Why Should You Have A Purpose? Here’s 5 Solid Reasons Why
This is part 2 of a 7-part series on how to discover your real purpose in life.
“When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca
“Having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life.” – Tom Thiss
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
Life without a purpose
Why should you have a purpose? Do you think people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Theresa, Winston Churchhill, Helen Keller and Oprah Winfrey, have life purposes?
Of course they do! Grand, visionary purposes which other people scoffed at an earlier point in their lives. And it was their purposes which led them to their level of greatness that no one would have thought possible.
Having a purpose gives you an entirely new latitude in life. It is like your secret access pass which unlocks benefits like fulfillment, happiness and success – things people spend their entire lives trying to seek.
What is important is to understand things like abundance, success, wealth, fulfillment, etc are the results of discovering and pursuing your purpose – as long as you find and live your purpose fully and truly, everything will fall into place. It is as simple as that.
Understanding Your Role in Creating Your Purpose
If you are an apathetic person, maybe you will say “I don’t care about having a purpose.” Or if you are nihilistic, you may say “Life is meaningless. There is no point in trying to assign a meaning.” Maybe you are just generally okay with the way your life is right now and you think that having a purpose is “for other people”.
If life has no meaning or purpose, then why are you here? Why are you getting up every day and going through
the motions with the rest of the world? Why are you breathing the air and walking the earth? If life really has no meaning for you, isn’t it logically better to end it than to wait for your time to end?
Without a purpose, your everyday life is filled with actions not guided by a focal point. It’ll be a combination of mish-mesh, random forces around you which end up canceling out each other in the larger spectrum of life. The end product is an average life and an average existence.
Look at the people around you. Have you ever known people who truly, really feel like they are alive? When they talk, their eyes widen and sparkle; everything they talk about just seems so exciting and interesting. Life through their eyes seem so positive and enticing all the time. These people are in tune with their life purpose and they are living and breathing it.
On the other hand, there is another group of people who are unaware or disconnected with their purpose. They content themselves with what is within their reach and are often oriented in negativity, complaints, and dissatisfaction. Life seems bland, monotonous and uninspiring from their eyes.
Which scenario do you think best describes your life right now? And which one would you rather lead?
As long as you don’t have clarity on what your purpose is, what you are effectively doing every day is living out other people’s purpose. There are 2 ways to live your life – the first, and what most people do, is to live aimlessly without a direction. The other, less trod path, is to define your purpose and live by it.
If you choose to live, you are better off creating meaning for your existence.