A really good suggestion from psychologist, Eric Maisel, is to create a life purpose icon. It is similar to the totems that each person had in the movie Inception. It was personal and really only the owner of that totem knew the significance of it.
It is a simple, quick way to visually remind me of how I want to live.
How I arrived at my icon (the compass) was by thinking of a symbol that helped me convey what I kept forgetting. Since my life purpose statement is...
"I intend to do my best without compromising my values. I will continue to learning, growing, creating and remembering that I am EXACTLY where I am supposed to be because God is leading me."
I needed symbol that helped me remember that everything is a process - I can't get from work to home with out traveling inch by inch from one place to the other. I want to be where I'm supposed to be, but when trouble comes, I'm quick to question if I'm really in that place. Self doubt tries to take over. The compass symbol helps me redirect my thoughts.
I chose to print my icon and put it on my daily planner so I can see it everyday. Some people may choose to make it a tattoo, get a piece of jewelry, or get a poster of it.
With process comes progress
What icon/symbol helps you easily remember how you want to live? How would you design it?