How Do We Begin?
Have you ever read a book about purpose? I have; several good books actually. However, of all these good books, I have yet to come across one which dedicatedly reveals how anyone in the world can begin living their life with purpose. This is primarily why I wrote, “Unlocking the Mystery of You.” It’s because most of the books I’ve read related to this topic spend most of their time talking about what purpose is and why it is important.
Now don’t get me wrong; I am in no wise attempting to belittle these books or the great men and women who wrote them. Truly these works are essential simply because so many lack a fundamental understanding of this critical matter. Let’s face it; there are countless factors in life which have regrettably caused many of us to adopt either an inaccurate perception of our purpose or an erroneous rendering of its value. Accordingly, we can’t even start the conversation on purpose if we can not first establish the “what” and “why” factors as these form an accurate baseline of knowledge.
Notwithstanding, there is very little power in any model apart from implementation. This speaks to the proverbial “how factor.” That is to ask, how do we begin to live our lives with purpose upon grasping what our purpose is and upon perceiving why it is so essential to our very existence? Do you know?
Live every progressive model related to the superlative makeup of mankind, there are 3 high-level steps in this process; i.e. a fundamental step, a focal step, and a critical step. They are as follows:
- · Personal Discovery
- · Personal Transition
- · Personal Revelation
Now the 1st step (viz. personal discovery) speaks for itself. Naturally how should any man fulfill his purpose if he doesn’t truly know who he is? Then again, how shall he know who he is if he is constantly out of touch with himself?
Sounds asinine, right? Then consider this – many of us actually fit this bill. Just think about all the times you’ve done something which was out of character and ask yourself, “Why did I do it?” Here’s the short answer – you don’t know who you truly are, as is witnessed by you doing things which you (by nature) would not typically do, and possibly things you never thought you would do. We call them “personal disconnects,” instances where an individual’s perceived self comes face-to-face with their true self. They are real and a crucial facet (at some point) of everyone’s reality which makes personal discovery invaluable.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Man know thyself and to thine own self be true.” Admittedly I love this aphorism because it opens the door to fulfillment and every worthwhile pursuit. If you don’t believe me, I would ask you to consider this:
All knowledge begins with man’s understanding of himself and his purpose, and how these unified set the stage for his understanding of the world around him.
For this cause, the only way for us to find peace (and by peace, fulfillment) in this world, is by first identifying why we are here. That is our purpose. Then, upon discovering our purpose, we must assess our current station in life against said purpose. More than likely there will be some gap. The question is – how do we address this gap?
Endure the Process
This matter lends itself to the 2nd step (i.e. personal transition). Visibly the objective of this step is simply to progress from your current life station to one delineated by your purpose (your purpose being identified by a collection of activities and pursuits which provide you with the highest measures of fulfillment contingent to your unique, individual makeup).
Sounds good doesn’t it? Well, as good as it sounds, the honest truth is that this step is the lengthiest in this procedure. See depending upon how far you’ve migrated from your purpose, getting back on your “destiny track” can be both a complex and elongated process. Be that as it may, it’s still one that I would highly encourage you to follow. Here’s why:
Without purpose there can be no fulfillment – and although we can surely live without fulfillment, we will scarcely feel alive.
For that reason, I believe it is incumbent upon all men and women to dedicate themselves to making the transition to living their life with purpose no matter how difficult this transfer may be. For what do we have in this life which compares to fulfillment? What greater occasion is there but to experience the indescribable feeling of accomplishment, joy, and peace which comes by way of transcendence and the completion of a progressive pursuit?
In my opinion there is none. Nevertheless, the only way to complete any process is by enduring the process. So I admonish you to stay strong and endure the process while always remembering the following:
The greatest rewards in life require great investments, and thus will only be enjoyed by those who invest liberally.
So take my advice and invest liberally – and in the sure course of time, transcendence will be your reality.
They Too Shall Arrive
This brings us to the 3rd and final step in this development – personal revelation. Quite simply, this is the phase where you reveal yourself (in the light of your purpose) to the world. Now the awesome thing about this revelation is that it represents the most authentic version of you. As a result, people everywhere will be drawn to you because you will be to them as a light within a dark world of individuals who have little to none; for these are leading unfulfilling lives because they are outside of their purpose.
