HOW TO LIVE A MEANINGFUL LIFE ON PURPOSE
If doing what you love is such a simple concept, why are so many people not doing it? Relationships with loved ones, organizations and being a member of a sports team for example, can prevent us from doing what we really love. The old saying of “keeping up with the Jones” is true for a great number of people. What we are really talking about is the nasty word, envy. If you have envy in any of your relationships, you will end up doing things that can be meaningless.
“If you do meaningless activities for too long your life will become meaningless.”
The way that you find fulfillment is in doing what is meaningful, or for many what they love to do and stop doing the activities that are meaningless for the most part.
Excerpt from The Owner’s Compass
“Your Dreams are Yours, But They’re Not Mine
Ricky had just taken the last bite of his favorite dinner. The only thing that could make it any better would be to top it off with his favorite dessert. He goes to the cupboard and gets a bowl. He then grabs his favorite spoon and heads to the freezer. His mouth starts to water as he opens the door and gets the first glimpse of his tasty treat.
It’s vanilla ice cream with caramel and anchovies in a ribbon through it. Ricky loves it, he’s dreamed of creating a dessert/ lifestyle and this is it. Early in his life, his taste buds were formed with these ingredients and they tasted good to him today as they did when he was five years old. The key influencers in his formative years, each had a different compass that guided them and it became his guide on what tasted good to him. He was basing his hopes and dreams on their compass heading. If you asked them why anchovies were good in vanilla ice cream, they would shake their head and say, “because . . .” and not really have an answer as to why that combination was great together.
He sticks his favorite spoon into the half-eaten container and scoops out a large hunk of deliciousness. This is Ricky’s life’s work to create the perfect ice cream. He discovered that the only way that he could make his life/dessert any better was to add a dab of horseradish to the top. He was intimidated at first, but he took a chance and did it. And it was perfection on top of perfection. It was as if something deep down inside him was telling him that this was a good idea. He didn’t know where he got the idea that horseradish would be good on ice cream or that caramel and anchovies should be in the same room together, but he liked the taste of it.”
This is a silly illustration of how we can gain perceptions in early childhood development that can carry over into our adult life. Sometimes perceptions are so ingrained in us that we do things without really knowing the reasons why. When you read The Owner's Compass you will gain insight on how to expand your awareness, so you can influence change when leading others. Expanding awareness promotes enlightenment into what has the most meaning in life.
It’s Never to Late to Leave a Lasting Impression
Check out these 4 Examples People that Pursued Their Passion
1. Colonel Harland Sanders experienced many failures in his life before starting his world famous, Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurants. Sanders had been fired from a dozen jobs and even failed in his first restaurant attempt and even went out of business finding himself broke at the age of 65. He was truly a man of grit and resilience.
2. Actress Tina Fey was taking night classes at Second City in Chicago when she was in her 20’s while working the front desk at the YMCA. Finally, in 1997 at the age of 27, Fey was approached by SNL to become a writer for the show. She has since moved to New York City and has led a very successful career since.
3. At age 55, Duncan Hines wrote his first food and hotel guides. At the age 73, Hines licensed the right to use his name to the company that developed Duncan Hines cake mixes.
4. Vera Wang was first known as an accomplished figure skater and a fashion editor. At the age of 40 she wanted to be a designer. In 1989 she commissioned her own wedding dress for $10,000 and opened her first bridal boutique the following year.
Confucius is famous for saying; “do what you love, and you will never work another day in your life.” Take a look at all of your relationships. If you have envy in any of them, this is a big reason why you could be experiencing life dissatisfaction. Identify what you really want in life and take massive action in pursuing it. You will then find meaning in life and be able to do what you love.
UNCOVER YOUR DEEPER STRENGTHS AND BOLDLY EXPRESS THEM
Defining purpose is challenging and many people never figure it out. Determining where you are now is a vital first step in setting the proper course for your life. Clarify your innermost values and craft a personal mission statement that will become your true north. Gaining this clarity will enable you to uncover what is really important, why it is important and how to boldly express your purpose.