Today’s guest, Nathanael Garrett Novosel, discusses his book, “The Meaning of Life: A Guide to Finding Your Life’s Purpose”, and gives a quick yet powerful breakdown of some of the purposes of life. But, before we can dive in, let us first explain who Nathanael is.
Nathanael Garrett Novosel is a professional researcher. His main focuses are psychology, evolutionary biology, leadership and decision-making. He has over 20 years of experience studying individual and group behaviors. Through his years of studies, all his insights drove him to help leading companies resolve their most pressing organizational and strategic planning issues.
Understand the Formula
Nathanael’s book covers the eight concepts of life — growth, experience, desire, belief, emotions, ethics, support and choice. Covering each of these concepts on the podcast would take hours, so instead, he focuses on specific sections, like emotions.
While many people do not like to dwell on their emotions, Nathanael teaches that your emotional state is ‘life’s feedback.’ Many emotions like happiness or excitement create the feedback of growth. The ultimate goal in life is to grow. Sometimes in life, we hit a standstill and cannot grow. During times like this, Nathanael encourages his followers to utilize the formula to emotions.
Emotions = Desire + Belief + Experience
If you want to change your emotion and continue to grow, you need to change your beliefs.
You Make the Decisions in Your Life
Making choices in life gives you your purpose. Life without choice is pure torture. The moment you take away the ability for people to do whatever they want in life is the moment when they lose meaning. At the end of the day, everybody wants the freedom to choose their own reality. The most powerful message in the book is, “You create your own reality.”
You Need to Have Faith
Even though the emotion section is his favorite part of the book, the one section that changed him the most was the one on belief. Before writing his book, Nathanael did not believe that he could change specific aspects of his life. He believed that they were set in stone. But, through research and writing, he learned that beliefs influence actions.
There are some points in life where we each hit a dark tunnel and feel like there is no escape. But, if you have something to hold onto, like faith, you can overcome anything that comes your way. Nathanael explains that you have to have faith to give your life meaning and to reach your full potential.