Category: Goal Setting

Do You Have A Life Purpose?

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Do you have a life purpose? What are you doing here on earth? What is your mission on earth? Why do you exist? What are you doing on a daily basis?

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater  things.”- Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

Your answers to those questions are the reasons you exist. If you don’t have an answer to any of the above questions, here is what a life purpose looks like:

Your life purpose is the reason you wake up every morning. The reason you exist. The reason you do what you do.

Why is it that lots of people  don’t know what they are  pursuing?

They are doing what people ask them to do. If you allow people to make decisions for you, then you are not in control of your life. You belong to somebody. Whoever makes decisions for you owns you. If you want to achieve your purpose in life, you should be the owner of your decisions.

They don’t do what they are destined to do. It does not matter how long you stay in another person’s lane, you will be disqualified. You cannot be successful, you cannot reach your goals, you cannot pursue your dreams when you are in someone else’s lane. Return to your lane, and you will be successful. It is never too late to start again.

They listen to excuses. The world is dominated with people who are ready to keep you in their dark cycle. They are not doing anything to better their lives. As a result, they will do anything to keep you from moving forward. Stay away from these people. If you stay with them, you will be like them.

James Allen said: “To put way aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; to make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.”

According to James Allen, you cannot accomplish anything great if your associations are small-minded thinkers. You will accomplish and live a happy life when you eat, drink, and learn from big-thinkers.

They are afraid of change. Life is not rigid. Life is not fixed. If what you have been doing is not working, you need to change. But for people that don’t know their purpose in life, they prefer to stick to the same thing that never produces anything. If you want to grow, you need to change.

They are scared to fail. Failure is part of life. There is no success without failure. If you want to reach your goals, if you want to be successful, you need to embrace failure. Failure is not a crime, it is a blessing. In failure there are lots of opportunities.

They focus on external distractions. If you want to be successful, you need to focus on what matters. Don’t get distracted by external forces. Pursue your purpose with all your might.

So, where does life purpose come from?

It comes from the inside of you. It is internal. It is personal. It comes from helping the vulnerable people. It comes from ignoring external forces. It comes from being original. It comes from the dedication to your work.

Importance of life purpose

It makes you relevant. You feel special when you know what you are doing in life.

It helps you go through difficult times. When the going gets tougher, the only thing that propels us through is our purpose in life. If you don’t have a firm purpose in life, it is easy to give up.

It strengthens your sense of worth. A sincere commitment to our purpose in life strengthens us. It increases our self-esteem and self-worth.

It helps you master your skills. When you commit yourself to your purpose, you will do whatever it takes to master the skills needed to succeed.

When people lack purpose in life, it leads to confusion. It creates anxiety and frustration. People feel empty. People feel unfulfilled. It leads to unhappiness. Dalai Lama said: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Socrates said: “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

Here are some strategies to help you develop your purpose in life:

Aim high in life. Design your own life. Be active. Accept mistakes. Accept failures. Love what you do. Be who you are. Engage yourself. Be an open-minded person. Embrace change.

Putting it Together:

If you want to succeed in life, you need to have a clear purpose in life. If not, you are just wandering around pursuing nothing. I hope you are not wasting your time.

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How To Set Goals That Work

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What are your hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals? What are they?

If you want to go to somewhere special, if you want to run faster than your friends, if you want to be an extraordinary person, if you want to run a successful company, if you want to be a successful student, if you want to be an outstanding worker, you need a road map. In this case, your road map is your goal. You need a road map. You need a GPS system to lead you to where you are going. I don’t know where you are going to, but for sure you need a goal. And you need a strategy to get it done.

I am going to use my lovely quote from Thomas Carlyle. According to Thomas Carlyle, “A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.” It is exactly what it is. There is no better way to put it. Have you seen somebody that made it to the top without a goal? I haven’t. They had goals. They knew what they were pursuing. They knew where they were going. If you don’t have your own goal, you are not going anywhere. How can you get from point A to point B without a goal? It’s impossible. Even if it does happen, you will be wandering around in a cycle. You need a goal to exit that cycle you are in.

