How to Visualize Your Purpose
Just why are we here on this earth? Isn’t that a mind blowing question? Most people do not know the answer. I know I have pondered this for a long time. Most people just get up each morning and go to work, then come home, eat dinner, do some things with the kids, sit in front of the television, watch the news and then go to sleep each night.
They get up the next morning and do the same thing again and again and again. The weekend rolls around and they take some time to enjoy themselves or do work around the house. That is their life. But is that a life at all? Is that anyone’s purpose in life?
Now don’t get me wrong as I am not throwing blame or fault on this type of life. After all, they probably don’t know any better. This was how their parents done it and lived each day and this is how they grew up. This is normal to most people. Maybe they think that this is all life has to offer. Maybe they don’t even think about it at all they just do it.
I can relate because that’s what I did for many years. I just got up each day and lived whatever that day brought. I didn’t even think about my life’s purpose or my passion.
Well I am here to sound the trumpet and to sound the wake-up call.
Do you remember the movie starring Keanu Reeves called the matrix? There was a scene in that movie between Morpheus who was a mentor and Neo which was his student. Neo woke up one day and discovered that what he thought was reality was just a world that had been pulled over his eyes to actually shield him from the real truth.
Morpheus wanted Neo to let go of what he used to think of as “reality” and his mundane day-to-day existence. In this day-to-day existence his true purpose was neither recognized nor realized in any way.
This week I want you to create a new world, a new reality for yourself, where you recognize that you have a purpose for being on planet Earth and to realize that your purpose is waiting for you to figure it out and then fulfill it.
If you do not know your purpose right now, then your first purpose is to get a purpose on this earth.
When you take a look back at the lives of some of our most successful people who ever lived, and even some of the current people living, you can see that they had a definite purpose and they knew what it was.
Some examples of these people are:
Jesus Christ— his purpose was spiritual and stated in John 10:10 which reads, “I have come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.”
Walt Disney’s purpose was to, “to make people happy.”
R. Buckminster Fuller's purpose: "Humanity's comprehensive welfare on spaceship earth."
Henry Ford's purpose: "To mass produce, mass distribute and have cars mass consumed."
Andrew Carnegie's purpose: "To manufacture and market steel."
Mother Teresa's purpose: "To care for and comfort the poor, sick and needy all over the world."
Keith Young’s purpose: To empower and inspire people to improve their performance so they can reach their full potential and achieve the lifestyle they desire.
I could go on and on about people and their purposes. These are just a few people who had a definite purpose in life and they knew what it was.
Now don’t confuse a purpose with the goal. Goals are great and I believe goal setting is crucial to achieving any level of success. Goals left by themselves can be indiscriminate and undirected. You can have hundreds of goals in life but may only have one purpose that we work for in our entire life. That one purpose should be the underlying core that gives our goals the direction and the meaning behind them.
When you discover your purpose you will put your life into crystal-clear perspective. The old world you once knew will fade away and you will see another world, one in which you are needed and is necessary for you to be in as you are part of an intricate spoke in the wheel.
Some of the saddest places on earth are cemeteries. And it’s probably not the reason you think of. It is not because the people are buried there, but because of all those dreams, talents, and purposes that never came to fruition are buried there.
Graveyards are filled books that were never written and songs that were never sung words that were never spoken or things that were never done.
You are unique and have special talents and gifts that no one else has or can offer. There are some things that only you can do that no one else is capable of doing quite the way you can do them. We all have a purpose, a reason for living, breathing and existing on this earth. We all have special unique talents and gifts that were created and given to us and to be shared by us.
Then your task is to understand this and figure out what your purpose is. You owe it to the universe and to yourself to figure it out.
THIS WEEK'S ACTION STEP
So I would like to offer this exercise to complete in the week ahead.
What is my purpose? You will not find this answer in a classroom or a book. This answer can only be found deep inside of you.
So how do you find your purpose? Here are my suggestions. One suggestion is meditation. If you don’t like the word meditation then how about some deep, controlled, concentrated thought. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Just relax by focusing in on your breathing and close your eyes if you need to but just get totally relaxed.
Tap into your mind, way back in that deepest, secret compartment of your mind and ask if this question. “If I knew my life purpose, what would it be?”
Don’t just ask once but keep asking. Keep asking this question until you get an answer and it starts to feel right. This may not come in the first or the second day or even the first week or two. But just meditate on this question every single day until you get an answer that feels right with you.
I say what feels right with you because that will be the indication that that is your purpose. It is your gut feeling and it just feels like a nice warm blanket that you can snuggle into.
The answer is there and it will show its face when the time is right and if you earnestly ask. This is like a beacon that will attract your purpose that is been waiting for you to ask this specific question.
Do this every morning and every night for at least 15 minutes until the answer comes to you. When the answer comes write it down. Now don’t be surprised if it comes to you during the day while you’re at work or while you’re at a grocery store or just simply taking your dog for a walk.
Allow yourself to be open for the answer, no matter when it comes to you. Remember that it also want you just as much as you want it.