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Lots of people have written all sorts of obvious stuff about living on purpose. What isn't plainly obvious is what happens as a result of not living on purpose. If you want to see the outcome of letting others determine your destiny, truly listen to any person who blames others or "the system" for their lot in life.
Inversely, listen to any person who considers him/her self to be either be successful or on the way to success with some/most of their goals and you will rapidly find out what happens if you choose a purpose in life and live toward it.
Life as a whole is not much different from any of our individual journeys. It is easy to end up places you don't want to be when you fail to pick a destination, plot a course, and use a map to measure your progress and make adjustments for obstacles you encounter.
Oddly enough, we all start this journey with absolutely no say in the matter. We don't get to pick our parents, place of birth, or time of arrival. The good news is that not long after being born, we start to crave and seek out control over ourselves and how we relate to our environment. In our teen years we fight some heated battles with our parents as we assert our ideas of how we want to live. If all goes well, we age and grow independent enough to build our own separate lives and families.
So where exactly do we go astray and end up unhappily blaming others for our lot in life? That is a tough question to answer for every person who asks it. Though, one thing is the same for all who DO NOT GO ASTRAY.
- They don't find themselves blaming parents, teachers, government, community, age, height, weight, religion, or skin color for their lot in life.
Anyone who has successfully developed their character beyond the point where we learn self accountability stops blaming others for where they are in life and starts figuring out what to do with the time and resources they have right now.
Yes, horrible things happen to everyone. When we are weak and inexperienced like children, we don't know how to avoid these perils. Young children are forced to depend on others to care for them. Once we can read and ask others how they got where they are (good and bad) we can teach ourselves. From this point on we control our destiny. Even if we choose to live a life of randomness and blaming others for where we are, it is still our choice.
If you're still reading, you get it. You probably are also interested in some thoughts on how to better plot and maintain your own course in life.
- Be self-accountable through a sense of ownership
- Know Your Unique Talents
- Exercise Self Discipline
- Push Beyond Your Comfort Zone
- Set SMART Goals
- Maintain Balance and Energy - Often harder than it sounds
- Do Work You Love.
If you enjoyed this post, you should check out our free Resources Page. I placed some downloadable worksheets there that will help you build a life plan and set realistic goals.
What do you think? Is living on purpose with this effort? Is there an easier way to live on purpose?
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