When the innovators and great thinkers of old are discussed, debated, and even disregarded, in some cases, the “person part” of the person is often separated from their success or notoriety. Each and every one of them was: born, wore diapers, survived their hormonal teenage years, became adults, dealt with the struggle of relationships, learned how to navigate their social culture, found out what was weak and strong about themselves, AND, THEN…..
BOOM! Success abounded for each of them and they lived the happy, high-life until their death. (I don’t think it was quite this simple…..)
Discovering your Definitive Purpose
So what was it that set these people apart from the masses? For most, it was the discovery of their very own Definitive Purpose.
This concept is often referred to as one’s calling, passion, or life’s work. For many, it is an elusive term which never quite finds fruition. With our current culture’s intense focus of energy (and MONEY) on success and gaining more success; allowing oneself to take the time to become truly introspective is almost, completely non-existent.
The term has been discussed, at length, by many authors over the years. Charles Haanel in 1912 wrote of the importance of attention on certain thoughts and controlling the focus on them through full concentration. Thrust this into today’s 21st century culture of distraction and material possession collection and the lines get quite blurry.
Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill spent a great deal of time on this concept in the books, How to Raise Your Own Salary (1953) and Think and Grow Rich (1938).
Carnegie said in HTRYOS, “Study any person who is known to be a permanent success and you will find that he has a Definite Major Goal; he has a plan for the attainment of this goal; he devotes the major portion of his thoughts and his efforts to the attainment of this purpose.”
Becoming obsessed with this goal and working towards it day and night seems to be the “special sauce” needed to attain success.
Ford had it. Carver had it. Edison had it. Schwab had it. Mother Teresa had it. Jobs had it. Zigler had it. Tubman had it. The list goes on and on and on….
A Definitive Purpose in life makes a difference.
How does vision fit into this?
Vision is defined by many as the ability to think about the future with imagination and wisdom.
If we dig deeper, imagination is the ability to form new ideas that are resourceful with components of flexiblity, fluency, elaboration, and are completely new and different than anything you have ever thought about before.
Throw in some wisdom (life experiences you have already learned from or from the stories of experience of others) and…
Voila! Vision is served….
Combining VISION with DEFINITIVE PURPOSE allows for a total transformation to take place in a person’s thinking. They have come up with WHAT THEY WANT THEIR FUTURE TO LOOK LIKE and HAVE DEVISED A PLAN OF ATTACK ON HOW TO ACTUALLY GET IT DONE, WITH LASER SHARP FOCUS.
Beginning YOUR Life’s Design
Is this an easy, one-size-fits all, convenient process that just anyone can do?
YES. AND. NO.
For a person to design their life with a Definitive Purpose and Life’s Vision, an internal transformation must take place. Self-reflection is vital.
First, allowing yourself to dream a little can move some serious mountains in a maybe cloudy, overstimulated and, possibly, anxious brain.
Grab some paper. Journal on the computer. Doodle in a drawing pad. Allow yourself to not limit any of the thoughts coming through. Allow for total and complete flow to occur into the white space. (And, DO NOT LET YOURSELF go back and erase or CROSS-OFF ANYTHING!)
Reading is another way to get the creative planning juices flowing.
Search up biographies of people you have always admired and found their lives to be something you would like to emulate. There are many other books and articles dedicated to mindsets and planning. (Three greats were mentioned here already: The Master Key System by Charles Haanel, How to Raise your Own Salary by Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. (Each is readily available on Amazon.)
However you choose to start your journey towards the rest of your life, my only advice is START NOW.
The clock is always ticking and your future is waiting on you to decide what it will look like for you and your family.
If you have read this far, I know you are ready for a change. Please leave me a comment of how I may be able to help you get on the track you really want you and your family to be on for your life’s vision to start taking shape. If you know of someone close to you who may be struggling with their life’s direction, please send them here to GoalMindedLifestyle.com and contact me.
Here’s to the beginning of the rest of your EXTRAORDINARY LIFE!!! (I can hear my glass (and yours) clinking in the vast expanses of the internet universe, right now.) So, what are you waiting for? Go and get busy with your EXTRAORDINARY plan!!!!!