Now is a great time to find your purpose. When you know your purpose, it helps you jump out of bed in the morning. It helps you connect your work to the greater good. When you know your purpose, things feel right. Your get your thoughts, feelings, and actions all going in the same direction.
When you're aware of your purpose, you can make more impact on the world. Your purpose also keeps you grounded among the chaos. It’s your North Star. It guides and helps you adjust your sails to the winds. It gives you the strength to fight your good fights. When you fall off your path, it helps you get back and walk again. Perhaps, most importantly, your purpose helps you find your drive when you need it most.
Over the years as I have watched successful people, I have learned there's a common thread: They know why they’re here. Knowing their purpose in life gives them stability. And when others around them start abandoning their causes and jumping ship when life gets tough, these people use this assurance to steady the boat, to ride out the storm because they have a true North Star. It becomes an anchor in their life—a confidence based upon knowledge of purpose. Someone once said there are two great days in life—the day you are born and the day you discover why. And I think they were on to something.
There are two paths we can take to discover our purpose. The first is passion. Passion is a wonderful thing. It’s no secret that passionate people have a lot of energy. That’s why when you see successful people, they are loving what they’re doing and they’re doing what they love. They never run out of energy and they can’t wait to get going. If you find a person who has passion, you find a person who has energy. Conversely, if you find a person who lacks passion, normally they will lack energy.
The second path is discovering your strengths. In other words, what you’ve got to find out what you do well? What are your strengths? What are you talent, the uniqueness that sets me apart from everybody else?
Remember people will never want to pay for average. They never have, they never will. Being average has never helped anyone rise above the crowd. Average is average. Think about it for a moment. After you come home from a hard day’s work, you don’t look at your significant other and say, “Honey, we’ve worked hard today so let’s treat ourselves to dinner at an average restaurant.”
Average doesn’t make a difference in the world. Average is average. I don’t think success is a mystery. I think it’s tangible and achievable for everyone, but the secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda, by what you do today.
So take a moment and ask yourself, what's your purpose.
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