Seeking the Fulfillment Equation (400 words)

Fulfillment: the achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.  The meeting of a requirement or condition.

After searching online for “life fulfillment” I read through the page 1 hits and have learned the following:

Possible Definitions and Factors of Fulfillment:

  • Living life true to your values
  • Rack up achievements
  • Peace of mind
  • Emotional state
  • Thoughts and ideas
  • Loving the present moment
  • Simple Life
  • Being Satisfied
  • Avoid Indecision
  • Be Cheery
  • Learn to like people
  • Live and Let Live
  • Learn from adversity
  • Don’t be too serious
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Practice objectivity
  • Tolerate your own mistakes
  • Forgive Yourself
  • Inner Awareness
  • Meditation and Clarity
  • Understanding our True Nature
  • People, Places, Things, Religion
  • Significance
  • Purpose – Idea + Passion + Decision
  • Giving
  • Knowing who you are
  • Take risk
  • Learn what is important
  • Hard work
  • Care and respect others and yourself
  • Read the lives of others

My takeaway is that fulfillment is a complex topic, and varies based on who writes about it.  But can we create an equation that that can change for each person and capture what fulfills us?  If we could,  this equation would hold all of the possible variables that go into fulfillment but produce a different answer for the individual.

It would be like if we were making a fruit cocktail per person and they had to select which fruits and how much of each fruit went into the cocktail according to their preference.  We could call it fruitful-mint.

So to start, what are the variables or fruits to choose from?  Based on the Google Search exercise I’m going to start with the following:

  • How well You know Yourself
    • Knowing Your Values, Beliefs & Living Up to Your Values
    • Knowing Your Goals & Achieving Your Goals
  • Inner Peace, General Anxiety, and Emotional State (Mental Health)
  • Physical Health
  • Life Complexity
  • Positivity – humor, enthusiasm, etc.
  • Social – professional, personal, family
  • Negativity – complaining, unforgiving, resentful, regretful
  • Knowledge – learning
  • Impact – Contribution to Society, Others
  • Financial & Material Assets

Ok, these are 10 overarching categories with more possible sub-variables buried below.  The weighting of each category to a person (how important it is to them) and if they have achieved it (or what % the have come in achieving it) are key to individualizing the formula per person.  The next step will be to try and apply this formula to ourselves and others and see if we can flush out any further modifications and measure our fulfillment level.





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