The second step of the Ultimate Success Formula is all about defining clearly what you desire in life. To create your ideal life, you must know exactly what you want. In other words, what is your Point B? To begin, let’s start with how you define success.
Today I personally define success as the continued expansion of happiness by knowing who I really am and expressing ever-greater levels of life, love and beauty. It comes about as the result of living life by universal principles with an accurate philosophy of life that brings happiness and fulfillment.
How do we create this philosophy of life? In my experience, the best place to start is with our purpose. I believe we were all put on this earth for a reason and that reason serves the rest of humanity because in reality we are all One.
The way to find your purpose is to discover your true essence. As you learned in the last chapter, you are an individualization of God so your essence is Spirit. When you know this, you know that you are unlimited pure potential and have unlimited power to manifest what you truly desire.
Additionally, we have gifts, talents and abilities that are uniquely ours and there’s at least one thing you can do better than anyone else. When you’re doing this thing, you enjoy it so much that you lose track of time. You go into what’s called “timeless awareness.”
Since the expression of your talent serves a purpose that meets the needs of the rest of humanity, you will be living your “Point B,” your successful, happy life, enjoying perfect self-expression.
Have you discovered your purpose in life yet? One way to do this is to examine what you liked to do earlier in life before too much training and conditioning took hold. What did you want to be when you were growing up? Was it something you really loved to do, like dance, sing, play football or baseball, perform in some way or be a fireman, policeman, or doctor? Think about it a second.
Many people will tell you they wanted to be a lot of things but weren’t good enough at any of them. Most of us were not that disciplined when we were young, so we may not have discovered our true talents and gifts… but we all had tendencies.
To be truly great at anything no matter how much native ability you might have, you still have to do it over and over and over to perfect your skills. The greatest basketball player in history, Michael Jordan, wasn’t even a starter on his High School basketball team until his junior year!
We’re usually interested in certain things during our youth that are in the same general area of interest as our core purpose. We will need to hone our skills and develop the drive, discipline and vision to make the most of our gifts, but they usually are in view when we are young and developing.
For example, when I was a kid I wanted to be a football player and I also wanted to be lead singer in a band. I spent hours per day playing football pretending to be the star running back scoring numerous touchdowns every game. Then I’d go home at night and sign in my room pretending to be Paul McCartney signing all the top Beatles songs.
My parents strongly encouraged me to become something “worthwhile” and “respectable” (preferably an attorney) since I had a facility for learning but I really didn’t want to do that. Since I lacked a dream that required an advanced education, I didn’t go to college.
I guess all along I had this desire to perform and do something that people enjoyed watching and made them feel good! I had no idea back then that there were many ways to perform and produce these same feelings in others and myself in ways that would bless all of us which I’ll share with you in my next article.
So now its your turn… what did you like to do when you were younger. What activities made you feel good about yourself and enjoy life? What did you like to do and what were you relatively good at? You don’t have to have been a superstar at it just things list some things you loved doing and had some native ability at. Take a few minutes to brainstorm this with yourself, remember what you felt and really tap into those feelings.
In the next article in our series we will use these affinities to determine your purpose and get you on the road to achieving your dreams! Until then…
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