When setting your goals, try not to be too rigid. Be flexible. Life is not rigid, it is changing everyday. Your goals have to match our changing world. For example, the jobs people are doing today are not going to be available in a few years from today. If your job is affected by this rapid change that is happening as we speak, you have no other way out than to change your plan. If you refuse to change, your goals will be obsolete. John Dewey said: “Arriving at one goal is the starting point of another.” This is true because good goals compound. They build on one another. When you finish one goal, set another one.

Once you have decided to set your goals, make sure they are SMART goals. Make sure your goals are based on your needs and wants. If you set goals that are not going to answer your life’s questions, you are wasting your time. Let’s talk about SMART.

S= SPECIFIC. Make sure your goals are specific. Don’t be a generalist. When you are a generalist, you can’t achieve anything. Your goals will be too broad to focus on. If they are specific, you will know exactly what to do to succeed. Also, specific goals provide clarity.

M= MEASURABLE. You should be able to measure your goals. You should know where you going and how long it will take you to get there.

A= ATTAINABLE. This is very important. Attainability is what I am talking about here. You should ask yourself these questions: “Do I have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and confidence to achieve my goals?” If not, can you develop it? Do you have the right strategies to get things done? How are you going to implement your plans? Those are important questions that you need to honestly answer before moving forward. I hope you do.

R= REALISTIC. Are you being realistic with your goals? Are they too broad or too thin for you? Are they your goals or someone else’s goals? Example of an unrealistic goal is, “I am going be an engineer in a month.” How? A realistic goal should read, “I am going to be an engineer in 5 years.” As you can see, the second example sounds realistic. Ideally, it takes 4-5 years to earn an engineering degree. Don’t deceive yourself. Set real goals for yourself, and pursue it with all your effort.

T= TIMING. I call it timing. You can call it what you want. Is your goal a long-term or a short-term goal? If so, when are you going to finish it? You should attach a time frame to your goal. Time creates a sense of urgency. It forces you to get things done, even when you don’t want to. In order to do this, you need to learn how to manage your time effectively.

This brings us to time management. For the sake of this article, I am not going to go into in-depth analysis of time management. I will do that in another article.

So, what is time management? Time management is how we use the 24 hours a day given to us. Common tips that will help you manage your time effectively are:

Know how you work. If you know your working style, you will be faster than anyone you are working with.

Prioritize your work. Do things according to urgency, not according to importance. Everything is important, but some things are more important. In human life, oxygen is everything. Without oxygen, there is no life. Same is true of time management. Without time, there is no life.

Manage distractions. We have more of these today than ever before. If you want to get things done, find a quiet place to get them done.

Be organized. Your job is easier when you plan things out. Don’t wait for the last minute. Label things. Put things away according to their importance. Write things down. Always clean up your desk. We will talk more about organization in another article.

Manage yourself. How disciplined are you? What about your emotions? What about procrastination? What about your health? What about your working style? If you are able to manage those things, your life will be much easier.

Have a to-do-list. A to-do list is important. What is even more important are the things on the list. Why? It is clear that not everything on the to-do-list is important.

Have a not-to-do-list. This will help you to focus on what is critically important to your immediate survival. For example, oxygen is to life as learning is to human growth.

Learn how to discriminate. Learn how to say “no” and still keep your job. Learn how to say “no” to what is not important to you. Don’t feel guilty after you have said “no.”

Exercise yourself. You need exercise to remain mentally and physically fit. It releases the “feel good” (dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin) hormones into your system. They are also called happiness hormones.

Meditation. You need meditation to remain calm and focused.

Putting it Together:

In order to move forward, we need to have a clear goal, and a comprehensive commitment plan to get it done. A good goal is a good motivator.