Is Your Vision Clear or Wondering Where You Should Go?

The Truth re Genuine Purpose

Did you know that many so-called mental and emotional illnesses are really symptoms of a life devoid of meaning and purpose? A life of Emptiness? 

Having purpose is what gives direction to your life. It makes  even the every day mundane fill up with significance. But sadly, many live their entire life without purpose, allowing life to lead them instead of them leading their own life.

With over 30+ million copies sold since 2002, Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life says this:  ”You cannot arrive at your life’s purpose without beginning with God, your Creator. You were made by God and for God.  And until you understand that, life will never make sense.  It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.  Every other path leads to a dead end.”

Everyone’s life is driven by something.  

Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment. What is the driving force in your life?

The Purpose of Life is a Life Lived With Purpose”

Take a look at the successful people around you and you will discover a common thread: they know why they’re here and that is what gives them stability. It becomes an anchor in their life. Someone once said there are two great days in life—the day you are born and the day you discover why.

Highly successful people have discovered why.

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What do you really care about?
  • What would you live for?
  • What would you die for?

Passionate people have purpose and energy.

They love what they do and they do what they love. They can’t wait to get going and they enjoy the journey as much as the destination. They have fuel in their tank, this incredible amount of passion.

The greatest treasures on earth can be found in the numerous cemeteries across the world.  Within these cemeteries lay the buried potential of the multitude who played it safe all their life.  Doesn’t it make sense to dare to reach for greatness?  Playing it safe robs you of your potential.

“But passion can only get you so far. It’s only 80% of your purpose.”

You’ve got to answer these questions:

  • What do I do well?
  • What are my strengths?
  • What is my giftedness?
  • What sets me apart from everybody else?

There is a uniqueness about you: discover what it is, fine-tune it, work hard and grow in it. That is what sets you apart. It lifts you above the crowd.

”Being average never caught anybody’s attention & made them go the extra mile.”

People don’t pay for average. Being average never catches anybody’s attention; it doesn’t make a difference.

Consider this because it will set you free: 

Look where your strengths are and focus there.  I know this goes against the grain but what you focus on magnifies.

Success is knowing your purpose in life. But it’s even more!

Do You HAVE a Growth Plan?  

It’s not automatic. If you want to grow, you’ll have to be intentional.  “The speed of the leader determines the speed of the pack.”  To stay in front of the crowd, you have to continue to learn, grow and commit.

  • Highly successful people have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and are always asking the questions.
  • Highly successful people know their purpose in life.  They grow to their maximum potential and they sow seeds to benefit others.  They’re like a river continually flowing and understand what adds value to others.
  • When you find your purpose, protect it with your life. Begin seeing the pictures in your mind; when the negatives come to steal your purpose, change those images. Our thoughts are very powerful and they will be fulfilled, either good or bad. Teach yourself to expect great things, begin to see your vision through the eyes of faith.  Remember that your life follows your vision.  

Big vision, big life.  Small vision, small life… Dream BIG.

Here is a little exercise on TIME Management I love:

  • Write down the 5 most important tasks you have to do tomorrow.
  • Number them in order of importance.
  • Begin working on them in that order.
  • Do this till the day is over, checking them off.
  • Don’t be concerned with those who don’t get done.
  • You are working on the important ones. The others can wait.
  • Spend the last 5 minutes of each day making your “must do” list for the next day’s tasks.

“Work from the big rocks to the small rocks. That means key issues (money-making activities) are addressed first, leaving little time for non-productivity & the time-wasters.”

Stephen R. Covey tells this story:

I attended a seminar once where the instructor was lecturing on time. At one point, he said, “Okay, it’s time for a quiz”. He reached under the table and pulled out a wide-mouth gallon jar. He set it on the table next to a platter with some fist-sized rocks on it. “How many of these rocks do you think we can get in the jar?” he asked.

After we made our guess, he said, “Okay. Let’s find out.” He set one rock in the jar…then another…then another. I don’t remember how many he got in, but he got the jar full. Then he asked, “Is that jar full?”.

Everybody looked at the rocks and said, “Yes”.

Then he said, “Ahhh.” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar and the gravel went in all the little spaces left by the big rocks. Then he grinned and said once more, “Is the jar full?”

By this time we were on to him. “Probably not,” we said.

“Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went in all the little spaces left by the rocks and the gravel. Once more he looked at us and said, “Is the jar full?”

“No!” we all roared.

He said, “Good!” and he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in. He got something like a quart of water in that jar. Then he said “Well, what’s the point?”

Somebody said “Well, there are gaps, and if you really work at it, you can always fit more into your life.”

“No,” he said, “that’s not the point. The point is this: if you hadn’t put these big rocks in first, would you ever have gotten any of the other items in.”

When you work from the big rocks down to the small rocks, it ensures that the key issues are addressed first leaving little time for the non-productive and time wasters.  The important replaces the urgent, aligning your vision and purpose. to manage your life you have to learn to manage your time.

“People follow people who know their purpose, goals & vision.  

Purpose is the cornerstone of all true success…”

At your service,

Norma Doiron

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