Every person on the planet wants to know that his or her life matters. At the end of our lives, we would all like to know that the sum total of our years on this planet equals more than thousands upon thousands of hours at work and the multitude of the possessions that we have purchased during our one trip around life’s block. If truth be told, many people end up spending the last few years of their lives trying to get rid of all that they accumulated throughout life so that they can downsize before death, and sell their house with the mortgage that they have been paying for most of their lives, that the bank technically still owns.
Why is it that the majority of the masses seem to be more obsessed with mere survival than significance?
I have come to the conclusion that survival sucks, especially when it keeps us from truly making a significant life and leaving a lasting legacy. A life of significance demands serious soul searching and sacrifice. To find fulfillment and make a difference in this world, we need to live examined and intentional lives. After working with thousands of people on four different continents, I have found that the essential element that empowers people to rise above the mediocrity of the masses to make a meaningful life is Purpose.
If we are not living by purpose, we are living by accident.
It’s painful to admit that, but it is totally true. If we do not have a clear mission or purpose that states who we are and what we desire to become and to do with our lives, then we are just waking up every day to let life flow where it will, without any choice in the matter. If there is one thing of which we can be sure, it will flow, sometimes slowly and other times in a rapid torrent, taking us places we might not want to go. Life is a beast of a river that we cannot tame, but it is not wise to be in the boat without a paddle or a rudder. Purpose is the rudder.
Maybe we are an accident waiting for a time and a place to happen. There is no better time than today, and there is no better place to begin than right where we are. We can begin by asking ourselves these questions
- Who am I?
- Who or what do I want to be when I grow up?
- What was I created to do with my life?
- What am I really passionate about and what do I do best?
- When do I feel most alive and fulfilled?
- What kind of legacy do I want to leave?
- Am I really happy with who I am, where I am and what I am doing with my life right now?
Only we can answer these questions for ourselves. If we haven’t done so yet, let’s make the decision today to passionately pursue the answers and begin building a life based on the answers that we find. If you need some help or would like to dialogue about these questions, and about the answers, just leave a response to generate some worldwide conversation about this. We are all in this journey together and need each other. Life is not easy, but it’s worth the struggle and it's much more meaningful when we have a purpose. Don’t leave home one more day without one.