What is my purpose in life? While not asked this specific way every time, I believe this question is one that most people ask of themselves over and over as they go through life. I'll begin this page with two statements that I think are absolute truths. An absolute truth is one that is always correct, in any situation.
Everyone has unique and valuable gifts and talents. The challenge lies in recognizing those talents and discovering ways to utilize them as they were intended.
In this page, we'll bring up some ideas that I hope will help you recognize your own unique talents and then move forward in utilizing them to make positives differences in our world. After all, that is really why we are all given those talents. To use them.
We move through our adult lives in jobs or professions, wrestling with finances, working through the intricacies of relationships at various levels, whether it be spouse-related or dealing with the awesome responsibility of guiding our children toward their roles in life.
That last one can be tough. If you aren't fully successful in finding your life purpose, it becomes very difficult to model the same for your children. As I've written in other pages, they do what they see us do, more than listen to what they hear us say.
I'll give you two examples of people who were able to answer the question, "What is my purpose in life?" These true stories came from an empowering book. You would expect that from this web site, would you not?
In the first example we find an elderly woman who was home-bound. She found herself contemplating her life and wishing she had done things differently. That sounds a bit familiar for many of us, even before we reach that "elderly" age bracket. I would call this frustration of purpose. We couldn't answer that most important question, "What is my purpose in life."
This lady however, kept searching and found the answer. She really liked this book from which this story is taken, so she ordered a case of them and mailed them to her family, along with a personal note. As she realized the effects her gift had provided for that first group, that frustration of purpose dissolved when she expanded her efforts.
She continued to send copies of the book with personal notes to friends, then to elected officials, to business leaders and to people she just thought might benefit from the book. She received dozens of thank you notes with details of how her gift had made a difference.
Her specific talents and opportunities were an ability to write short, heart-felt messages that lifted people's spirits and plenty of time. She recognized those two things and made use of them. It is never too late.
In the second example, also from the same book, we find an exceptional business leader. He owned several thriving business ventures, all of which employed many people.
His own frustration of purpose was that he felt like he should be doing something more to make a positive difference. The author, Matthew Kelly, asked him some questions. Just below are two questions we should ask of ourselves as we ponder "My purpose in life."
* "What are your talents?"
* "What are you passionate about?"
After months of reflection, this man realized that his talents involved creating successful companies that provided good jobs for many people. He was passionate about giving back. So his purpose in life was crystallized and the conflicts disappeared. He was very good at creating quality jobs and he was generous. His success allowed him to give away large sums of money to help those in need.
All along he wanted to lift up other people, but didn't recognize or at least fully appreciate how his own talents were perfect for doing such things. In fact he was already doing so.
What does purpose mean? It means defining in your own mind, what are your talents and what are you passionate about? This will take some quiet talks with yourself. I can tell you that it will be frustrating. It was for me. We are often our own worst enemy. We don't recognize our own skills because we compare them to other people.
Our own talents are valuable and necessary. We were given these gifts to use them. What are your talents and what are you passionate about? If you answer the second question first, I believe you will instantly see the answers to the first question. And then you will be ready for the next step.
I think finding your purpose in life begins with some sort of statement of purpose. In this vital area, I must remind you of what I wrote in our pages about goal-setting. Just "having them in your mind" isn't enough. There are too many things that will hit you everyday that will drive your purpose statement out of the forefront of your thinking.
Your purpose statement must be written down, just as you would with your goals. And for the same reason. You'll want to read that purpose statement. When you read it, your subconscious mind will begin to speak it into existence.
In his incredible book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Stephen Covey offers this as the second habit. "Begin with the end in mind." This will be a foundational point in your own statement of purpose. Dr. Covey also calls this "finding your voice."
He suggests four questions that are very similar to those referenced in our two examples in previous paragraphs. Dr. Covey relates them to the four intelligence levels in our lives which are...
* IQ for minds
* EQ for hearts
* SQ for our spirit
* PQ for our bodies.
I've listed those four questions just below....
* "What are you good at? That’s your mind.
* What do you love doing? That’s your heart.
* What need can you serve? That’s the body.
* What is life asking of you? What gives your life meaning and purpose? What do you feel like you should be doing? In short, what is your conscience directing you to do? That is your spirit."
I've included a link to his complete thoughts on this subject. It is only one page long, but very insightful. In our quest to define "My purpose in life" we will find the answer in those four questions.
A statement of purpose is very similar to a mission statement. Companies have them. So do most organizations. I think a purpose statement is vital for any individual who really seeks to fully utilize the talents provided to them. Our mission statement at books-empower.com is located at the end of the home page. I've included it in the next block for you as well.
We strive to provide quality content and timely information.
We present that quality content to assist our readers to succeed.
We provide forums to allow our readers a place to contribute their expertise and to share their opinions.
We seek to offer book suggestions to help our readers with personal development and financial awareness.
We work to add to grass roots efforts aimed at informing the people of what could be ahead and offering possible alternative options to help our readers thrive in the future.
Everyone has some unique talents. I have a long list of things I'm not good at. I could probably write pages about those things. But they aren't important. They won't add value for our readers, therefore they do not line up with our mission statement. And they do not help me fulfill my purpose in life.
What does purpose mean? It means recognizing what we are good at and what makes us passionate. And then doing something with that knowledge which will make a positive difference in our world.
I realize that I have a talent for recognizing leadership traits in individuals. Part of that is because I look for them. All the time. When we do things over and over, we get good at them.
I write about leadership because I know we have a shortage of genuine leaders. I write about an entitlement mentality because I see how it holds people back from even looking for their own unique talents. And that reduces the pool of potential leaders.
I write about financial literacy because I want people to learn from my own mistakes. And because of witnessing first hand during my time as a mortgage broker, the huge financial holes people had put themselves into, simply because they didn't know how money works. In some cases I saw the same mistakes in the second generation of the same families. They learned from what they saw.
I write about better choices in food because I've seen first-hand how bad diets kill people. We cannot cure all diseases, but we can eliminate many chronic diseases by picking better food.
I'm passionate about that mission statement. I hope my individual talents will make a positive difference. I hope my writing will turn on the creativity and vision in other people.
How do you answer "What is my purpose in life?" What are your talents and what are you passionate about? Figure it out and then go boldly in a direction that will make a positive difference.
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