Have you Discovered your Purpose in Life?

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Do you just follow along to get along or do you forge your own path?

Do you just follow along to get along or do you forge your own path?

Do you feel like you’re aimlessly walking through life not knowing where you’re going or even where you’ve been? Are you being pushed and pulled in different directions by other people or situations that leave you empty and confused?

Rivers meander like this weaving through obstacles, passing things by, and going wherever gravity and the shift of ground takes them. You’re better than that! It’s time to put your concerns and hopes on paper.

Companies, churches, and large corporations usually have a “Mission Statement” to keep them on track and to guide them through difficult transitions. Why not you?

'Hut two three four" Take that first step and keep going until it becomes a habit.

‘Hut two three four” Take that first step and keep going until it becomes a habit.

A mission statement is an overall view of what you want your life to be about and why. It is greater than a goal that details individual projects and desires. What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to end up when you’re 65+ years of age?

Clarify your position in terms of your faith, your family, and your dreams. Goals will come later as to how to get there. For now just set the tone of your life and what kind of person you want to become.

Once you have that list prepared, create highlights from the most important to the least. Now work on your statement. Here’s an example of a work-related mission statement:

“My mission is to use my talents and skills to assist, direct and manage the scope of my responsibilities in such a way as to make those I serve more productive and successful; in doing so, I will also grow and prosper.”

Emma's Birthday -- Looking back brings her joy!

Emma’s Birthday — Looking back brings her joy!

Here’s an example of a life mission statement:

“My mission in life is to use and expand my God-given talents and abilities in such a way that I remain true to myself, true to my family and to my God. I will do my part to enrich and strengthen the lives of those around me leaving the world a somewhat better place just because I was here.”

If you want to leave a positive footprint on the earth while you’re here, create a personal mission statement that will guide your efforts in being a better parent, a more productive employee, a supportive friend and neighbor in your community. Once you have developed your purpose, then go back and see what things in your life you need to change to get there.

Here is where goals come into play. Work on one goal at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed and give up. Life is not an event but a process. Taking one step at a time and overcoming one difficulty at a time solidifies your efforts into long-term habits. Once a habit is developed, you don’t have to think about that part of your list. You can go onto the next project, define your goal, and begin again.

Stay with it while you build a chain of positive habits that will assist you in fulfilling your purpose or mission in life. Good luck!

Enlarge your Vision; Sweep out the Cobwebs, Make Way for Tomorrow

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Many people are good at “compartmentalizing.” They focus on one crisis at a time, and they don’t try to multi-task. They are persistent and dogged until the job is complete; full steam ahead. But they are so caught up in the task at hand that they miss out on the simple and sometimes important things that are happening all around them.

Take the University Professor who almost never flushed. He assumed toilets were supposed to work that way. Was he concerned about water waste? Was he being overly frugal? Or did he simply lack common sense? No matter how smart we are (or how smart we think we are); when we laser-beam on minutia the bigger picture gets away.

Naturally, we all have our own work and play styles. As we age, we squirm around until we’ve found that “sweet spot” that gives rhythm to our work and enjoyment to our play. Our pace of life compliments our personalities, and we say we are happy – settled.

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This is the exact time to measure your existence with your dreams, and your goals against reality. Are you content in this predictable routine you’ve built for yourself or have you only settled into familiar ruts?

Your own answer will determine if it’s time to shake things up. Life demands it!  Every now and then we must give our lives and our minds a good spring cleaning. Sweep out the cob webs, pull the dust from the rafters, and scrub out the build up and grime caused by last winter’s dose of cabin fever.

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Have you forgotten it already—how stifling and smothering it felt? I find it difficult to be creative when I’m surrounded by clutter and the walls start to close in. Once I’ve put those nagging pieces of humanity away, it frees my creative brain for bigger things. When my environment is organized and ready, then so am I.

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Those who work in a studio are blessed with a space that is always ready. Some of us must organize a space each and every day, along with all the other conflicts of interest; but this daily battle actually gets the creative juices flowing.

Not only must you and I file projects and appointments in our minds, but we need exterior compartments to organize them. I once was an organized person, but since I moved into a smaller space, I’m limited. I need to work smarter, in order to work at all. I’m rethinking new ways and places to put files so I can get to them when I need them.

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I have a book case full of old books that I’m going to send to Goodwill and open up space for square baskets and boxes to store those files that I depend upon.

How about you? Have you opened up your windows and let the fresh air of tomorrow clean out last winter’s traces? Are you preparing for a more productive year full of positives instead of negatives?

Now is the time to re-evaluate. Don’t put it off any longer. Stir the pot that’s swirling inside of you; choose your direction and go!

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