Saturday, October 11, 2008

What is Your Life's Purpose ?

Why Are You Here?

Have you ever wondered why you were put on this earth? Is there something deep inside you that makes you believe that you are here to do something special? That you have a calling to fulfill? That you have a life's purpose? If so, is that purpose, that higher calling, being fed and nurtured? Or is it dying on the vine from neglect and inattention?

"The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose" Richard Leider

If indeed there is a purpose in your life, and if you really want to discover it and then proceed to live it out, where do you start?

You might want to begin by asking yourself these questions:

1. What is most important to me in my life?

2. What are my deepest values and beliefs?

3. What motivates me? (i.e. What makes me get up in the morning?)

As you meditate these questions, thoughts and ideas will begin to surface that will help you to evaluate where you are now and where you want to go.

Reach for the Stars

The truth of the matter is, your life is already driven by some kind of purpose, although it may not be the purpose you intended. Your purpose may be basic survival - you just want to make it through another day. While physical survival is important, is that the highest you want to attain? Will you limit yourself to mundane, inferior soap-opera scenarios when it's possible for you to reach for the stars? Ultimately the choice is yours.

You need no one's permission to dream big. To reach for those stars. To chart out your life to live it to the fullest. To find your own personal purpose - your own reason for being.

Finding your purpose is not an achievement. For instance, you can receive a great promotion in a job you hate, and that would be considered a real achievement by many people. But is that your purpose? If you hate the job, probably not.

Overcoming Obstacles

Discovering and then following your life's purpose will be an evolving thing and may take many years. Obstacles will have to be overcome along the way. Those obstacles may be such things as fear of what others think - needing approval. Fear of the unknown - moving out of your comfort zone. Fear of failure - that you may step out to try something new and the bottom will fall out. Fear is definitely a dream-stealer. Only you can make the choice whether to continue to let those negative thoughts determine your actions (or your inactions).

Of this you can be sure - as your life's purpose becomes clearer, your life will begin to move more powerfully in the direction you want it to go. Slowly but surely, your days will become ever richer and fuller as you move with greater purpose, focus, and intention through this journey called life. Living in your life's purpose will bring the greatest joy you can ever know.

2 komentar:

bella21 said...

Highly inspirational! Thanks for sharing...

nandien said...

Hmmm,,,apa ya? Jadi merenung mengenai arti hidup di pagi hari. Semoga kita bukan hanya bisa berpikir tapi juga bisa berbuat.

Salam kenal Ica :)