“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Who am I?” “What is the purpose of my life?” These questions arise spontaneously throughout our lives, either unbidden or through conscious intent. Anyone who wishes to live an authentic life must answer these questions, regardless of whether they believe in the existence of the soul or practice a religion. If these queries remain unanswered, life will more than likely remain superficial and empty, in spite of any material abundance. If you wish to make the soul’s journey, then I suggest you ask yourself these questions relentlessly and ruthlessly, and listen carefully.” ― Ilchi Lee
Purpose is the guiding light of our lives and without finding our purpose we wander aimlessly. You see sorrow etched on the faces of those who have not found their true purpose in life. Each person does have a unique purpose that when achieved fills their life with joy.
Purpose is the starting point for finding the right career. It is the starting point for making your best contribution. It is the true north for your life and yet so many people have no idea of what they really want in life and then they try to figure what is missing in their life. It’s simple, a purpose.
If you were able to do what you love to do what would you be doing? One former executive said, “I’d be working with women who are struggling to build a business so they could build financial freedom.” For most people there is a significant amount of fear of doing what they are led to do because they think they won’t make enough money.
For a lot of people making a lot of money only creates more misery unless it is tied to a powerful purpose, a powerful why.
What is your purpose? Have you spent any time thinking about what would make you come alive? Performance follows purpose. Know your purpose, live your purpose and the things you want will follow.
“If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.”
― Walter D. Wintle
Do you believe you can?
Do you have the attitude of a winner?
What will it take to create a better attitude in you?
“We cannot know what a human being can achieve until we have seen [the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel].” — Wolfgang von Goethe
What do you want your masterpiece to be? Everyday you have the opportunity to do something great, what will it be?
How are you going to use your genius, your passion, your grit, your persistence, your practice, your pursuit, your intelligence to make a difference in this world. The world needs all of who you are every day. You can make a difference. You have the all the abilities you need to change the world.
What will be your Sistine Chapel moment? What will be your Sistine Chapel contribution to the world?
The realm of exceptional performance comes from the pursuit of an idea that is at the edges of your abilities that push your limits beyond where you have been before. Push yourself, move outside the comfort of the known to experience the unknown and do something great. Go to the place where the fear lives within you and push it back.
“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
― Helen Keller
What are you resisting doing? It may be as simple as getting out of bed in the morning and resisting starting the day. You can tell you are resisting taking action on something when you do something else instead of the “one” thing you have on your “I should do list”. You’ll think about starting doing something and then you’ll do something else, something that is more pleasing. You’ve been there haven’t you?
Write down a list of things you resist doing. For each item on that list write down what your feelings about those tasks. What do you feel (anger, depressed, tired, anxious, …)?
Now, for each item you expressed a feeling for, probably a negative feeling, then ask yourself,
Step a. “Could I accept this feeling of ____________”.
Step b. “Could I release this feeling of ____________”. (Release is to let it go)
Step c. “Would I release this feeling of ____________”.
Step d. “When will I release the feeling”.
Ask yourself those questions and go through them. If you can’t let it go the first time go back and repeat those questions again.
Basically you are giving yourself permission to release the resistance. Once you have let it go the resistance to completing the task will start lowering. Tackle the task and get the result you want to get.
Practice those steps and see if you can reduce your reluctance to start and complete things you don’t like to do.
“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.
Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.
Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.
Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.
Frolick, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.
Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.
And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience—you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”
― Alysha Speer
One of life’s great questions is: “What do you want to be remembered for?”
What will your life story mean? What fingerprint will you have left on this world? What difference will you have made?
If your inner voice is filled with complaint, blame, anger, dissatisfaction or disappointment then create a new path for your life. Start living your life by giving to the world you live in your genius, your spark, your creativity, your ideas or your time. Give to the world and the world will give back to you, perhaps not in the currency you anticipate but in ways that will reward you far greater than you can imagine.
Here’s the challenge. What can you do to make a difference in this world?
What will your masterpiece be? What will your shining moment be? What will your Mt. Everest event be? Describe your work of the art to the world. Write it down and give it life.
How do you want to be remembered? What do you want to be remembered for?