In my last article I told you some of my story and how I stumbled on finding my true purpose in life. While it might be romantic to tell you that I always knew what I wanted in life and I fought my way into it… that would be a lie.
The truth of the matter is that for most of my life I had no earthly idea what I wanted and wandered around in a confused state trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. However, the key was I was searching and refused to quit. I felt deep down inside that there was a reason I was here and was determined to find out what that was.
You may feel the same way I did but the bottom line is that you were put here for a reason as well. It doesn’t matter that you are or have been confused in the past. You and I are kindred spirits and are much more alike than we are different so you have a reason for being here too that will make a huge contribution to the rest of us.
Now, let’s get to the important part. What is your purpose? What are you passionate about?
The best way to go at this is to imagine God appearing to you and saying, “You have been so good and I love you so much that I’m going to do something very special for you. You will never, ever have to worry about money again.
I’m going to give you $50 million to start, and if you ever need more, all you have to do is snap your fingers and you’ll get as much as you want.”
Now, imagine that you already own several homes—on a beach in the islands, in the mountains, a ranch with horses, a villa in Italy, a chalet in France, a bungalow in Fiji, a penthouse in Miami, or wherever else you want them to be.
You also already have numerous cars—a Mercedes, a BMW, a Cadillac, a Land Rover, a Ferrari, a Bentley, a limo or whatever other car your heart desires.
You’ve taken many exotic vacations to wherever you desire, to the best beaches and the most beautiful mountains, to Europe, Africa, the Orient, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands—anywhere you’ve ever desired to travel.
Now that you have it all and you’ve done it all, and you don’t really NEED anything else, what do you do with your life? What do you invest your time and your life in? Write a short paragraph describing your purpose, utilizing your gifts and talents to serve the greater good of all.
Use the guidelines below and remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can refine it later and that’s one of the key things to understand about this philosophy. It’s a work in progress that you will keep refining and improving over the years, just as I’ve done mine. You will grow and change. You can’t be fulfilled and happy if you don’t.
Here are a few guidelines to help you be as effective as possible in writing your purpose statement:
1. Your purpose statement should be written in statements of being and doing (My purpose is to be ______ and do __________);
2. It should include yourself and others (Being for yourself and doing for others);
3. It should be stated in the positive (my purpose is “to be this and to do that” rather than, “to not do this” or “to not be that”);
4. Make it as simple and as brief as possible for maximum impact;
5. It should be something you can experience every day;
6. Do not use universals such as always, never, etc.;
7. Use words that carry a strong emotional charge for you.
When I first did a purpose statement, this is what I wrote:
My purpose in life is to be the best I can be and help as many others as I can to be their best.
It was pretty basic but I was finding my way. That first purpose statement served me well and was the basis for future growth and evolvement.
Today my purpose statement is: I live in conscious oneness with God and I am inspiring and empowering people to know their inner power, be free and live their Ideal Life enjoying love, abundance, wholeness and perfect self-expression!
As you can see, I’ve evolved. You will too. Life is a journey and if you’re not growing and expanding, you can never be truly happy.
Start writing your purpose statement now!
Read this purpose statement often to make sure it moves you, that it fires something within your soul. Your purpose statement should drive you to keep growing and expanding, while also helping you recognize your connection to others and the contribution you are making.
Remember, you can refine your purpose statement any time you become aware of new distinctions or your vision becomes clearer. If you’re reading it every day, you will receive insights that will help you refine it until it becomes your driving force in life.
Now that you’re starting to get clarity on your purpose in life, in my next article we will start working on how to design the life of your dreams on purpose. Many people think that this is impossible but I’m here to tell you from my own personal experience and those of 100’s of thousands of people I’ve worked with that you can be the architect of your own life and future but you have to take control and do it on purpose! So until then…
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The most important question you will answer in your life is “Who am I?” In truth this is a question you must keep asking yourself throughout your life. The answer to that question will determine the quality of your life, the amount of happiness, love, success and wealth you will enjoy (or lack)! The answer to that question will automatically produce your results in life.
In reality it’s a life-long process of growth because as you expand your answer and you achieve something you once thought impossible, you begin to believe you can be more and do more, so you expand more quickly. Always remember that success is a journey, not a destination.
You and I will always act in accordance to our identity because we have an innate desire to be consistent with our self-concept. It’s part of the unconscious conditioning created by those who raised us. People who are consistent are viewed as trustworthy, honest, congruent, strong, powerful, reliable, people of integrity, secure—all very desirable characteristics that we admire. We’ll do just about anything to be consistent with our identity. Even to the point of destructive behavior.
Many of our behaviors began for ridiculous reasons. Why do people start smoking, for example? Is it because cigarettes taste good? Most of us who have smoked began at a young age in order to seem older, to be cool, to be with it, to fit in. We kept smoking because it became part of our identity and even when we eventually realized the destructiveness of our behavior, we found it difficult if not impossible to quit.
Discover Who You Are
So, if I were to ask you right now, Who Are You? How would you define who you are?
Most of the time when I ask people who they are, I’ll get a blank stare or a vague statement: I am who I am.
Sometimes people will describe themselves by their occupation. I’m a doctor, a businessman or woman, an engineer, a housewife, a mother.
Others will answer based on their dominant emotions or values. I’m a loving person, I’m an intellectual, or I’m a giver. Few people have taken the time to fully define and discover the beliefs they have about who they are.
To many people it’s a scary thing because they know they are exhibiting behaviors they don’t like. They are afraid of finding out who they really are for fear they won’t like themselves.
Take a few minutes, be honest with yourself and write your answer(s) to the question, “Who are you?” Understand that in discovering this, you will in no way become more bound by it. On the contrary, you can now find a way to be liberated from it.
If you’re having a little trouble coming up with answers, then answer this: If I went to some of the people who know you best and asked them who you are, how would they describe you? The odds are those answers actually depict who you truly think you are, because we tend to project our beliefs on other people. Answer this honestly, because you’ll start to get a clear picture of who you believe yourself to be right now.
Write down who you really think you are. Don’t be afraid, because it’s only by knowing where you are right now that you can begin to define where you want to be and make decisions as to who you need to be in order to achieve your goals and dreams. The more honest you are with yourself, even if it’s painful right now, the easier it will be to change. Trust me when I say a little bit of self-directed pain right now is better than the pain you’ll experience for the rest of your life from not changing. So do this now!!!
In the next article in our series we will learn how to begin to change your self-concept by choice and attract more of what you want in life and get you on the road to achieving your dreams! Until then…
Please leave me your comments and questions below and share this post with everyone you care about. Also become a partner in my empowerment community at http://facebook.com/carlosmarinlive and promote it to everyone you love and care about. The world needs YOU and your contribution so we can help millions of people raise their consciousness and get free in 2012! God bless and live your passion…