Success at finding purpose, like all successes, seems to have a pattern to it. What will help me to see and understand my purpose, and to grow in ways such that I may learn to live my passion?
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Entrée: Passion for
Pizzazz by Keith Varnum
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Personal power is the ability to attract what we chose to have in life. It means that we have authority (authorship) over the script of our life—as in the head screenwriter of a movie. We are in command of our earthly dominion, master of our destiny.
Being the ruler of our world—in charge of our fate—requires energy, might, strength, stamina. In other words, power in its basic, raw sense. Your cosmic destiny rocket needs fuel to take off. You need a source of energy that can propel you into permanent orbit. You need a source of thrust to overcome the gravitational pull of cultural and personal programming—the limiting beliefs and feelings that keep us earth-bound.
And to generate a whole lifetime of adventure and wonder, we need a vast source for this energy, a deep well of power. Fortunately, we all do possess such an infinite reserve of creative power—the passion we feel for our true calling, our life purpose.
Your deep excitement for expressing your unique spirit can lift you to the heights. This passion provides the power to reach your dream. Enthusiasm funds the dream. Exhilaration feeds the dream. Your exuberance attracts the people and assistance to build your castle. The electricity of your enjoyment of your special adventure lights you up from the inside. Your inner radiance shines through. People are enticed by your eagerness, your inner fire, your glow. The joy of self-expression is your secret juice. Natural charisma acts like a magnet to draw in the human and financial support you need to soar. Authentic aliveness is very contagious.
As you take off, you feel ever more vigorous and enthralled. High on life, you have the vitality to meet any challenge. And your ever-deepening delight fills up every pore of your being so that doubt and fear cannot find a place to reside in your holy temple.
Haven't quite figured out where your passion lies? Focus less on your skills (what you can do) or your resume (what you have done). Instead, tune into the aspects of your life that feel light, easy, flowing, open and fun. What activities fascinate, intrigue or thrill you? What types of things did you love to do as a child? What activities have spark and aliveness for you now?
About the author:
From the roots of indigenous cultures and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares the underlying principles of all healing, transformation and success. After curing himself of blindness, Keith has perfected these practical secrets in his 30-year career as an author, therapist, filmmaker, acupuncturist, radio talk show host, gourmet chef, restaurateur, vice-president of a natural foods company and international seminar leader with his “Dream Workshops” and "Sedona Shaman Vision Quest." Keith helps people get the love, abundance and body they want through his free “Prosperity Ezine” at TheDream.com
Main Course: Possibilities
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Life comes in cycles, and all experiences (even the most difficult and painful) are a part of my purpose in this life. "This, too, shall pass" must become my watchword if I am to pass beyond difficulties. It is important that I learn to watch and wait, to expect the best outcome, to anticipate positive things as a result, and to believe that change - in all things and all people - is inevitable, even in this.
Just like planting a garden, wherein the fruits of my labors will not be ready to reap for some time, so will a difficult situation not be resolved with the sweep of a hand, or a single word, or an act. It will take time, and effort, and creativity, and circumspection, and a hundred other things. It will take a bit of living, and a bit of learning, and a few mistakes and false starts. Not everything I do will be productive, even so. It will take cultivation and tending, but it will be worth it.
I must let what I am feeling pass thru me. There is much more to this situation than simply that which is facing me, so I can accept the feelings I am having, and know that they are part of a bigger purpose. It really is o.k. to feel anger, sorrow, loss, or disappointment. These feeling let me know that I have dimension and depth. They give me a greater appreciation for the feelings of joy, happiness, abundance and warmth when things are resolved and life is good.
I might even try to gain a different viewpoint on the situation. If I am too close, too invested in the details, I may want to "zoom out" and take a larger look, to see where this experience fits in with the overall purpose of my life and personal growth. Perhaps this difficulty is a lesson that ties in with that lesson last week, or perhaps that lesson last month or that other one a year or so back. Yeah, the big one, that one. I can see now, how important that was; maybe this lesson will be just that important too. Paying attention to the details is important, but being able to lift my sights, and see more than just this part of my life - that is important, too.
I need to stop "should-ing" on myself. What I "should" be doing, in my estimation, is not necessarily what is best for me in this situation. I must remain open to that which is possible, instead of forcing the situation into what I think it should be. Perhaps things should be different, but they aren't. Perhaps others should be the way I want them to be, but maybe they can't. What can I gain from things as they are? What can I learn from people in this situation, without demanding that they change to fit my idea of who they are, or what they should be doing?
I am not alone. I most certainly am not the only individual who has had this experience, and I may be able to find someone who has been through what I am going through, and borrow their experience. Wisdom abounds in this Universe, and wise people are everywhere. No, none are experts, but perhaps someone I know can give me a unique insight, one I hadn't thought of. Or, maybe, they have a friend that went through the same thing, and this is what they did... that just might work.
All life asks of me is to keep trying, to grow and learn - and to become that which the Universe needs me to be. All things are possible. It may only take a different and unique perspective to attain that unique possibility, and become that unique individual, which is right for me to be. That's my purpose, after all.
Michael Rawls, Friday's Inspiration © 2005
Second Helping: A
Pervasive Purpose by Jim Clemmer
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There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
- Albert Schweitzer
There's a recurring, consistent pattern in the mission or purpose of most effective leaders, teams, and organizations. That pervasive, underlying theme is, success comes through serving others. In the front of Zig Ziglar's book, See You at the Top, he singles out and highlights this declaration, "you can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want." That philosophy (which he weaves throughout the rest of his book and his presentations) left a very deep impression on me early in my career. It has profound and powerful implications for defining personal, team, and organizational purpose.
In his book, Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen Covey presents a convincing case for a leaders’ universal mission statement. This, he writes, "is intended to serve leaders of organizations as an expression of their vision and sense of stewardship." The leaders' mission statement he proposes is "To improve the economic well-being and quality of life of all stake-holders."
This universal statement is a starting point or general philosophy; it shouldn't be adapted as is. We all need to develop our own. Part of the reason for "growing our own" mission or purpose is so we'll have one that's in our own words and relevant to us. But the biggest benefit comes from the process of thinking and verbal wrestling to get something on paper.
Developing a personal, team, and organization purpose that's aimed at serving others adds a richer sense of meaning to any personal, team, or organization change or improvement efforts. It taps into the deep craving we all have to make a difference. We need to feel that the world was in some way a little bit better off for the brief time we passed through it.
About the author:
Jim Clemmer is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, workshop/retreat leader, and management team developer on leadership, change, customer focus, culture, teams, and personal growth. During the last 25 years he has delivered over two thousand customized keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats. Jim's five international bestselling books include The VIP Strategy, Firing on All Cylinders, Pathways to Performance, Growing the Distance, and The Leader's Digest. His web site is www.clemmer.net.
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