Chapter 4: Purpose
In the previous chapter we discussed your desires and what you want out of life. This chapter we take a look at purpose and discover that unique purpose you have for your life.
We define purpose as either the reason for which something is done or created, or we define purpose as a person’s sense of resolve or determination. Purpose is the reasons why we do what we do. The WHY in what we do is your purpose in why you do it in the first place. While goals are chosen, a purpose is discovered. Our purpose is something we have been doing all along, and will continue to do, regardless of circumstances, until the day we die.
Every action we take in life has a purpose behind it, consciously or unconsciously, whether you think about or not. We eat because we are hungry, we sleep because we are tired, we go to work for money and on and on it goes. I want you for a moment to pause, reflect and think about the purpose of your life. What were you born to do? What is your mission in life? What can you do that would have a positive impact on society? What is that thing that brings meaning to your life? What is it?
MAKE YOUR LIFE A MISSION – NOT AN INTERMISSION
To step out of the ordinary and become extraordinary you have to have a purposeful mission in life. People fail in life due to a lack of a purposeful mission. Without having an all-encompassing purpose people lack direction, drive and meaning to take action. In a sense they don’t think bigger than themselves and in turn get little from life.
Take the time now to come up with a personal mission statement. One paragraph or a sentence that outlines your mission in life. This mission statement will give you the clarity and motivation to propel you into purposeful daily actions to achieve your dreams.
Steven R. Covey said it best “The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focuses on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based. Because each individual is unique, a personal mission statement will reflect that uniqueness, both in content and form”
We all have a purpose in life, a unique gift or special talent to give to others. Find out what it is and give it away, this should be your mission in life. Viktor Frankl said “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”
The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Detect your mission in life and follow it.
DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE
Napoleon Hill’s famous book “Think and Grow Rich” talks a lot about the principle of definiteness of purpose. Napoleon Hill wrote the following:
- 98 out of every 100 people fail all through life because they do not follow the principle of working with definiteness of purpose.
- A definite purpose serves as a road-map which charts the direct route to the end of one’s journey.
- Definiteness of purpose fixes one’s habits so that they are taken over by the sub-conscious mind and used as a motivating force (involuntarily) in driving toward one’s goal.
- Lack of a well-defined purpose in life. There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim.
How awesome and powerful this one simple concept is amazes me. Having a fixed mindset on a purpose literally hardwires you to achieve that very purpose. The principle is easy to understand and apply, anyone can but not everyone will. Become obsessed about your mission and purpose in life, think about it constantly and take daily action towards its achievement. Simple and Powerful.
QUOTES ON PURPOSE
- A Magnificent Obsession will conquer in spite of the obstacles that stand in its way. (W. Clement Stone)
- A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road. (Thomas Carlyle)
- All of these people have discovered a reason, a consuming, energizing, almost obsessive purpose that drives them to do, to grow, and to be more! It gives them the fuel that powers their success train and causes them to tap their true potential. (Anthony Robbins)
- All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. (J.R.R. Tolkien)
- Are you going to keep both hands firmly on the wheel and control and direct its power to a specific, worthwhile purpose? It’s up to you: You’re in the driver’s seat. (Earl Nightingale)
- Create a noble aim for your life, then make use of every moment to achieve it. (Tom Hopkins)
- Create a vision of who you want to be, and then live in that picture as if it were already true. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
- Everything comes if a man will only wait. I have brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will that will stake even existence for its fulfillment. (Benjamin Disraeli)
- Have the courage to seek your highest purpose instead of simply looking for another job. (Cheryl Richardson)
- Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for. (Bryant H. McGill)
- Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t. (Richard Bach)
- History is rich in the recital of men who have hitched their wagon to a star, a single star and ridden in into the heights of great achievement. (Napoleon Hill)
- If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it. (Erada)
- If you could have as a gift your dearest wish fulfilled, the wish that lies closer to your heart, the thing that you want most in the world, what would you choose. (Paul Speicher)
- If you don’t have a vision that gets you out of bed in the morning, go back to sleep until you find one that does. (Lewis Howes)
