Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction – John F. Kennedy
The second level of purpose, as we continue to focus this month on understanding how our purpose fuels our passion, is rooted in our determination. Resolve is more than effort. Effort as we discussed in previous posts is the muscle that you put behind achieving your goals. Resolve and determination is what keeps you going despite setbacks, letdowns, and roadblocks.
Your level of commitment to a certain goal is directly related to your sense of purpose and we all know that without commitment to your goals, you will never achieve them. Unlike your purpose in life, your sense of purpose is what guides your every move toward your goal from the tiniest detail all the way to the finish line.
Sense of purpose is what helps you tick off action items on your step-by-step lists. Your sense of purpose is what helps you to save the money that you need to invest in your vision. When you think about sense of purpose, think about it as the fuel that keeps your passion running hot as you pursue your goals.
Having a sense of purpose is directly related to your desired outcome or the end result of your efforts. So if you have not thought about your purpose or why it is that you want to achieve the goal that you have set for yourself, you will likely lose your resolve at some point. Not to mention the fact that if your purpose is not rooted in something worthwhile, you will end up still searching for fulfillment even after achieving your goal.
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing – Thomas A. Edison
I once had a conversation with a young person who told me that his goal in life was to get rich. I asked him, “And then what?” He replied, “And then I’ll have a lot of stuff.” I said, “And then what?” And he said, “And then I’ll be happy.” And again I asked, “And then what?” He said, “I’ll just sit there with all my stuff.” I asked, “And that will make you happy?” He thought for a moment and said, “Yeah.”
Having a worthy purpose means that you will be able to answer the question; will that make you happy? See, setting your goals requires a sense of purpose that is not rooted in something superficial like getting rich or getting skinny. Making enough money to help others is a loftier goal and can fuel your passion. Getting healthy as opposed to getting skinny will make you feel better and you will live longer.
That type of sense of purpose will help boost your determination and fuel your passion. Setting lofty goals is what having life goals is all about, but make sure that your sense of purpose is rooted in positive things and you will go further.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living – Nelson Mandela