sexta-feira, 29 de abril de 2011

Have you a purpose for your life?


Don’t allow a time table, a chart, doubt, fear, insecurities, attitude, perception, your thoughts or anyone else’s thoughts to deter you from planning to live out each day with purpose

Stacie Harris, that I'm following on Twitter, has posted in her blog a wonderful post defining purpose. I couldn't resist publishing it right here. Having a purpose means you have a vision, a focal point, so you have a goal, then you have to make a plan and afterwards take action to achieve your purpose... With patience, persistence and perseverance.
 
Purpose (noun) has several meanings
1. (Your) reason for existence
Why are you here? Do you understand your reason for existing?
2. Desired effect
Knowing your purpose or learning your purpose is not enough by itself. You must be DETERMINED to LIVE with purpose, on purpose.
3. Determination is to intend or to determine to do something
Determination is also the desire or the resolve necessary to accomplish a goal

Well, what is a goal?
1. A target area (a place or space that one must go to acquire a desired result)
2. Focal point (a distant place or space you see ahead and aim to reach by all means)
3. Successful end of a plan created to obtain a specific outcome
To live with purpose, it requires:
a. Knowing your purpose
b. Accepting your purpose
c. Operating, Functioning; Living in your purpose
Knowing, Accepting, Operating, Functioning and Living in your purpose all lead to a Purpose-filled life!

However, they all involve «Acting», which requires you to DO something. Acting requires movement from you. In this instance, purpose becomes a transitive verb. It (purpose) becomes action.
- Don’t just exist (be a bump on a log… moving through life routinely).
- Don’t let life or outward circumstances dictate the purpose of your life.
- Be intentional to search yourself each day. What are you searching for? You are looking for those things that are in your heart. What makes you happy? What brings you joy? What brings you excitement? What brings you peace? What brings you satisfaction? What makes you feel that you are fulfilling your purpose?
- Is it your job? Is it serving others? Is it creating (art, songs, music, stories, plays, sewing, knitting, painting, collecting cars, riding motorcycles, cleaning, typing, working with children, playing the piano, cooking, planning other people’s special occasions… and the list goes on and on)
- Whatever it is, your heart knows your purpose even if you try to deny it. Your heart is connected to your purpose. Let your heart lead you to your purpose.

Operating in your purpose requires you to plan and planning means setting goals and setting goals takes patience, persistence and perseverance. Don’t allow a time table, a chart, doubt, fear, insecurities, attitude, perception, your thoughts or anyone else’s thoughts to deter you from planning to live out each day with purpose.