Over the years we have picked up so much garbage information from both well-meaning, and not so well-meaning sources, that we spend very little time thinking on purpose. Rather, most of our thoughts are generated accidentally, to a response of what is happening around or to us.
This lack of purposeful thinking contributes greatly to our lack of results, and creates more problems and obstacles for us. When we spend the time to learn “how” to think, we give ourselves an enormous competitive advantage.
True competition is when we compete with ourselves, and not with others. It is more important to reach our own personal goals and track our progress over time, than worry about what others are doing and how we can surpass them.
When we are truly focused on improving our performance day-to-day, competition in the marketplace does not even exist for us. The only way that it can is if we focus on, or worry about it, and then we are actually creating our own competition by giving it value that it does not deserve.
This is a topic we can spend a lot of time on, but the key take away here is that what we focus on (give energy to) expands. It happens to be one of those universal laws, principles, or things which makes our world go round.
What Is Our Purpose?
To be able to think on purpose, it helps to know what our purpose is. We can have a different purpose for each project in which we are involved, but at the same time, each of us has an Overall Purpose which inspires us to do what we do. Discovering that purpose makes life a lot easier, and much more fun.
Our purpose is actually part of our uniqueness, as we then use our own individual gifts, abilities, and talents to fulfill that purpose. At this point, all of our thoughts and intentions are aligned, so that thinking on purpose becomes natural. If an accidental thought appears, it is immediately recognized, because it does not fit in.
The easiest way to discover our purpose is to spend some quiet time, and reflect on what is most important to us. Ideas will arise, and somewhere in there we will discover what our genuine reason for being here right this moment is.
Another way to do it is when you awaken in the morning, while still in that half-awake state, ask yourself the question: “what is my true purpose in life?” or “What do I most want to accomplish in this lifetime?”. Then go about your regular routine, and at some point when you least expect it, you will get a revelation, as to what is most important to you to achieve in this lifetime.
This can also work by asking yourself before you go to sleep the same questions, and then you may get the answer upon awakening, or you may even dream about it.
Downhill or Uphill
It is much easier when riding a bike to be traveling downhill, rather then pumping those pedals up the hill. This is rather obvious.
But what is not so obvious is that we have the exact same situation in life. When we know what we desire, and that desire is in alignment with our True Purpose in life, then we are traveling downhill and picking up speed all the time.
On the other hand, when we allow ourselves to take random actions based on reacting to people and events in our lives, we are then putting in a lot of effort as we pedal uphill in life. The choice is ours, when we realize that we have this choice.
May your ride through life be both enjoyable and with the least amount of effort!