Had breakfast with my buddy Jon this morning. Sorta goal update and revival.
We got off on a tangent about “the meaning of life,” living your purpose, and other such things.
Living your purpose can be difficult because you may spend your lifetime searching for YOUR purpose – if there’s even such a thing to be found. However, you can live ON purpose right now. Today. This second.
Here were some thoughts that came up. Maybe they will strike a chord with you and be helpful to your achievement regardless of you goal.
Live ON Purpose.
Stop being an accident waiting to happen. I am a firm believer that you should be able to lay down at night and know you added value to the world.
This might seem silly, but the tip I left the waitress this morning for example. She’s better off. I left a tip on purpose. A tip she would be grateful for. A tip that lets me rest easy tonight for having made another’s life a little bit better.
You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to live a meaningful life. You only have to be intentional with the lives around you.
Plan On Purpose.
Scheduling your week is not just so the calendar is full. Have purpose associated with every activity/task.
“Walk for an hour” is much different than “Walk for an hour, burn 400 calories, and work toward becoming a machine so I can play for hours with my kids without collapsing.”
One of those is a plan. One is a plan on purpose. I bet you can figure out which is which.
Start On Purpose.
Let’s say you have a job. Let’s say you just sorta waltz in each morning like you did the day before. Let’s say you don’t find a lot of meaning in your job and you’re frustrated about it.
Start on purpose. Assign yourself a task to perform right when you get to the office. Something you’re going to do right out of the gate. This wipes out a mindless start that searches for something to do. It avoids, “What should I be working on?” Within five minutes of punching in, you can know that you’re living on purpose because you started on purpose.
You literally can use this in every area. Meals, exercise, work, play, relationships, goals… you name it. Start on purpose.
Stay On Purpose
We all drift. We all start strong and then get soft. It’s not enough to remind yourself of your goals each day. It’s not enough to review your plan. You have to know the reasons that anchor your goals. (In the 5 Stones training, this is the Cornerstone.)
You stay on purpose when you engage an action with a specific reason.
Back to the earlier example… Let’s say I want to skip my workout. The reason (Cornerstone) for the workout is so I can get in shape and play for hours with my kids. If I don’t face that on purpose then I will probably skip the workout and grab some donuts. However, if I think, “I am choosing donuts over my kids,” that’s totally different. That’s shameful. Because the purpose of the workout is soooo much bigger.
If you’ll plan on purpose, start on purpose, and stay on purpose you will live on purpose.
Success is NOT an Accident!
P.S. Thanks to all who sent in questions for the free coaching I held on Friday. You should have received a reply by now unless you emailed after the session time ended.