Welcome Letter

From the Desk of DAN COUGHLIN

Welcome to the Fulfill Your Quest website and The 12 Thinking Exercises,

People who went on a quest to fulfill some purpose for their lives are always exciting for us to learn about.

Amelia Earhart, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, John Kennedy, Thomas Paine, John Wooden, and on and on. There are literally thousands of books about fulfilling a quest within every conceivable purpose.

And that’s what this website is about.

The 12 Thinking Exercises are focused on three main ideas:

  • Clarify your purpose.
  • Understand your Self.
  • Apply your Self to the fulfillment of your purpose.

First, when you click on The 12 Thinking Exercises icon, please read the Overview of the 12 Thinking Exercises. This will help you see how the whole course fits together.

Then click on each link and do the exercises one at a time. You will notice that the first step in doing each exercise is the same. Each time you will be asked to answer this question, “What do you think is the purpose of your life right now?”

In this course, this phrase, “the purpose of your life right now,” is referring to something beyond your family responsibilities, job, finances, community commitments, physical fitness, and friendships.

Why are you here right now? What is your purpose?

When you gain clarity on your answer, you will then likely be able to apply your answer to your family responsibilities, job, finances, community commitments, physical fitness, and friends. This will help you to decide how, where, and why you spend your time, energy, and money in the future.

The real work of The 12 Thinking Exercises consists of four activities:

  • Reflection
  • Discussion
  • Discernment
  • Decision

As you answer each question within a given exercise, spend some in reflection on your answer. Try to partner up with at least one other person and engage in a discussion about your answers. Then spend some extra time in discernment, where you select the key ideas you want to retain from that exercise. Then make a decision and move your ideas into action.

To fulfill your quest requires both thinking and action.

Also included is a section on Book Recommendations for The 12 Thinking Exercises. These are among my very favorite books on clarifying your purpose, understanding your Self, and applying your Self to the fulfillment of your purpose.

I’m hoping The 12 Thinking Exercises will impact you as you work to fulfill your quest.

This course is dedicated to all those people who have helped each of us on our journey to try to fulfill our purpose.

For me, this includes:

My parents; my wife, Barb; my children, Sarah and Ben; my siblings: Kevin, Cathy, Jim, Mick, and Mary; my great Dream Weekend friends: Jeff Hutchison and Mike Feder; my psychological and spiritual mentor, Miles Meyer; my coaches: Jim Nolan, Ebbie Dunn, and Dennis Grace; my great teachers in school: Miss Layton, Nancy Wondrach, and Tom Becvar; my teachers in business: Seth Godin, Jason Jennings, and Alan Weiss; the authors of the hundreds of wonderful books I’ve read; and my college soccer players, high school students, and business clients who have taught me soooo much over the past 35 years.

Thank you all so very much! All of you have served as my mentors along the way.

Take care,

Dan Coughlin
dan@thecoughlincompany.com