As for you, you are not only living your life with purpose and experiencing increasing measures of fulfillment and success. You are an example and an inspiration to those around you, inviting them to take the same path in their lives which you took in yours. All they have to do is follow the 3 steps and they too shall arrive.
In closing I have 2 questions for each reader. Here’s the first – what are the roadblocks or deterrents in your life preventing you from dedicating yourself to fulfilling your purpose?
Here’s the second question – are you going to do something about it or are you going to continue to live outside of your purpose and settle for incomplete measures of fulfillment and success?
If you are ready to do something about it, I invite you to visit me at www.lifepinnacles.com and find out how you can get started. See I’m not just going to help you discover your purpose and appreciate its value. I’m going to take you a step further and show you how you can fulfill your purpose by revealing to you the path utilizing a 7-step model I have labeled as the Pinnacle of Purpose.
D. L. Anderson is a speaker and life trainer whose goals are centered on helping others live a life of purpose, excellence, and balance. Drawing on 15+ years of experience in various fields including information technology, consulting, and business management, D. L. Anderson is very excited to be able to effectively teach others the same principles which have made his life both fulfilling and successful.
About the Book
Do you know who the most important person in your life is? Just look in the mirror and you will see – it’s you. Whether you’re a college student, a housewife, a salesman, or the president of the United States of America, the most important person in your life is and will always be you.
That being said, your primary objective in life should be to know who you are so that you can position yourself to succeed in offices aligned with your purpose. After all, your purpose is the collective reasoning behind your existence. As one philosopher puts it, “Purpose is the only real reason you are here, for you exist because your purpose exists. Thus apart from purpose, you have no authentic motivation for living. You may very well exist, but when you’re gone, very few will ever know that you were here.”
Now for some of us discovering our purpose is simple. We understood it long before we ever became adults. For others it is not so easy, and for more reasons than I can gather. This is why the process of personal discovery is so critical; for not only does it allow you to discover your purpose. It also positions you to persistently follow the evolution of your purpose.
This is important because we are all changing every day. Consequently, our purpose will also change contingent to the season of life we are in. Still, in spite of this inevitable change and all the complexities which make understanding your purpose difficult, you will always be able to detect your purpose simply because it is the source of your fulfillment. So if you’re in a job, relationship, or any office which is persistently unfulfilling, odds are it is not aligned with your purpose – and unless you are willing to concede the awesome measures of fulfillment you would experience otherwise, you need to start thinking about making a change so that you can both enhance your life and have profound impacts in the various groups and societies you are in.
“Unlocking the Mystery of You” champions this cause focusing first and foremost on purpose and the crucial role it plays in achieving personal fulfillment and setting the stage for the individual to be a catalyst for group fulfillment. It accomplishes this goal by utilizing a purposeful roadmap designated as the Pinnacle of Purpose. The Pinnacle of Purpose is a progressive path illustrated by 7 ascending levels which, if followed sequentially, not only have the power to transform your life. It will provide you with the greatest measures of fulfillment and success life can offer. All you have to do is follow the crucial, yet simple order of purpose, beginning with confidence and concluding with peace.
So if you’re ready for a change; if you’re ready to stop sleeping on your dreams and your truest passions; if you’re tired of the status quo and living a life which feels incomplete; if you’re tired of wishing your life was better and are now prepared to do something about it; if you’re finally ready to take that ever-difficult leap of faith, then this is a book you must read. Because in this book I show you how to take that leap of faith without falling, for when you leap towards your purpose, you will always land squarely on your feet.
This is true first and foremost because your purpose is what makes you unique to every other individual in the world today, a premise which thoroughly validates the existence of every man and women on the earth. The problem is that many don’t understand their purpose. Once upon a time I didn’t either. That is until I got serious about life. It was then that I realized what purpose is.
It is the collection of all your authentic desires; it is your passion. It is your North Star and your direction; it is your life-long teacher – and above all else, it is that which causes you to press through any form or measure of adversity until you unleash your maximum potential, for it gives you the strength to hold on when you have no strength left within you to hold on.