Happiness Comes From Finding A Purpose & Pursuing It
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."
The second is from my favorite playwright, George Bernard Shaw.
“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."The third is from Oscar Wilde.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."I dream by day, and I hope you do too. I want to be thoroughly worn out before I'm thrown on the scrap heap. I refuse to be a selfish little clod of ailments complaining about the world. And I choose to live – completely and fully. My purpose in life helps me do this. As you know, I'm a career success coach. My purpose is to help other people create the life and career success they want and deserve. That's why I am a career success coach. To me this is a worthy purpose. More important, it's a purpose that makes me happy. As I'm writing this, I keep seeing a tweet by the mythical Frank Tyger that has been retweeted at least 10 times in the past hour, “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness." All of this goes back to Tweet 9 in Success Tweets, "Things don't make you happy. Happiness comes from doing something of value." Success Tweet 4 says, “The mightier your purpose, the more likely you are to succeed. It will give you a strong foundation when the winds of change shift." If you want to create a mighty life purpose, it's a good idea to write a life purpose statement. However, many people tell me they have tried to write a life purpose statement with little success. Steve Pavlina offers a common sense, four step approach to finding your life purpose. I really like these four simple steps:
- Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it's faster).
- Head it, “What is my true purpose in life?"
- Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn't have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
- Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.