“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.
How do you know if you are living your life in the best way possible? Have you spent time evaluating your own progress through life or are you just going with the flow?
Have you thought about your life plan (if you have one)?
What do you think your purpose is? Your purpose for work, life, relationships, personal growth, finances, health/fitness, relationships and spiritual perspective, have you defined what you want to be doing in those domains.
I think it is important to focus on those core life elements and strengthen them. It helps create a greater sense of peace in your life so that you aren’t just existing, but existing with purpose. With a well defined purpose you have a starting point from which to define goals that enable you to realize your purpose.
What are your major goals that you want to achieve?
What is stopping you from setting new more powerful and exciting goals for your life? When do you think you’ll take that step to define your future in a way that aligns with your purpose?
“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.”
― Woodrow Wilson
Purpose drives happiness. What do you think you purpose is? Is your purpose defined by what you do? Is your purpose doing well in school? Is your purpose to help other people? What do you think your purpose is?
For many people this idea of purpose isn’t something to be examined because examining it reveals a sense of emptiness, that life is without meaning. Purpose is the definition of what gives meaning to life for you.
Purpose is something you do. Purpose is something you are. When you live your purpose you are producing results that are useful. When you are able to fulfill your purpose you’ll probably find happiness and joy. You’ll experience a richer and more vibrant life. You’ll feel alive and energized. It doesn’t mean that life will be easy and there won’t be struggles, part of life is the experience of challenge and difficulty and discovering ways to overcome those challenges.
The signature of purpose is an experience of satisfaction, significance and happiness in your life. If you’re not experiencing deep satisfaction in what you do and who you are take a look at your purpose, it may need to be adjusted.
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”
― George Harrison
In life you have to be “present” to win. It’s like a raffle ticket, you have to be there to collect the prize. It’s the same with our life, we have to be there to win and so often we are somewhere else and we miss the opportunity to win the prize.
For many people their career is the target of most of their energy. Sometimes so much energy is put into the career that there is nothing left for other things in life. Vacations get put on hold because the work load increases so quickly that a vacation only means doing more work when you get back.
Living in a world of distractions means that being present to enjoy the moment or participate more fully in life is often pushed to the side.
What does it take to be present?
1. Know who you are?
2. Know where you are?
3. Know what you are doing?
It looks simple doesn’t it? Do you really know who you are? Many people really don’t know “who” they are. They usually know what they aren’t though. Do you know where you are? If you have a plan you must be somewhere on that path to achieving your life’s goal. Do you know where you are? And, do you know what you are doing? Are you asking for help when you want help. Perhaps you don’t want help until you need it and if you wait that long you might be in place you really don’t want to be. Ask for help and seek it before you need it.
Go out and be present in all that you do.
“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.
“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?
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“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung
Does work give you your identity? For many people the title they have, the job they have or the work they do is tied to who they are. It creates problems when there is a job loss or a significant change. The job title is a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment or a way to feel valuable and sometimes it becomes a crutch for the ego.
If your identity is based on the work you do then is that what you want?
Are you doing what you believe is your true purpose? Think about that for a minute. If you don’t have a purpose what are you chasing?
“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
Do you love the work you do?
Are you healthy?
Do you have great relationships with others?
Are you happy?
Are you doing what you love to do?
Do you look forward to each day?
Some people say “No” to each of those questions. They wake up in the morning and drag themselves out of bed. The think about exercise and say, “tomorrow”. The worry about who they will see at work, “Will they like me today?” “Will my boss yell at me again?”
There are many, many people who aren’t happy with their lives and they don’t know why.
The hummingbird knows its purpose. They seem to be pretty happy when they are sipping nectar from flowers. The hummingbird knows its mission and vision with great clarity. So, why is it that we struggle to know our purpose?
Maybe you’re stuck in your life and have found that life feels more difficult or challenging than you want. Maybe you’re looking for happiness (sustained positive feeling – contentment but more) and you haven’t found it yet.
Perhaps you’re thinking I’ll get to it later when I have time. How do you know you’ll have time later? So much happens so quickly in the world today that tomorrow may never be the right time to find out what you are really here to do.
Listen to one person who speaks about purpose with passion, Tony Robbins. Go ahead do it now!