“Some people bring out the
best in you in a way that you might never have fully realized on your own.”
“You are destined for
greatness and you can do anything in life if you’re willing to work hard enough
to get it.”
“You may not started out
life in the best of circumstances. But if you can find a mission in life worth
working for and believe in yourself, nothing can stop you from achieving
success.” Kemmons Wilson
“When you come across challenges
when pursuing a goal, stay focused on your purpose, and remains determined to
deal with whatever comes your way. If you hang in there, your sense of purpose
will inspired others, and together, you’ll be unstoppable”. Wayne Barton
Personal Action Plan: Igniting Purpose in Your
- Purpose can ignite your
spirit, providing personal meaning and deep satisfaction to your life. Purpose
is the why-why you are here – and your own special calling. Purpose is the
unique gifts and insights that you bring to the planet and can contribute to
your world. Purpose fuels your efforts and gives you the drive to continue, no
matter what the challenges.
If the secret to living a
rich, meaningful life is to live in accordance with your purpose, the obvious question
remains, How do those who don’t know their purpose discover it? It’s a
difficult but important question, because lasting happiness depends on your
ability to answer it truthfully.
William Marsten, a prominent
psychologist, asked 3,000 people, “What have you to live for?” the results
revealed that 94% responded by saying they had no definite purpose for their
lives and it has been said that “everyone dies, but not everyone really lives.”
Meanwhile, they simply survive, going through the mechanical motions of living,
without ever experiencing the spark of aliveness, they watch their lives
quickly pass by and become increasingly fearful that their lives will end
before they experience any true joy or deep sense of purpose. Have you felt
that way – that something was missing in your life? I did.
Our True Purpose in Life.
Discover Your Purpose.
Action 1: Start
by writing “How I want to be remembered.” List the qualities, deeds, and
characteristics for which you would like to be remembered by your friends,
spouse, children, co-workers, the community, and even the world. If you have
special relationship with other people or groups, such as church, club, or
team, include themon the list too. In the
process of waiting, you will begin to uncover your true value and the sources
of meaning in your life. Ex. I want to be remembered by my wife as a loving
husband, who always believed in her, a partner who encouraged her to expand her
vision of what was possible and to live her life to its ultimate potential. For
my son, I want to be remembered as a father who deeply loved and believed in
him and helped him see that there was no limit to what he could contribute.
Accomplish, and become if he was committed to achieving it.
The question “ What do you
want to be remembered for? will induce you to renew yourself, the question
makes you see yourself as the person you can become.”
“The very least you can do
in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is
live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it,
under its roof.” Barbara Kingsolver.
The following chart, is an excellent tool to help you clarify your purpose.
Describe the action you can see yourself doing for others
Describe the type of person, organization, or cause you want
Describe the goal you want to co-create with that person, org.
My purpose in life is to:
Column 1:Choose the actions that best represent your personal calling
and most excite you.
Persons, Organizations, and Causes
At-risk youthenvironmentpolitics environment
Animal protectionfamily issuespoor
Chemically dependenthuman rightssenior citizens
Crime victimsorgan donation
Column 3: This goal should be a core value, ideal, or
issue that is so important, you are willing to dedicate your time and resources
to make it happen.
Leaving a legacybeing capableliving responsibly
Lovecompetencyliving life to its
Being the bestjoyself-sufficiency
Making a contributiondignitylearning
Believing in themselvesjusticeserving others
Once you determine where
you’re headed and why, you could potentially save years of wasted time by not pursuing
activities and vocations that offer little meaning and lack harmony with your
true sense of purpose. Life is too short to spend it on anything less than
Step 2: Integrate Purpose
into Your Daily Life.
Once you have a clearly
defined purpose, you now know where you focus your energies and efforts. Now
you can begin to establish goals and make plans – goals and plans that serve
your purpose and help create a life of greater meaning. Present and future
goals should be evaluated by one criterion only: Do the goals serve your
Identify one way you can integrate purpose into your life – through your job,
business, or community. Commit yourself to taking action this week, soon, your
goals will start taking shape and every aspect of your life will reflect and
serve your purpose. When that happens, you will have a power to overcome
obstacles that you have never experience before.