I read a really good article today in the Self Improvement Newsletter I receive from www.selfgrowth.com It struck a chord with me, so I thought I would share it with you too.
The Top 10 Benefits to Knowing & Living Your Purpose
By W. Bradford Swift ©2001, Life On Purpose Institute, Inc.
As the founder and director of an organization with a name like Life On
Purpose Institute, I guess it’s not surprising to hear me say that I feel
that one of the most important matters that anyone can do for themselves
and the world is to become clear what their true purpose in life is and to
then live true to it. So, I’d like to point out some of the many benefits
to knowing and living your life purpose.
These are some of the benefits most commonly shared by the clients of Life
On Purpose Institute as well as ones that I have personally experienced by
clarifying and living my own life on purpose.
When you clearly know your life purpose, it becomes a truing mechanism
allowing you to focus more clearly on what matters most to you. Many
people report that this has been one of the most valuable benefits to
going through the Life On Purpose Process ™, especially once they begin
to use their life purpose to make their decisions and choices in where and
how they are going to invest their time, energy, money and talents.
For many people clarifying their life purpose becomes the key to unlocking
their passion for life. The passion becomes the fuel that propels them
forward in expressing their life purpose, often in extraordinary ways
beyond anything they would have considered before they clarified their
3. Being Unstoppable
People living on purpose become unstoppable, particularly the longer they
live true to their purpose and the more they allow their purpose to shape
their life. People without clarity of purpose often finds themselves
stopped or stuck in life, which isn’t surprising because they haven’t
tapped into their passion so they’re like a high powered automobile
without any fuel in their tank.
Living a life in which you are regularly expressing your life purpose and
allowing it to shape your decisions, your thoughts, feelings and actions
is simply a whole lot more fulfilling. A life on purpose is filled with
meaning, and people on purpose realize they are making a difference in the
world simply by being in the world.
5. Living a Value-based Life
You will learn as you delve more deeply into the Life On Purpose Process
(tm) that an integral component of a person’s life purpose are their core
values — those intangibles of life that mean the most to them. Our core
values are at the heart of all the values we’ve been taught we ‘should
value.’ Think of it like 3 concentric circles. The largest circle is
composed of our ‘should values,’ the next circle inside that one is our
‘chosen values’ — the should values that we actually choose to hold onto
and live from. The last circle is our ‘core values’ — those chosen values
that truly matter most to us. Since these core values are an integral part
of your life purpose, when you are living a life on purpose, you are
living a ‘value-based’ life, rather than a ‘lifestyle-based’ life.
Let’s face it, living on purpose is simply a lot more fun than living a
life based in fear and shoulds. People who know their life purpose and are
living it have a renewed zest for life. They can bring purposeful play to
almost any situation and find or create ways to have each day be a
reflection of their true joy and purpose.
For me, a life on purpose is a life of ultimate integrity. It’s a life
that is whole and complete. People who know their purpose and are living
it, know who they are and why they are here. They live true to their core
values as they serve themselves and others through the expression of their
8. Trust / Faith
As people clarify their life purpose and begin to live true to it, many of
them report a surprising increase in synchronicity and serendipity in
their lives. It’s as though the Universe is rewarding them for the courage
to live true to their purpose. With this comes a deepening in trust and
faith for most of these people, as they realize that indeed there is a
greater force in the Universe than themselves and they are an integral
part of that force.
According to the dictionary, grace is ‘the unmerited divine assistance
given man…’ and people living on purpose often report living a
grace-filled life. When you commit to living true to your purpose,
something amazing begins to happen. The Universe lines up with your
intention and commitment. Perhaps this quote says it best:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creativity
there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless
ideas and splendid plans:That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have
occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising ones
favor all manner of assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have
come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.” W. H. Murray
And perhaps we can summarize the other 9 benefits under this last one.
People living on purpose live in the flow of the Universal stream of
consciousness. Rather than fighting against the current, they allow the
current of what’s wanting to happen to happen. They allow what’s wanting
to flow to flow. They know that while they may never completely understand
or comprehend God’s divine design and plan for this Universe, they can
still be an integral part in its realization.
About the Author
W. Bradford Swift founded Life On Purpose Institute so people could have more fulfilling and satisfying lives through clarifying their life
purpose, which you can now do 24/7 from anywhere in the world with the
Life On Purpose Process ONLINE Program. Learn more
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