Power of Purpose
Iím not here to make a living; Iím here to make a difference.
Living a life of purpose will make your life worth living. All human beings want to know what they are here to do. Mother Theresa did, Nelson Mandela did, and Arnold Schwarzenegger did. Look at Jack LaLanne; he is still fulfilling his lifeís work and living a passionate, purposeful life at 90-plus. Living on purpose is really living.
In the July í05 IM I discussed goals. There is a difference, however, between goals and purpose. Your purpose is the big picture, like a globe of the world. Goals are the steps along the way, like a local street map. You need the globe to determine where you want to go in the world, and you need the street map to zero in on the destination.
Your purpose and goals work exactly the same way, and you need both. When you plan your everyday goals with a well-defined purpose, you will wake up every morning champing at the bit because you know what youíre supposed to do, and youíll go to bed at night fulfilled.
Here are three keys to living a life of purpose:
1) Align your purpose with your passions and natural ability. We all have God-given gifts; discovering those gifts will unlock your purpose.
2) Be determined. Many people lose their direction in life because theyíre easily distracted or influenced by others. Donít be easily distracted. Donít be what Zig Ziglar calls a wandering generality.
3) Be humble; Zig Ziglar also points out that being humble is not thinking less of yourself, it is just thinking of yourself less. Live outside yourself. Donít let an unhealthy ego destroy your good intention.
Youíre designed for greatness. The world needs what you have. Now go live the life you were meant to live!