Jack Canfield, the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, says about purpose, “Each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging and honouring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take.” Yet in my life journey, I constantly encounter people more concerned about their destinations in life rather than fulfilling their true life purpose. Too bad these individuals cannot experience what Jim Carrey says, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
n regard to living with purpose, Ernest Becker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and psychologist describes man’s greatest fear as follows, “What man really fears is not so much extinction, but extinction with insignificance.” When asked what surprises him the most, the Dalai Lama said,
homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for
is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy
this kind of poverty.”
leading a purpose driven life…
- Answer the following questions to help you get started on your journey to discover your passion:
- What puts a smile on your face?
- What comes easily to you in your life?
- What sparks your interests and unleashes your creativity?
- What would you do for free because you simply love doing it?
- What do you like to talk about on a regular basis that brings out excitement in your voice and gestures?
- What makes you unafraid of failure?
- What would you regret not having tried if you knew you had less than a year to live?
- In order to live a purpose driven life, it is very important that you ask yourself some key questions:
- Who am I?
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- What are my unique abilities?
- How can I share my unique abilities with others?
- Who do I aspire to be?
- What do I want from life?
- What am I giving back to the world?
- What am I grateful for in my life?
- What do I definitely want to avoid in my life?
- What would I regret not doing if I knew I only had a year to live?
In his book, Finishing Well: The Adventure of Life Beyond Halftime, Bob Buford provides the following quote from Tom Morris:
Success should never be confused with wealth or power, rather, success should be linked to excellence and fulfillment…
I have no problem with money, power, fame, or status – as long as they’re treated as resources, rather than as goals in themselves. But that’s precisely the problem for most people – and why? It’s so hard for people to answer the question “How much is enough?” If acquiring money or fame is your goal, how do you know when you have enough? Everyone I know who has a little wants more. But everyone I know who has a lot also wants more. (p. 9)
#2 – The Choice of Purpose
This last exchange really infuriated the captain, so he signaled back: “I am a battleship – change your course ten degrees to the south.”