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start with purpose

“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

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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.

 

your better life

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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Are you living the life you want to live?    A lot of people aren’t living the life they want, they are existing but not living.   As a coach I get to talk to many people who are struggling and want to live a life that is different than the one they are living.

People are looking for a “secret” something that will improve their finances, fix a relationship, boost their career, help them lose weight, help them believe in themselves, repair broken relationships or to find joy and happiness in their lives.  There is no secret formula for creating the life you want without putting in the effort to get what you want.

Maybe the secret is a massive amount of work on the things you value the most.  The secret is starting and doing something that will lead to better results for you.

The point is that unless you do something different today your tomorrow won’t be any better than it was yesterday.   If you are waiting until conditions are perfect, until you have that one missing thing, before you start you’ll never ever start.

Your better life starts when you stop making excuses and decide to transform each day from now on.

How important is your health?

How important is your family?

How important are your relationships?

How important is your career?

How important is your personal and professional growth?

Take a few minutes and write down what is important to you.   Are you honoring what you value?

Many people choose to live a life of misery to show to their neighbors and friends how successful they are.   We equate success with finances and it isn’t working.   There are many, many people who have great bank accounts  who are living in personal poverty.   What is your life really like?  (Feel free to comment … share your story)

living on purpose

“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!

Finding a purpose …

It seems that many people are caught in a life that seems to have little purpose or direction.   These people want a change, a change of career in most cases so that they can do something that aligns with who they are.   People are tired of doing work that isn’t motivating or engaging or fulfilling and they want to stop living a life that doesn’t have a purpose.

Here’s what some people say, “I need to find some direction on where I should take my career.”

” I have been trying to figure out what I “want to do” with my life. I have tried a few different avenues, but have yet to find something that I truly enjoy and love doing.”

The story of finding something that says “want to” rather than “have to” suggests that many people are seeking a life of meaning versus a life of just doing work to make a living.   People seek coaches to help them find that purpose and then to find the career that works best for they are.

Years ago Rick Warren wrote a book called the “Purpose Driven Life” and addressed the issues of purpose.   What is it that you are the best at so that you can  contribute to  humanity your best?

The idea is of course finding a real purpose using your strengths every day and for many people using their strengths towards a purpose is a goal rather than a daily event.   How are you using your strengths daily?

What would it mean to live a great life?   What would you do to live out your passion?

Larry Smith (an economist) explains why you won’t pursue your greatest self.

People look for life/career coaches to help them unpack their dreams, to pursuit their greatest  strengths, and to start living the life they want to live.     It makes a difference and if you are feeling like you are stuck in the wrong career you may want to consider using a coach.

What are you tired of?

Where are you stuck?

How energetically do you approach your vocation each day?

What barriers stop you from the success you deserve?

What would free you to be the person you were meant to be?