The Message says, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”– Ephesians 1:11.
Regardless of what you choose to believe in whether its infinite intelligence, supreme being, science, or inner peace we are what we are because of our dominating thoughts. If you want to know how to live your life with purpose then state your story and repeat it, feel it, and believe it until it reaches your unconscious mind.
Your mind is constantly at work whether you realize it or not. Our greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence and if that is the story you keep telling yourself, that you are not smart enough, strong enough, rich enough, then that is how you are training your subconscious mind live. You can choose what you feed your mind. A mind subject to positive emotions nurture fulfillment and sense of purpose.
DOING YOUR BEST
The U.S. Navy Admiral considered father to this great country’s Navy, Hyman Rickover once interviewed and Academy graduate for a nuclear submarine position. He listened to the cadet share his knowledge on every subject you can imagine. The cadet poured his heart out trying to impress the Admiral. The more he talked the more he exposed how little he really knew while the Admiral remained silent.
What were the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu’s words? “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.”
The cadet continued his pursuit with a proud and powerful posture to sell the Admiral his accomplishments before and during the Academy. When his pitch was all said and done the boastful cadet waited for compliments.
The Admiral asked one last thing, “Did you do your best?”
The cadet impulsively replied with a, “Yes” but then remembered experiences where he felt he could have done more. He took a moment, swallowed his pride and told the Admiral, “No sir, I didn’t always do my best.”
Admiral Rickover stared at him and asked one final question.
The simple yet powerful question was a defining moment in that young cadet, who became the 39th president of the United States. His name was Jimmy Carter.
Every great leader knows questions unveil our greatest strengths. John Maxwell likes to say, “great leaders ask great questions.” Tony Robbins says, “questions are the laser of human consciousness, they concentrate our focus and determine what we do.
If you are questioning your purpose, I congratulate you because you are experiencing direct communication with infinite intelligence. You ignited the quest for purpose, but do you have the fight in you?
“Have faith in yourself faith in the infinite.” – Napolean Hill
THE FIGHT TO WIN
- What’s going through your mind?
- What do you want out of the race?
- Do you want first place? Why?
- What do you think the person next to you is thinking?
Everyone on that track is thinking one thing and that is to fight with all their might to get to the finish line first and win that prize. Every soul every trained body on that track has been denying themselves countless indulges, precious memories, and small satisfactions for months and even years that would keep them from performing at their nothing less than their best for that glorious moment across the finish line. Every gladiator and every warrior out there has endured enormous pain and discipline just to cut that tape at the end of the finish line and win a ribbon, medal, or a cup.
Would you say you are in a race right now?
What if I told you that you are in the race of your life? We live in an amazing time where technology is at a point where it’s about to break out of its shell and give us more abundance than we have had in the last 2000 years, combined. This also means we have distractions everywhere we look: on the road, when we walk across the parking lot into the grocery store, and in the palm of our hands.
All these blessings that should make us grateful for living at a time like this can also keep us from doing our best on the track of life.
Yet, there are gladiators and warriors out there that have that burning desire to fight and win for nothing more than fulfilling their purpose. The know what they must do. Do you?
THREE THINGS YOU MUST DO
1. Have absolute clarity about what it is you really want in life (peace, adventure, love, power, progress, to contribute).
Activity without purpose will never lead to fulfilment. If we never feel fulfilled, we run of juice before accomplishing what we really want that gives us purpose. Define what you would be willing to die for, and you will fuel your passion. You cannot live or love without having something or someone to die for. The great book says, “To lay down one’s life for one’s friends is the greatest love there is.” – John 15:13
We will never feel fulfilled if we continue to do what is easy and comfortable. Try to commit to something greater than yourself and then be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Even the bible says, “the soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” – Proverbs 13:34
We build our character and a more meaningful purpose with stronger commitments to contributions greater than ourselves. Go big. Reach beyond what you think you are capable of doing. Break through your limiting beliefs.
3. Stay Focused on your purpose
The greatest story ever told was the passion of Christ. He selflessly tolerated anything and everything on the way to his crucifixion: Cross, shame, and betrayal and now He sits next to the throne of the Almighty. Whatever infinite intelligence you choose to believe in study how He stayed focused and lived for his purpose.
We all have the strength to face all conditions in our lives by clearly knowing what we want and staying focused on our purpose. We become what we pay attention to, think about, picture, and say to ourselves. Conviction in our purpose takes on a new life and great power when supported with passion.
The real difference between a committed competitor and an amateur and between a cadet and a civilian is the discipline and desire to win. This is the same difference between living a meager life and a rich one. The difference for you is how serious you are about living your purpose in life. You have to be that Gladiator. You have to live with intention.
If you want to win, it has to be intentional not by accident or chance. Look at lottery winners. Name one lottery winner who is still a millionaire after 20 years.
“I know the plan I have for you, declared the Lord. A plan to prosper you and not harm you. A plan to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. How serious are you about intentional living and being who God made you to be?
I hope you found this post helpful and if you have any questions about how to live with purpose or want to share your experience, leave a comment below.