- It is much better to be a person ‘marked out for great things’ whose large aims are pulling you along to their accomplishment, gathering goodwill as you go. The added benefit of this larger view is that it helps put the small obstacles and inconveniences of daily life into perspective. (Tom Hopkins)
- Jobs come and go, but what is your real contribution to society, what is your purpose? (Jim Loehr)
- Knowing your life purpose is the most powerful information you can acquire in a whole lifetime. Knowing your life purpose means knowing who you truly are which in turns means doing only those things which resonate with your authentic talents and motivations. Life becomes effortless. On the other hand not being aligned with your life purpose means creating friction and wasting time and energy doing things which do not flow with you. (Gilbert Ross)
- Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24 hour days. (Zig Ziglar)
- Life does seem to clear a path for those who know what they want. Nature respects purpose. Writing things down clarifies your purpose in a way that idle thought cannot. (Catherine Ponder)
- Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose. (Viktor E. Frankl)
- More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent. (Billy Sunday)
- My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose. (Bette Davis)
- Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the minds as a steady purpose – a point on which the soil may fix its intellectual eye. (Mary Shelley)
- Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life. (Victor Frankl)
- Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. (Dalai Lama)
- People can have anything they want. The trouble is that they don’t know what they want. (Earl Nightingale)
- People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experience on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. (Joseph Campbell)
- Picture in your mind a sense of personal destiny. (Wayne Oates)
- Purpose is what gives life a meaning. (Charles Henry Parkhurst)
- Reasons come first. Answers come second. (Jim Rohn)
- Singleness of purpose forces one to specialize and specialization tends toward perfection. (Napoleon Hill)
- Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim. (John D. Rockefeller, Jnr.)
- That purpose shapes destiny. (Stephen R. Covey)
- The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing that you had. (Unknown)
- The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do. (Pablo Casals)
- The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. (Helen Keller)
- The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. (Malcolm Forbes)
- The purpose of our lives is to be happy. (Dalai Lama)
- The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. (Morihei Ueshiba)
- The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking. (Christopher Morley)
- The secret of success is consistency to purpose. (Benjamin Disraeli)
- The stars are those who have simply given their dedication, their singleness of purpose, their days and nights, weeks and months and years. (Earl Nightingale)
- The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. (Mark Twain)
- The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
- There is a time and place for diversion and amusements, but you should never allow them to override your true purposes. (Epictetus)
- Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how.’ (Viktor E. Frankl)
- To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. (James Allen)
- To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
- Vision without action is a dream. Actions without vision are a nightmare. (Japanese proverb)
- Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose. (Bo Bennett)
- With definiteness of aim, or the knowledge that what you are doing is worth your time, you will excel at the task. A job may earn you money, but a vocation earns self-respect. (Orison Swett Marden)
- You need both vision and action to achieve great things. Vision guides you; action propels you. But most people settle for the dream, because it is free and easy. It doesn’t require action or hustle, which comes at a heavy price sometimes. Most aren’t willing to pay the price. (Lewis Howes)
- You should never miss an opportunity to act upon your faith or beliefs because you could be the last person to influence someone, to give him courage, or to inspire him. None of us know when our own time will come to move from this life to the next. That is why you should define your purpose in life. Decide what you know based on facts as well as what you believe based on faith. Then take action to fulfil your purpose according to those convictions. You will never regret living that way. (Nick Vujicic)
- Your vision will become more clear when you distance yourself from negativity. (Unknown)
- Your vision won’t come to life without your assuming some risk or taking some action. Mistakes will happen no matter what. It’s part of the game; it’s part of life! (Lewis Howes)
- Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it. (Buddha)
- Your selection of a major definite purpose, the one goal that is more important to you than any other, is the starting point of massive success. (Brian Tracy)
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Chapter 4: Purpose
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