driving force at the individual level when seeking the reason that make you think of an indel situation, activity, occupation, then you will need to find who that contribution helps change the life of others. Can be people, animal nature for the better. This will be your impact. Your impact can be as little as making someone smile. And it's actually not Leto are as huge as influencing behavior on a global scale. To defend a factor for you in Pike is for one single person to be able to say, because you exist, my life is better. To do that. You will circle back to the exercise, assessing coherency into playbook and find your reflection about existence. What are the characteristic of a life worth living? What's good and bad? Who is my existence doing good for us? Or finally, you will define the cause of your life, which consists of your contribution and your impact. It is important that your cause is both inspiring and actionable. It must have a clear reflection of who you are and where you are heading. To do so. Your code should be framed as full too. Contribution. So that impact example in the way factory is to empower other to do work that bring them fulfillment so that they can make their highest possible positive contribution. Before you get started, we want you to be aware that self-reflection is a process that takes time. You probably won't find your codes within five minutes. This is something that can take days, weeks, or even months. This exercise will help you have an understanding of what is it, what you want to push you. But you will be refining its thorough time. This is just the beginning. Now it's up to you. Let's begin. 5. Determining your guiding principles: Invert the playbook exercise, determining your guiding principles. In this exercise, you are going to identify the guiding principle that will help you realize what you envision for your life. By guiding principles, we are referring to the set of values that define your behavior. Your cause is aspirational. You're guiding principles are concrete actions that describe what you will do when faced with a decision. If life were a trip, the cause will be your destination and your guiding principle, the car you are traveling in. To determine your guiding principle, you will need to look into your past again, which is gold mine. Then think about and write down the most really even decision you have made in your life. They should be at least five. But try to come up with as many as possible. It can be decision you are satisfied with our regret. The idea is to reflect on the key aspect that led you to choose one option over the other. Then pull apart your thought process when making those decisions through the following question. What aspects did you consider when choosing one option over the other? If it's a decision, you are happy about. What are the reasons for evoking such a feeling. If it's a decision you regret. What specifically made you feel that way. When you made the decision, where are you influenced by someone else? When you made the decision, did you think about yourself or others or both? Did you make this decision out of impure of full consciousness after getting to the guts of what went into your decision making process, you will be able to identify your guiding principle. Some decision may be steered by the same principles, although not in neither case, write them down. A guiding principle should be a third sentence that start as an action and reflect the way you conduct yourself in any given situation, you can have as many as you see fit. Guiding principles is also stayed in its positive form. For example, say treat other people well, instead of don't treat other people. But guiding principle examples, treat others the same way you like to be traded. Let's get started. 6. Inspiring you to take action (Part 1): E-books exercise fear sitting. In this exercise, which was created by author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss, you will use the power of fear to inspire action as opposed to inhibiting you from pushing your course to set your fears, think about a major decision that you are currently considering can be changing job carrier investing, taking a trip example, I want to quit my job and have a similar position in a different company. When you know what the decision is lizard here that are preventing you from taking actions. These are the reasons not to go for it. The worst case scenarios example, I'm afraid that this company ends up being worse than the one I'm currently working for. Every listed fear, come up with a prevention plan. What are the things you could do to stop your fear becoming a reality? Example? When considering a potential new company, I will contact people who already work there to inquire about their experience working there. Or I will take the opportunity at the interview to thoroughly investigate what working there really is. Then for every fear, sink over contingency plan. If your fear becomes a reality, what can you do to fix it as soon as possible? Example, I will quickly communicate my discontent with my manager to try to fix the root cause of my feeling. I will be productive and proposed initiative that improve the working experience at the company. Be as detailed as possible when listing your fear prevention plan and contingency plan when all three categories are completed, fear prevention contingency grid, each sphere with a scale from 0 to ten, where 0 is Elise and 10 is a worst possible impact for your life. But in fact, we are referring to anything that would compromise the integrity of your life, whether emotionally, mentally, or physically. Consider prevention and contingency plans when grading your fear. Example. Considering my fear and it's correspond prevention and contingency plan, I will