“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~Napoleon Hill
Clarity of Purpose
One of my joys in having conversations with people about Becoming the Greatest Expression of You is that the conversation has frequently become about living purposefully. As individuals have been implementing these techniques they have uncovered a desire be more intentional, to be more focused on what really matters to them.
When you are your best self, you are being the person you want to be. Knowing your purpose and living purposefully, with intention, gives you the road map for living as your best self. Stephen Covey described a purpose or mission statement as your North Star. It keeps you focused and on track.
Too often, the focus is on success. You can be very successful in your life, have a powerful job and great riches and be miserable. As Thomas Merton said, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” Over the years, I’ve known corporate execs who are at the top of the corporate ladder, they are “successful”, rich and miserable. Being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose are not the same issue.
Do You Know Your Purpose?
“What is my purpose here and how may I serve…in the midst of all this confusion?” ~Wayne Dyer
I’m a big believer in having a defined purpose. Having a purpose statement or mission statement is your road map for decision making. I frequently ask clients, “Why are you on this earth at this time?” Most people don’t know what their purpose is, or confuse expressions of their purpose as their purpose.
Being a Mom or a Dad is not your purpose in life. Being Mom or Dad can certainly be a major expression of your purpose, but you are here in life to be and do more than that. And, if being a parent were your purpose, what is the majority of your life about once your kids have left your nest?
If you are living your life without purpose, where are you going? Wandering through your life aimlessly is like getting in your car and driving with no destination in mind. That can be fun on occasion, but given time, you may end up somewhere you’d rather not be.
It’s not enough to just know your purpose, you must live it. Knowing your purpose gives you the ability to take aim at the life you really want. Knowing your purpose gives you the ability to do things because you choose too. How often have you said, “yes” to something only to realize you didn’t want to do it?
Who Are You at Your Core?
Knowing your purpose in this life reveals the true nature of who you are at your core. And, knowing who you are helps you to reveal your true purpose. This self-knowingness lets you become aware of when you are really ‘on purpose’ and when you’re not. Take a moment right now and ask yourself, “Who am I?” “What is my true nature?”
Do You Have a Definite Chief Aim?
In the Law of Success, Napoleon Hill wrote: “It is most appalling to know that ninety-five per cent of the people of the world are drifting aimlessly through life, without the slightest conception of the work for which they are best fitted, and with no conception whatsoever of even the need of such a thing as a definite objective toward which to strive.
There is a psychological as well as an economic reason for the selection of a definite chief aim in life. Let us devote our attention to the psychological side of the question first. It is a well-established principle of psychology that a person’s acts are always in harmony with the dominating thoughts of his or her mind.
Any definite chief aim that is deliberately fixed in the mind and held there, with the determination to realize it, finally saturates the entire subconscious mind until it automatically influences the physical action of the body toward the attainment of that purpose.
Your definite chief aim in life should be selected with deliberate care, and after it has been selected it should be written out and placed where you will see it at least once a day, the psychological effect of which is to impress this purpose upon your subconscious mind so strongly that it accepts that purpose as a pattern or blueprint that will eventually dominate your activities in life and lead you, step by step, toward the attainment of the object back of that purpose.”
Focus on What is Most Important
Once you have determined your purpose your subconscious mind can begin to direct its thoughts into productive use towards the direction of your purpose. I have repeatedly said over the years that we are always in trance – we are never not in trance and that hypnosis is taking control of the trance that you are in.
It’s been said that we have about 40,000 thoughts every day. Most of these thoughts are directed by the people around you, by the media and by your own repetitive thoughts that you have learned from your past.
It is easy to drift and let the world fill your mind with fear, self-doubt and negativity. When you live purposefully and are being your greatest expression, you can focus on your creating what is most important to you.
Using Self-hypnosis and the Greatest Expression of You process you now can direct your thoughts and emotions and move closer to your destiny.
What is Your Purpose?
Do you know your purpose? Do you know why you are on this earth at this time? Hundreds of books have been written about how to find your purpose they will guide you through the process of writing your mission statement.
Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First are perhaps the most well-known. My favorite is The Path, by Laurie Beth Jones.
What I love about The Path is that it is easy to read and understand and she guides you through a series of exercises. I’ve frequently recommended this book over the years and the people who have used it appreciated the ease in which they were able to craft a meaningful purpose statement.
Laurie Beth Jones says that a mission statement should be no more than two or three sentences in length, understandable to a seven year-old and that you should be able to recite it with a gun pointed to your head. I love that! Using her process you have meaningful road map for each moment of your life.
I found online a PDF of Laurie Beth Jones’s process for Developing A Personal Mission Statement (to open click on link). If you don’t know your purpose, I invite you to use her six step method and discover your purpose.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I live purposefully with a definite chief aim.
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