This may be the most compelling word of all. “Why”. It motivates people to think and wonder. Children ask “why” of everything.
Without meaning, there is no internal motivation or purpose to take action and depression sets in. Without meaning, we don’t feel alive. That’s why it is so valuable to set goals for yourself. When we have a goal on which to focus, our life tends to reorganize itself around making it happen. The resources, solutions and answers start to appear.
Deep within you, you know what you are designed to do. There is a voice, a feeling, a sixth sense that tells you. We all have experienced the feeling that things would unfold in a particular direction, for a particular reason…destiny, fate.
I believe that all of us “know” our calling. We just fail to NOTICE. Marsha Sinetar wrote a book titled “Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow”. Things may not turn out as we originally hoped or expected, but the path is worth following.
Our interests and impulses are messages we should listen to. Follow your gut instinct. As Emerson said, “Desire is possibility seeking expression.” So, if something fascinates or fulfills you, you really should take notice. Your natural path may be calling you.
The key to tapping this growth potential is beginning the process. Take the first steps; act on your impulses. Find ways to enhance the world through your actions. Don’t start by looking at yourself, start by looking around you. What are you concerned about? How would you change the world if you could?
Growth doesn’t occur without change and reaching out. Only when you step out of your comfort zone will you be able to reach out to help others . Encourage those around you to tap into their hidden potential, there lies greatness inside all of us. Wake it up!
Your job is not to fully understand the world, but simply to enhance it. Make it better because you were here. Whether that be through an entertaining performance, a beautiful sculpture, a simpler solution, a kind gesture or a global movement. Grow where you are planted and branch out to connect with and help others.
Where Do You Look—Inside or Outside?
Goals that involve gaining something can be very powerful. Goals that involve giving can be even more powerful. When we connect with a cause outside of ourselves, we have more of an influence on others. Can you think of any of the best known businesses that did this? Apple computer was founded with the goal of making technology work for everyone. Ford Motor Company built cars that the average person could afford and use.
Disneyland was created to become “the happiest place on earth.” The New York Times informs us daily with “all the news that’s fit to print.” The great insurance companies began as a way for people to share the expense and reduce the impact of loss or disaster.
Look around you again, what do you care about? What would you change? Look wider. Examine your daily life, your community, your family, and your business. What are you concerned about? What would you change? What inspires you? Maybe you can change things for the better. Maybe the seeds of a greater contribution already live within you.
Write down your thoughts. I always say: If your life is worth living, it’s worth writing down. Notice what excites or bothers you. Think about it. How could you initiate some actions that would inspire new possibilities?
Grow where you are planted. Then branch out toward even more. Move toward your “why”, your purpose. Toward meaning. Meaning and Fulfillment
“What’s nice,” Walt Disney said to his friend and coworker, Mike Vance, “is to be grown-ups like we are . . . and to remember the kids we were back then.” Then he asked Mike, “Do you know what’s even nicer than that? It’s to be grown-ups like we are, remember the kids we once were, and to know that we have become the person that, as a child, we hoped and dreamed, someday we might become.”
“That’s called fulfillment and it’s something every human being dreams to achieve.”
Fulfillment is what happens when an acorn becomes an oak, a nurturer becomes a nurse, an explorer pursues a quest, or when a message finds its medium. You and I experience fulfillment whenever we are making a difference. If we are doing something that matters in some way, we tend to smile inside. And this shows up in the quality of our work. Not only do we feel better, but we feel better about ourselves.
We need to know that what we do counts. We need work that fits our values and talents, something for which we are suited. If we don’t find meaning in the job itself, we must bring meaning to it through the way we approach it.
Fulfillment comes when we spend our energies on what we care about, believe in and have talent for. Psychologist William Glasser said, “If a job utilizes talents, appeals to interests and relates to values, it will be fulfilling.”
People need purpose. We need to define our “why”. When we’re not planning and working towards something, our life starts to diminish, it starts to shrink. There are many examples of the fact that the more purpose we have in our life, the longer we live.
We need a definite major purpose, some reason to get out of bed in the morning. Something to challenge us . Brain research has shown that if we keep ourselves intellectually challenged and stimulate the mind we may actually cause brain cells, called neurons, to branch wildly and establish new connections. So stimulate your brain with a purpose and challenge your thinking!
We must have a purpose, because it’s the source of the life energy that makes our lives meaningful. Setting goals is so important because it gives us a purpose to live. That’s why people say you’ve got to have a dream, a vision.
Funny thing, purpose doesn’t come from outside us, it always comes from inside and it goes out toward others as some form of service or self-expression.
Are you living the life you were meant to live? When you identify the big purpose, your “why” that you want to go after in life, all of a sudden the life energy you need starts coming in to you to fulfill that purpose.
And you can do this at any age! How much you have lived doesn’t have anything to do with this. Look at examples of people who started when they were young with a clear purpose, or people who started much later in life.
We often need a cause larger than our skills in order to grow. Thinking Big, Dreaming Big is allowed and, in fact, encouraged ! Remember that the last time you felt really alive—a time when you were doing something that stretched your abilities and sharpened your skills, your mind and body were very active. Your purpose or goal no doubt tested you and made you greater than you had been before.
Only then did you feel fully alive. When there is a reason to grow, there is room to grow and a natural path to follow.
You must begin living your why NOW. Not tomorrow, not next month, not next year. You must begin living your dream NOW! As long as you continue to see your Why as occurring in the future, that’s where it will always be—in the future. Start living and acting as though your Why is true right now. Who would you associate with? How would you spend your time? In what ways would your life be different? Start today and create an action plan in order to reach your goals and dreams. What sorts of things do you need to do in order to reach those dreams? Write them down and begin to take action on them. Even if you can only think of two things, write those two things down and take action.
EXPECT TO ACHIEVE
The initial step in a successful journey is identifying your “WHY”, and then back it up with the underlying expectation to achieve. When you progress each day with the mindset of expectation, you look at every situation as progress. 95% of people get deflated over every little hurdle in the road and wonder why they just can never seem to maneuver themselves out of the rut in life. If this describes you, you will be a statistic of the 40-year plan, which means you will be one who is either dead or dead broke at the age 65 – this is a VERY strong statement but 100% fact.
One major ingredient of breaking out of the rut is when you begin the journey to achieve an outcome already expect your outcome within your mind and heart. You need to look at your life the same way you plan a trip — you leave Point A and expect to get to Point B in a certain amount of time. When you look at your ultimate “WHY” in life, very simply expect to achieve your “WHY” without a doubt in your mind and you shall succeed.
I throw out this challenge to you for the next 7 days – personally empower yourself with the feeling of expectation and you will see your results explode! Everyone around you will feel the difference in you because you will be focused on your achievement. The uplifting charge you get will enable you to deal with all the negative forces in your world without infringing upon your focus.
When you sow the seed of expectation of achievement in your spirit, all you need to do is work through the season of waiting for the harvest and you will reap your rewards. The harvest you will reap will lead you to your WHY in Life!
BELIEVE in your ultimate outcome and you WILL achieve it.
Now you need to visualize your own story in this article and what will it say? You have the ability to design your own story RIGHT NOW or you can allow others to tell you what you can do! Remember, you do not want to be part of the “Should have, would have, IF Club,” which years from now, you will stop and say to yourself, “I should have, would have, if only I knew, etc.! You have the keys to succeed in your hands right now. Make a decision today to become a success story and not just a statistic!
To Your Success
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