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Why should you have a purpose? It is most likely that people you admire are living out their life’s purpose. That is perhaps why you are drawn to them. People I admire like John Lee Dumas, Jared Easley, Dan Miller, and Brad Lomenick, are aligned with their life purpose- and doing great work because of it.
When they began their journey, it probably wasn’t as clear or easy. They most likely had a grand visionary purpose which other people scoffed at an earlier point in their lives. And it was their purpose which led them to their level of greatness that no one would have thought possible.
Having a purpose gives you entirely new latitude in life. It is like your secret access pass which unlocks benefits like fulfillment, happiness and success – things people spend their entire lives trying to obtain.
Abundance, success, wealth, fulfillment, etc are the results of discovering and pursuing your purpose – as long as you find and live your purpose fully and truly, everything will fall into place. It is as simple as that.
Your Role in Creating Your Purpose
If you are an apathetic person, maybe you will say “I don’t care about having a purpose.” Or if you are nihilistic, you may say “Life is meaningless. There is no point in trying to assign a meaning.” Perhaps you are generally okay with the way your life is right now and you think that having a purpose is for other people.
If life has no meaning or purpose, then why are you here? Why are getting up every day and going through the motions with the rest of the world? Why are you breathing the air and walking the earth? If life really has no meaning for you, isn’t it logically better to end it than to wait for your time to end?
Without a purpose, your everyday life is filled with actions not guided by a focal point. It will be a combination of mish-mesh, random forces around you which end up cancelling out each other in the larger spectrum of life. The end product is an average life and an average existence.
Look at the people around you. Have you ever known people who truly feel like they are alive? When they talk, their eyes widen and sparkle; everything they talk about just seems so exciting and interesting. Life through their eyes seems so positive and enticing all the time. These people are in tune with their life purpose and they are living and breathing it.
On the other hand, there is another group of people who are unaware or disconnected with their purpose. They content themselves with what is within their reach and are often oriented in negativity, complaints, and dissatisfaction. Life seems bland, monotonous and uninspiring from their eyes.
Which scenario do you think describes your life right now? And which one would you rather lead?
As long as you don’t have clarity on what your purpose is, what you are effectively doing every day is living out other people’s purpose and plan for you. There are two ways to live your life – the first, and what most people do, is to live aimlessly without a direction. The other, less trod path, is to define your purpose and live by it.
If you choose to live, you are better off creating meaning for your existence. This means to discover your purpose and to live by it.
What are you doing to fulfill your purpose in life?
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