“Hey! You did that on purpose!” Answer: “Well, of course I did.”
What does it mean to live on purpose? Have you ever considered it or whether you are, in fact, living on purpose?
Several weeks ago I connected with Chris Behnke of Leadabove.com on Twitter, and he messaged me wanting to know my thoughts on what it means to “live on purpose.” No one had ever asked me something like that before and I’d never given it a ton of thought. Intrigued by such a question I buckled down and gave it some well deserved thinking time. My answer in 140 characters or less was the following—Live on purpose: Every action you make is done conscientiously to achieve the reality of the life you envision.
This is a motto to live by. We should all be living life on purpose, not accidentally. Why do we do the things we do? Because we want to. Because it gets us something or closer to something we want. When someone asks us how we got that promotion or how we got that job, do we answer that it just happened by accident? Probably not that often. They aren’t pulling names out of a hat for promotions or asking us to pick a number. Odds are you meant to get whatever it was you got and that’s why you made sure it happened.
Or, if you haven’t gotten what you want then maybe you need to quit waiting for serendipitous events to occur and start living your life like you mean it. (I believe in serendipity, but I also believe that no harm can come from helping those happy accidents along by changing your mentality and seeking situations that can offer more of them.)
Its time to figure out what you want and how you are going to get there. This is being strategic and I’ve mentioned that in my post on “The Simple Five: Steps to Dream Achievement.” Determine the best route to you destination, strategically and efficiently, and you’ll be there in no time. Well, maybe take some time for the side roads, too. Mean to achieve, but also mean to enjoy the journey!
Your goal: Mean it. Do it on purpose. Intend for it to happen and it will come your way. When you make a choice, consider whether it is furthering you toward your ultimate goals.
This post is somewhat of an intro to my next. So if this topic interests you and now you’re wondering how to “achieve the reality of the life you envision,” then please check back tomorrow for my post on Life Envisioned.
Please share your own thoughts on what it means to live on purpose in the comments below!