Achieving Success By Fulfilling Our Life Purpose
We all want to be happy and successful in life and yet very few people can claim to be as happy and as successful as they always wished to be. At some point in our life when we feel unfulfilled, many of us ask ourselves questions like, "Why am I here for?" "What do I really want to do in my life?" "Where am I going?" As long as we do not find the answers to these questions, we will continue to feel unfulfilled. The only way to achieve lasting happiness and success is by living a life of purpose. Most of the peak performers in life are those who spend most of their time thinking about who they are and why they are here for and then continuously assessing their progress in light of who they are and what their true calling is.
We are all unique and were put on this earth to do something extraordinary. There has never been anyone in the entire universe just like us. Each one of us has outstanding abilities, skills, talents and gifts that make us different from all other people who have ever lived. We have the capacity within us to accomplish more than we ever imagined possible. Each one of us is born with a unique life purpose and our mission is to discover the key role we are meant to fill and then to throw our whole heart into doing it exceptionally well. Plato once said, "There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do." We can achieve greater success and happiness and have deeper fulfillment by finding and living our true purpose.
Most people today do not know their purpose and they wander aimlessly and accomplish very little in life. They respond to circumstances, situations and events, to parents and responsibilities, and never take the time to sit down and think about what it is that they really want for themselves. They spend their entire life doing things that they do not enjoy and they work only to earn a living and to pay their bills at the end of the month. As Thoreau rightly said "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation," These people achieve only temporary success and happiness because they set and achieve only short-term goals. Once these goals are achieved, they still feel that something is missing in their lives and they feel unfulfilled. Most high achievers in life think and act differently. They believe in a mission which goes far beyond a simple goal. These people are committed to follow their purpose and do only those things that they enjoy most and which give meaning to their lives.
In order to find our true calling, we need to understand ourselves better and know exactly what we enjoy doing the most in life. We can ask ourselves questions like:
- What activities are most important to us?
- What do we have the most fun doing?
- What do we do where we lose track of time?
- What would we do if we had no limitations?
- What would we do if we knew we could not fail?
- What are our natural talents and aptitudes?
- What are the things we do best in life?
- What would we do for free for the rest of our life if we had all the money we needed?
- What do others look to us for?
- What do the people closest to us say our passions are?
We must dare to take risks and go against the norm if we really want to discover and fulfill our life purpose. We must be willing to do what our hearts desire and follow our bliss rather than follow what other people want us to do. Following our heart rather than following the crowd gives us much more chance to find happiness and fulfillment, but it takes courage and guts. Many people are afraid of being different, of not being accepted by those around them, and of standing out rather than blending in. We must always listen to the wise words of Friedrich Nietzsche who once said, "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
When we live our life on purpose, we become so passionate with what we are doing and become so involved in our task that we just lose track of time. For us, work becomes play because we enjoy every moment and spend our time doing exactly what we love and what we were meant to do. Confucius was right when he said "Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life."
Furthermore, when we live our purpose, things will just seem to fall into place. The people, opportunities and resources we need come to us easily and effortlessly. Joseph Campbell once said "If you follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be." The whole world will also benefit because when we are in alignment with our true calling, all our actions will automatically serve others and we will be making a real difference in the lives of others by giving real value to them far beyond what we could have imagined.
A purpose driven life is a life that we must all seek to live. Identifying and honoring our purpose is the key to success and happiness in life. We are all capable of become everything we want to become and living a life of purpose and fulfilling our highest natural potential is the greatest and most precious gift we can give to ourselves and to the world. Deepak Chopra was right when he said "Everyone has a purpose in life... a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals."
Priya Deelchand is a Life and Business Coach and Founder of Success Strategies Consultants Ltd. She coaches and helps people worldwide in both English and French using Law of Attraction, EFT and other powerful techniques. If you want to live a happier and more fulfilled life, please visit us at http://successstrategiesconsultants.com
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