Robert Byrne is cited as having originated the profound quote:
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~Robert Byrne, author
This is profound because it is so true. No matter whether we’re able to do the work we love we should be able to love the work we do.
Even Dogs Need a Purpose
Our dogs get restless if we don’t walk them and play with them. Cesar Milan, a.k.a. The Dog Whisperer says that dogs need three things, and in this order: Exercise, discipline and affection.
Our dogs believe their purpose is to keep us company, get us up and moving and to patrol and protect our home and neighborhood. Oh, and to play of course! Dogs are at their happiest when they’re active and doing something. It’s the same for people.
If you’re feeling stagnant, frustrated, depressed and lost, the first steps out of that is through motion. You need to get vigorous, get moving and change your physical state. That stimulates your circulatory system and boosts your energy, which in turn, boosts your sense of being and of hope.
You may have assumed I’d say that you should meditate. Well yes, but not as the first thing. To meditate while in a negative state can make things worse for some people, especially if you’re new to meditation. In meditation, your “monkey brain” can create a ruckus with its antics and rattle the mental cage as it swings from problem to problem, argument to argument, worry to worry.
The next thing you need to do is to change your story. Instead of dwelling on how bad you feel, reframe your challenges into opportunities. People who have faced tragedy were forced by circumstance to gain perspective and deep appreciation on what’s really important.
Don’t wait for tragedy to make space for what really matters in your life. Carpe diem. Carpe momentum!
If you don’t feel connected to any particular purpose and aren’t sure what it is that you’re here to do, don’t worry! That’s absolutely normal, and you’re actually in the majority. Most people go through life without even asking that question. That you’re asking and seeking means you’re already ahead of the game.
But there’s actually good news in not knowing your purpose. Author James Altucher says it this way:
Forget purpose. It’s okay to be happy without one. The quest for a single purpose has ruined many lives. ~James Altucher, author, entrepreneur
So rather than spend time seeking out your purpose, get busy living the life you’d like to live to the extent possible. In that journey you will find your way. So your task is not to seek purpose, but rather, to live more fully. Do more of what lights you up and that will light your way to greater purpose.
Finding Purpose in Presence
For many, the James Altucher quote and concept is contrary to how we typically think and speak of purpose. But when we move beyond the memes of our conditioning, we can begin to see the wisdom and profundity of this perspective, and it can be incredibly liberating.
It’s far more common for people to stress over finding their all-encompassing life purpose… the “one thing” they’re here to do. It’s excellent to steadily steer by purpose, however feeling as if the big life purpose has not been found keeps many from the kind of progress that’s possible, and from excelling as much as they’re capable of doing. And more importantly, it can keep you from living fully in the present and enjoying the journey and the purpose in each day.
You don’t need to seek purpose.
To seek purpose is to delay living in the present.
Live fully in the present and your purpose will find you.
🔭 Seeking purpose is like focusing on the destination rather than enjoying the journey.
🔭 Seeking purpose is like living for “when”, rather than living each moment fully present in the “now”.
🔎 Seek the power of the present, and the present will reveal your power.
💫 Invite wonder into your moments, and your moments of wonder will grow.
☀ Where you find wonder, you will also find clues to purpose.
Invite wonder into your moments, and your moments of wonder will grow.
Don’t worry about finding your perfect purpose. Just head in that general direction and your purpose will unfold in wonderful ways that increasingly enrich your days.
Anguishing over just what it is that one is here to do has caused too many people to stall into a tailspin, and despair at never finding their “true purpose”. Too many feel paralyzed by lack of direction and decision. They lose vision, and eventually give up the shadow of their dreams.
It is sad and irreversible to get to the end of one’s life and not be fulfilled… to feel life has slipped away, unlived. Don’t let that happen to you.
It’s never too late to create greater meaning in the moments. The more meaning we make, the more purpose we discover.
The good news is that now is the time to create your present and future. Begin now, today, in moving one step closer in the direction of your dreams. You may have to dig them out and dust them off. Don’t delay, just do. Don’t fret the past. Today is a new day; one that has never happened before in the history of mankind… in the history of you.
Your story is not finished. Write the story you want to love and head in that direction daily.