By: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, Sr. Associate Editor-ICN Group
(In the past article, we knew about the importance of taking persistent actions towards achieving your goals. You might have noticed that in some of the past articles of this series, I was talking in detail about goal setting process. Today, we will know about how to identify your life purpose among various goals.)
Identify your life purpose
Napolean Hill says, “there is some one thing that you can do better than anyone else in the world could do it. Search until you find out what this particular line of endeavour is, make it the object of your definite chief aim and then organize all of your forces and attack it with the belief that you are going to win.”
By now, you must have observed that the biggest benefit of the goal setting process is that you had to find out, which of your desires are simply desires and which of your desires have sufficient backing of your inner drive to term them as your ‘GOALS’.
Once you have eliminated the petty desires and have identified your real goals in life, using simple techniques given in the earlier articles of this series, you reach to the next stage i.e. achieving the desired goals. As I am repeatedly saying that the central theme of this series of articles revolves around two theories. One is using the power of positive thinking and moving from negatives towards positives in every walk of life; and other is understanding & utilising power of sub-conscious mind towards achieving our goals. Both these things have to be done with a special focus on each & every goal, with proper sense of direction.
By now, you have created a list of all your goals, which you want to achieve over a period of time. Your list may contain 10, 20 or even 100 goals. But there must be one goal in this long list, which is most close to your heart; which underlines your philosophy of life and for which you think that if you achieve this goal, you will be most satisfied and happy. Identify that goal and this will be your life purpose. This will drive you in all your efforts and will become the underlying theme for whatever you do.
You become what you always think of. When you decide one goal, which you may call your life purpose, you will always start thinking about this goal. This will make you move with single minded focus towards achieving your life purpose. Your life purpose will activate your sub-conscious mind to guide your actions towards achieving your goals.
Your life purpose is not only your goal. It is the inner drive behind whatever you do in your life. It relates to your inner values. It is not necessarily your ‘what’ to achieve. It may be your ‘why’ to achieve. For example, when I decided to become a motivational speaker, it became my main goal but becoming a motivational speaker was just a ‘what’. My real life-purpose behind my decision was, ‘why’ I should become a motivational speaker; and that was a value, not a goal. I wanted to add value to the society at large. I wanted to improve vision of future generation by going school to school and guide the students to identify their life purpose and to guide them in taking disciplined actions towards achieving their life purpose. Further, it was to add value to the society, as the people have lost balance in different walks of their lives. I can work towards this purpose of helping them to identify their life purpose and to move in the direction of their life purpose. I can help them to identify their goals and manage their available time to achieve their goals while striking a reasonable balance among different walks of their lives. If I can do it, my life purpose will automatically meet my expectations.
Though I have more than 25 goals in my wish list, adding value to the society by way of conducting workshops on time management, goal setting, leadership, sleep and Neuro Linguistic Programming is the guiding force behind all the goals. When I guide students to identify & pursue their dreams, it fascinates me. When I guide elders to identify & pursue their dreams in such a manner that they strike balance in different walks of life, it fascinates me. When I guide people in improving their sleep patterns, it fascinates me. Working on the mindset of my brain-child ‘Read, Learn & Earn Movement’ and its impact on the youth & women of my beloved country fascinates me. For me, working on the mindset of present & future generation (students) is the driving force behind all of my other goals. Even the balance in different facets of my life is synchronised with my life purpose. Pursuing my health goals is also synchronised with my life purpose. My accountability towards myself has increased and I have to take sufficient care of my body. All my actions are revolving around my main life purpose of adding value to the society by contributing at the psychological level of the people by working on their mindset.
It doesn’t mean that I have to give it first priority above other goals. All goals are important. I am just highlighting that this life purpose has now become the main guiding force behind all the actions taken by me, whether it is my health, or my career as motivational speaker, or my personal enjoyment or having balance in different walks of life. Do you think I have chance of any failure in my life purpose? I don’t think so, as there may be the difference in the degrees of success, I will never ever be a failure, as I am always working towards my life purpose of adding value to the society. I know from the very first day that I cannot reach the 7 billion people around the world; still, whatever number of people I can reach is sufficient for me. It is the benefit of having a life purpose. It is not linked with the numbers or money.
Now coming to your life purpose, I would suggest that stop reading for some time and think what your life purpose is. What is most close to your heart? What do you want to achieve in life and what is the guiding force behind it? Most of the people find their life purpose in some value. You should find the driving force behind all of your actions. Is it earning more money or improving relationships or personal enjoyment or enjoying world tour or taking care of your parents or any type of contribution to the society or spiritual progress by tapping benefit of law of cause & effect?
Ask yourself some questions to find your true life-purpose. Ask what legacy would you like to leave after you. Identify your hidden potentials and see whether you are moving towards your life purpose or not.
Here I suggest one starting point.
Look at your list of goals again and try to find out the goal, achievement of which can impact your life in most positive manner. Most probably, you have identified your life purpose.
(In the next article, we will know about how to identify what legacy you would like to leave behind you. I believe that you are enjoying the journey towards the future of your dreams with me. If yes, please stay tuned every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Happy G.O.P.T.A.)
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, Creator & copyright holder of the concept G.O.P.T.A.© is an Author, Certified NLP Lifestyle Master Practitioner, Corporate Trainer & Motivational Speaker and recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Excellence (Management) by prestigious Young Scientist University, California, USA. He is Founder of ‘Read, Learn & Earn Movement’ and is popularly known among his fans & followers across the globe as ‘Time and Goal Guru’.