When asked to examine their purpose in life, most people become stymied. I am always amazed at the resistance that this question causes. All through school, we learn about things, concepts, and abstractions, but rarely is a person ever questioned about the "why" of his or her existence. Yet, what could be more important?.
Our purpose in life is the answer to the question 'WHY?" Why am I here on earth? What creative work have I come here to do?.Most people may cringe at such a question, feeling that the outcomes in their life are dictated solely by chance or luck; others may object since they assume that they should do what their parents, peers, or others expect them to do.Life itself is purposeful and we can all discover our definite major purpose in alignment with the larger scheme in which we operate. We are all designed by life to do certain things well.
Ask yourself: What is it I love to do?.Here is an exercise that will help you discover your purpose: First, remember the last time you really enjoyed yourself in a work activity. Then, ask yourself the following questions: "What was I doing?" "What about this activity did I most enjoy?" "How do I like to express myself?".
When you think about the answers to these questions your purpose will start to come into focus. Purpose is rightly the context for your life expression; if you are "on purpose," you will be energized, enthusiastic, and effective.Another way to discover your purpose is to ask this question: "What would my family and friends say that I am best at?" "What talents, abilities, and aptitudes do I have?" The answers to these questions will tell you a lot about your purpose.By this time, your mind may be screaming such things as, "You can't do that! Work is not supposed to be fun! No way will anyone pay you to do that! You don't have the required education," etc., etc.
These are called self-limiting beliefs. The mind loves to come up with reasons why you can't do what you love. When this happens, simply thank your mind for its opinion, and do it anyway! Don't let yourself be stopped by your own fears and doubts.
You can lead a purposeful and fulfilled life!.Finding people who are "on purpose" is very important to business owners, because employees who are "on purpose" are more motivated, more productive, and more satisfied. They are also less self-centered and more interested in giving than getting. By helping people reach their potential, managers can help subordinates discover their life purpose, as well as identifying their own.The key to discovering your purpose in life is to become absolutely clear on what activities you love to do and what qualities of character (determination, enthusiasm, creativity, precision, warmth, caring, etc.
) you love to naturally express in doing those activities.Purposeful living makes you more balanced. With your life in balance, you will be more effective in everything you do, including your work. Once you identify a career or vocation that rewards the activities and qualities of character that you love to naturally express; then you will have found your purpose.Copyrightę2006 by Joe Love and JLM & Associates, Inc.
All rights reserved worldwide..Joe Love draws on his 25 years of experience helping both individuals and companies build their businesses, increase profits, and achieve total success. He is the founder and CEO of JLM & Associates, a consulting and training organization, specializing in personal and business development. Through his seminars and lectures, Joe Love addresses thousands of men and women each year, including the executives and staffs of many of America's largest corporations, on the subjects of leadership, self-esteem, goals, achievement, and success psychology.Reach Joe at: joe@jlmandassociates.
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By: Joe Love