You can always find a shock of meaning or beauty in whatever time you have left. If we love such moments ferociously, we can learn to live well, not in spite of death, but because of it.” ~BJ Miller, Zen Hospice Project, TED Talk
1. Knowing the PURPOSE of something…makes the tougher times more tolerable.
Precisely why I try to minimize air travel for my toddler at this age and stage. (My fellow passengers, you’re welcome!) As a baby, she was content to stay put in her car seat as long as bottles and diaper changes were part of the in-flight service. As a toddler, she doesn’t understand why she is being forced to sit still for long periods of time on my lap.
Notice how knowing the purpose keeps you pleasant or inspired even through the less enjoyable elements of your job, workout, treatment, commute…or air travel experience.
2. Holding a PURPOSE…makes you intent-ful and focused in your activities, words, and actions around said purpose.
This is why deadlines have the ability to drive…or enslave us depending on whether the purpose is held as our own. Use your sense of purpose to assemble your agenda for the week, month, quarter. What do you want to accomplish? Notice how the answer changes when the verb is “want” vs. “need”.
3. Sharing a PURPOSE…aligns your tribe and improves your bottom-line.
Whether that’s a family tribe, a class tribe, a corporate tribe, or any other kind of organizational tribe, the purpose can become a mission statement or a set of values for everyone to operate under and toward. For example, take Starbucks’ stated mission:
Our mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time. ~Starbucks
The beauty of this statement is that any and every Starbucks employee can relate to it. From the C-suite in Seattle to the newly-trained barista in Panama City, all can feel purpose-ful in contributing to that mission.
4. Bringing a sense of PURPOSE to your goal or dream…elicits synchronicity.
With purpose, we become magnets to Universal assistance, signposts, and encouragement. Align with purpose to move with greater joy, ease, and harmony.
5. Staying grounded in PURPOSE…energizes the forward motion.
With purpose, we step off the sideline and onto the playing field. We find the courage in our purpose to release fear, apathy, hesitation, suffering, lackadaisical tendencies, and any other negative patterning that keeps us motionless…lifeless.
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~Wayne Dyer