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The great questions are those an intelligent child asks and, getting no answers, stops asking.
-- George Wald
 

 

The MONTHLY Motivator - June 2015

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The Power of Purpose

You already know how powerful it is to live with a sense of purpose. You’ve experienced it most vividly at critical moments in your life. You’ve watched yourself achieve results that have amazed you whenever there is an undeniable, driving purpose behind your efforts. Yes, purpose is crucial. It motivates you. It inspires you. It energizes you. It helps you prioritize your time and resources.

But what is purpose, anyway? More to the point, what is your purpose? That’s where things can get tricky. Sure, you have felt the power of purpose when there was something you really, really had to get done and you stepped up and made it happen. But once that objective was met, the power of its purpose would quickly dissipate. The purpose was a temporary, highly specific purpose, and it had great power. In fact, the power of that purpose was so energizing that you find yourself longing to experience it again and again. So that naturally leads you to look for a more sustainable purpose, a purpose that is not connected merely to a specific goal in a specific moment, but one that can energize your entire life.

So you endeavor to come up with a pithy statement of some kind, some line or paragraph that can express your purpose in words, and remind you, from day to day, moment to moment, of its power. But there’s a big problem with that approach. Many problems in fact. Such an exercise limits your true purpose. It trivializes that purpose.

What exactly is your purpose? More importantly, how do you reliably tap into the power of that purpose on a continuing basis? Let’s take that second question first, because the actual power of your purpose will do much more for your life than the mere definition of it. In fact, the definition can get in the way, as we’ll see in a moment.


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--Ralph Marston

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