give it a four, though he wouldn't be pleasant at all to find that my potential new company is a worst than the one I'm currently working at. I do think that the scenario is fairly preventable and in any case, I only have the option of moving on. Now, consider what will be the benefit in your life if you decide to act. And it turns out successfully, then graded with a scale from 0 to 10 when 0 is Elise, and 10, the best possible benefit for your life, emotional, financial, mental, or physical. Example. If my new companies like a dream it, I will be far more motivated to go work more engaged. I will have a higher salary. I will nurture myself confident by embracing new challenges. And that will be beneficial in all dimensions of my life. Thus, I will give these benefits. And nine, finally, leaves the costs of inaction. Asked yourself, what will be the emotional, mental, or physical consequences? Should you decide not to act upon your decision. Here, again, be as precise as you possibly can. When you do so. Great. Each coast with a scale from, you guess it 0 to ten, where 0 is Elise and 10 is a worst possible impact for real life. Example, I do not quit my current job. I will not nurture my mind. I will not improve my skill. I will stagnate in my career and feel more resentful. As a result, this can lead to overall discouragement about my life, which has a poor of negatively affecting my personal relationship. Considering all of these consequences, I will give this coast. And eight, most time, you realize that the cost of inaction is greater than the cause of action. That way, you will use fear to be inspired to pursue your codes. 7. Inspiring you to take action (Part 2): We forget that or time in this world is limited. In addition to that, we tend to think of yourself as a completely different person. As a result, we detach from the power that we have to influence or feature and end up not taking the necessary action to realize our EDR life in the same way, we often tend to forget about the dream we had when we were a kid. The instance, one way or another, ended up defining who we are today. That forgetfulness may result in the detriment of every sin that sparks or motivations, sense of belonging and cause. Go to the playbooks, exercise, letters across time. In it. You are going to travel through time and write a letter addressed to the person you are right now. First letter, you're 80 years old self, you will imagine that you are 18 years old and that you are writing a letter to the past. Think about the following questions. What would you say? What would you tell yourself? What goals would you push yourself to pursue? What dream Would you encourage to embrace? What whisk would you push yourself to take second litter? You're eight years old self. You will imagine that you went back through time and you are eight years old. Again, think about the following questions. Would you be proud of your prison self? Have you become the person you wanted to be? Would you be inspired by who you are today? Let's get this target bigger bug APs. 8. Wrapping it up: You have a far greater understanding of yourself than ever before. And that's a great beginning to start moving towards the realization of your adult self. As you might have noticed, we have not mentioned the world passion, which tends to become common advice when it's come to figure out what types of carrier usual pursuit. This is because we believe that the advice, find your passion is a realistic or actually we can just switch on a button and fan of passion overnight. Many of us don't really have a clear identifiable passion of if we do, it's likely that we don't know how to act upon it. Your way is not something you will find one day, but something you create every day. Don't wait for the opportunity to create your opportunity. For these reasons, we aimed at giving a more methodological approach and we want to put the pieces together of everything you have done during this section for your better understanding of what it entails for your career goal, moving forward, self-diagnose of where you are today in various aspects of your life. Although you to identify as the instance that matter to you the most, as well as what requires attention moving forward. And then we focus on your career in the context of your life. Because once you understand your current life as a whole, we focus on plotting the long-term outcome of your current study to determine if it's a satisfactory one with the understanding of where you are and where you are going. It was signed to look into where you should be going. Was it consistent with the outcome of what you're doing today? There was a purpose of this part keeping into consideration that you're EDL direction isn't something that happens overnight. It requires constant self-reflection. A reading list to question yourself. Now with an idea of where you should be allocating your eye for us time to identify the car that lead you there, your guiding principle. They are crucial when it comes to decision-making process that reflects who you are and what you believe in. The result of this is a map of where you are, where you are heading, where you should be heading, and how you get there. Time to take action in order to actively seek your EDR life statues. To do so, we ask you to use a poor of fear to project yourself through time with the purpose of conveying to fundamental learnings. First, the cost of inaction is usually greater than the cost of action. Second, prevent tomorrow's regret by making sure that you're actively pursuing your goals today. With that, you have finished the self-development part of this course, congrats, sonnets is timed to use this better clarity, you have to get yourself a job that's coherent with your life objective. Let's do this.