Live a Life of Purpose
Most people are sleepwalking through life. They don’t feel the pull of an internal purpose guiding their actions. They are pulled through their life by things like work obligations, school obligations, and family obligations. Their days move forward only because their commitments push them endlessly forward.
There are also people whose wheels have stopped, people who have lost their jobs or their families. Without these commitments to keep them moving forward, they come to a standstill, passing their time with alcohol or Netflix.
There are people, though, who don’t sleepwalk through life.
It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.
They get up in the morning not because they will suffer the consequences if they don’t, but because they are eager to live another day. The sun in the sky energises them. They wake up filled with a sense of purpose.
Chances are you know someone with a purpose. People with purpose are full of personality. They understand their life is short and that time is limited, and they know what they are doing with it. You can’t help but feel drawn to their energy.
These people know exactly what they are doing and where they are going, they do not hesitate to be risk takers and doers in everything. They move from one goal to the other, they do not linger and wait for things to happen but follow the creator without hesitation. They have a sense of accomplishment even if there whole life has fallen apart as they are ready to pick up and start again.
These are the people who will draw people to them with just their smile and laughter. They do not work for any one but will complete their tasks and responsibilities as and when it is required. They do not need to be monitored as they focus on their purpose and they know what they have to do for achieving that purpose.
Being a doer myself and being someone who has seen a fair share of failure and disappointments, I started looking back at my life and realised it was a singular desire to be someone who is not bound by the constrictions of society, to be a maverick that drove me to be who I am today. Picking up a spade and digging when every thing around me has collapsed has become a habit, and that keeps me going. This along with the blessing of the Creator who has always given hope and strength when I needed it the most has kept me focused to find the purpose of my life.
The question many people have asked me is that how do I know this is the purpose that I was created for. The answer to the question is I did not know the answer myself for a very long time in my life and did not care about it for a long time. Drifting from one task to the other as it came along. While being in that state I started seeing a pattern emerge and that gave me the insight into what I was becoming and the path and purpose I was created for. One of the strengths that I have is not to look back and mourn on what has not been but to look back and see what has been. Take learnings from what has not been and carry on doing what has been, eventually with meditation and guidance that the Creator gave me I was able to see my path and purpose in life.
Learning is a very important aspect of life, Jack Ma the Ali Baba millionaire from China said something really interesting
“When you are 20 to 30 years old, you should follow a good boss [and] join a good company to learn how to do things properly,” Ma said
. “When you are 30 to 40 years old, if you want to do something yourself, just do it. You still can afford to lose, to fail,” he added.
Soon thereafter, though, Ma recommended that people start prioritizing stability, family and the future generations.
Instead of diving into a new field or subject toward the later years in your career, he said, “when you’re 40 to 50 years old, my suggestion is you should do things you are good at.”
“When you are 50 to 60 years old, spend time training and developing young people, the next generation,” Ma added. “When you are over 60 years old, you better stay with your grandchildren.”
As you learn and stay steady on the path that the Creator has set for you, you will understand your purpose.
Never run after money and success, these are just illusions and will not last. They will just give you temporary gratification, look for beyond that.
One of the main aspect is liberate yourself from the bondages and shackles that this world has set on you. Think beyond a job or a career and try to be a leader. Even if you are just a waitress or a janitor, or working on a desktop in a multi-storey MNC, each one has a leader inside them. Take the lead and grow out of the situation that you’re in right now. Think of a future that can be.
One of the most important things to do is to stop complaining and living in the present and not in the past . I have stayed hungry and without shelter for a period in my life. That did not stop me from looking at the future and dreaming of a time when I will be doing greater things. This helped me to grow out of the debt and hunger and get into an overdrive to achieve a better life. This helped me to achieve in the corporates and then sent me onto a path of spirituality which helped me shape my life and get the discipline that was need to be here today.
Sleepwalking is easy to identify in others, but not in ourselves. Sleepwalking through life is like dozing on a hot summer day; you mean to get up and get something done, but it’s so warm right where you are… until you wake up and realize fifteen years have gone by.
It doesn’t help that society teaches us to sleepwalk. Schools teach students to wake up at the right time, to get all the assignments done or suffer a bad grade, and to compete with other students for exclusive recognition. All this in service of getting a job at a company where you will wake up at the right time, get all the assignments done or suffer docked pay, and compete with other employees for exclusive recognition. At no point in this process does anyone really sit us down and ask us, ‘what is your unique, beautiful contribution to society?’
Goodyear was exposed to rubber at age 34. “There is probably no other inert substance,” he said later, “which so excites the mind.”He resolved to develop a new form of rubber, as the rubber of the time melted and rotted easily. But when he got home to Philadelphia, he was thrown in debtor’s prison. Not to be deterred, Goodyear continued to experiment from his prison cell. Once out of prison, he found an investor and continued inventing in the house he bought for his family until he ran out of money. He continued inventing, selling household goods and even furniture to get by. There, on the edge of losing everything, he invented the rubber we still use today.
Would someone who is sleepwalking through life do something like that?
How do you know if your sleepwalking through life !
- Do you feel as if you have the potential to be one of the greats even though you haven’t achieved much of anything?
- Are you meant for more than this?
- Do you feel like you have interests, but no passion?
- Are there any unique interests you have, such as a consuming fascination with local flora or competitive tightrope walking? Or are your interests all weak and general, like watching the TV shows everyone else watches?
- When you wake up and start planning your day in your head, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? What is your first priority?
How to get out of the sleepwalking syndrome
The best way I’ve found to wake up to your life is to get rid of everything which sends you to sleep: the selfies you send on social media, the ream of TV shows you keep up with, recreational drinking, and any activity which takes up hours of your week with nothing to show for it.
Get rid of it all at once, if you can. If you can’t, it’s alright to take it slow; give up your least favorite TV show, give up your least favourite social media platform. In a month or two, do it again. Doing this for a few months can turn a life around.
Next, fill the empty time with things which wake you up. This could be interests you’ve always wanted to pursue, languages you want to learn, or relationships you want to deepen. Use your time to do what you’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s learning a new programming language, painting, spending time with a friend, or laying in a field watching the clouds go by.
The reason I never pursued these interests before — and, I’m guessing, the reason you haven’t pursued your interests yet — is you never feel you have the time or energy. Once you cut out activities which send you to sleep, you suddenly have this energy. Now that social media and binge-watching television aren’t sapping your energy, trying new things becomes natural and easy.
Knowing this, pursue what excites you and gives you a sense of purpose.
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