We often throw the word “Purpose” around on a day to day basis in very many situations in life. I personally love the word because it has a certain weight to it that I like to associate myself with. So lately since moving to Austin, TX I’ve been fortunate to meet with very wonderful people. People who have achieved a lot in the personal and professional lives and in the grand scheme of things, I look up to.
In meeting with people, I like to find something I can relate to in their lives and ask open ended questions about thought process, values etc. What drives them to achieve as they live their lives and what has driven them so far to get to where they are. One thing that I’ve seen consistently is that these people have always had a general thought or idea as to what the desired result should be with their lives. I’d love to call it “living with intention”. Knowing that this is the reason I exist and as such letting that guide their every move.
The easiest way to live life is to simply wake up every morning, go through the motions, take things as they come and say “well, this has been an awesome day” or “this has been a really shitty day”. I lived that way for a very long time; looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places, pursuing some form of happiness that always seemed to elude me just when I thought I had figured it out, that type stuff. But then at some point we all need to sit down and ask ourselves what we really want out of our lives. What is the reason I exist? I choose not to believe we are here to just keep trying things out, hitting and missing and just waiting on the next big thing. I call that “living by accident”.
Back to the premise, the only reason these successful people made it to where they are now is because even if they didn’t find a purpose from the beginning, at some point on the way, they had to give some serious thought to exactly what their desired outcome was. This is not to say we should necessarily have a life “game plan” even though there are benefits attached to that as well but then, existing, weathering through challenges and making choices are things that should be driven by a clear and overarching knowledge of what our desired outcome is. That is the only way you can genuinely tell yourself “I’m a successful person” and carry yourself with confidence regardless of what the rest of the world thinks about you. That in my opinion is fulfillment and if positive, will take you to heights even you cannot imagine.
Whatever we choose to call it; purpose, desired outcome, desired results, intentions etc. It is extremely important to have one of those not only for our lives as a big picture but the little short term details we deal with daily. Before you take that job, does it align with your desired outcome from life? Before you go for that degree? Before you step in your car and drive down there? When we know where we’re going, its way more fulfilling to live through today’s wins and challenges. Even when “life happens”, its easier to pick ourselves up and continue winning because we have that clear desired outcome in mind.
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