Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.
-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.
Each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying acknowledging, and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they're here to do and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.
Without a purpose in life, it's easy to get sidetracked on your life's journey. It's easy to wander and drift, accomplishing little.
But with a purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be "on purpose" means you're doing what you love to do, doing what you're good at and accomplishing what's important to you. When you truly are on purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you.
Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.
Once you know what your life purpose is, you can organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity doesn't fit that formula, you wouldn't work on it.
Without purpose as the compass to guide you, your goals and action plans may not ultimately fulfill you. You don't want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning up against the wrong wall.
You were born with an inner guidance system that tells you when you are on or off purpose by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose. To begin to home in on your purpose, make a list of the times you have felt most joyful and alive.
Figure out what you love to do as young as you can, and then organize your life around figuring out how to make a living at it. Once you are clear about what brings you the greatest joy, you will have a major insight into your purpose. The second exercise is a simple but powerful way to create a compelling statement of your life purpose to guide and direct your behaviour.
Staying on purpose
Once you have determined and written down your life purpose, read it every day, preferably in the morning, if you're artistic or strongly visual by nature, you may want to draw or paint a symbol or picture that represents your life purpose and then hang it somewhere where you will see it every day. This will keep you focused on your purpose.
Another approach to clarifying your purpose is to set aside some time for quite reflection-time for a period of meditation. After you become relaxed and enter into a state of deep self-love and peacefulness, ask yourself, what is my purpose for living? or what is my unique role in the universe? Allow the answer to simply come to you.Let it be as expensive as you can imagine. The words that come need not be flowery or poetic, what is important is how inspired the words make you feel.