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Are You On Purpose...or Simply Waiting for One?

Updated on November 2, 2010

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“When forced to work within a strict framework, the imagination is taxed to its utmost—and will produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom, the work is likely to sprawl.” T.S. Eliot

Purpose. There are dozens of books, tapes, CDs, e-books, seminars, speeches, websites, sermons and more on the subject. You’ve probably heard or read your fair share. Yet, many people seem to still be searching for it. What exactly is purpose?

pur·pose* (pûrps) n.

1. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal.

2. A result or effect that is intended or desired; an intention.

3. Determination; resolution.

4. The matter at hand; the point at issue.

*(From the Free Online Dictionary)

If purpose is a goal, it’s no wonder a lot of folks have yet to find—let alone, set—one. Goals tend to be those kinds of things that you put off because you’re not certain where you want to go—yet. Well, I’m here to help.

Answer the following questions to the best of your ability and the goal you’re looking for will appear on its own as if by magic. They’re simple questions that you know how to answer. Once you supply the answers, the goal or goals will appear. Then, you can make the decision as to how you will implement them. That, then, becomes your mission. That’s right. You create your mission. It’s not handed to you from Somewhere On High. You have the ability, the talent, and even the time to point yourself in the best direction. OK? Get ready for the magic!

  • What do you enjoy doing most? No editing here. Just write it down, even it’s playing poker. How would you spend your time if you had few restrictions?
  • What are you best at? Don’t censor yourself. Get real here. No false modesty.

Now, think about how you can merge what you enjoy doing with what you’re best at doing and you have a mission. (The only restriction: It must help rather than hurt—others as well as yourself.) Just do this little combo in your imagination for the moment. No need to worry about how you’ll make it work. Not right now, anyway.

Once you have merged your pleasure with your talent, you have a mission. Now you are in the best position to determine how your mission will serve the world. That IS what it’s intended to do, in case you didn’t realize it.

Eventually, as you hold the picture of your mission in your mind and heart, the necessary tools to put it all into place will show themselves. And, if you are doing what you’re best at and enjoying it, you have stepped out of the crowd and into rarified air. It’s lovely up here—really!

The rest of us need what you have to offer. Create it, see it, feel it. Then, simply offer it.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo DaVinci


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