Purpose in life helps to bring value and meaning to all that we do. It is the compass that determines our heading in rough or troubled times. When we face challenges, we can look to our purpose to help guide our responses.
Here is a strategy to help determine your purpose:
Too often in life we carry our burdens with us from one stage to the next. We allow them to accumulate as though these burdens are battle scars that we must display. This prevents us from experiencing joy and happiness. Starting today, forgive yourself for your past mistakes and forgive others that have not been genuine in their dealings with you. Carrying around that burden wastes your energy and holds you back. Let it go!
As citizens of this great nation, we have so much to be thankful for. One key to receiving is giving thanks for what we already have. You might think to yourself, “what do I have to be thankful for?” Are you alive? Do you have a family, a home, a job, friends, etc.? We must appreciate what we have before we can accept more into our lives. Live with gratitude everyday.
Write Your Eulogy
Sound weird? Steven Covey suggested we “begin with the end in mind”. He was spot on. Every great accomplishment started with a vision. A life well-lived is no different. What will they say about you when all is said and done? What will your legacy be? How are you going to make a difference in the lives of those that matter most to you? Write it out. This activity serves two purposes. It helps us to acknowledge how we are showing up today and helps us to determine the changes necessary to better serve our purpose.
Write Your Personal Vision & Mission Statement
Part of living a life of purpose is defining what that means for us. Companies do it with vision and mission statements. The vision is the “view from the top of the mountain” and the mission is “the path to the top of the mountain”. Take some time determine your own vision and mission statement. This is how you lead your family, business, friends, and community.
This is a set of guidelines similar to the 10 Commandments – our personal 10 Commandments. “I leave everything better than I found it” is an example of an operating principle to live by. These principles serve as our core or foundation. When times get tough we will refer to these operating principles for guidance.
Establish Written Goals & Maintain Accountability
Align your goals with your purpose and find a person that will hold you accountable. We grow through meaningful relationships with others because humans are social creatures. Find someone you trust and allow them to see the true you and help you grow. Accountability will be a key component to maintaining a focus on your purpose.