Living Your Life with Purpose
Football is back and so are the Cowboys! I often write here about business goals and achievement but today let’s discuss how we can be all we can be in our personal lives too.
As the first week of the regular season has kicked off, a lot of wins occurred as well as terrible losses, even a tie! What we all watched, some with joy, others, like myself, disappointed with the loss, teams coming together with passion and purpose.
Arlin Sorenson, who founded the HTG peer groups, speaks a great deal on Personal Legacy. He writes often about finding your passion and purpose. Many years back, he led me to write a Life Plan and in that life plan I wrote both a Legacy statement and a Personal Mission statement.
My Legacy statement “I want to be remembered for making a positive difference in the lives of those around me. Loving the unloveable, caring for the forgotten, reaching out to the exiled.”
My Personal Mission statement “I exist to bring joy and peace to the life of others thru development of organizations that share the same mission, multiplying by helping others do the same.”
Arlin stated a common mistake people make with writing down their purpose is misunderstanding what purpose means to them. So how do you find your passion and purpose? Take action, follow your head to your heart, and stop trying for perfection.
NFL players have a passion for the game and a purpose when they play a game every week, to win. They didn’t wake up one morning and say, “I’m going to be a professional football player” and then, suddenly, they are one. No, they started working on their goal of being a great high school football player and ultimately achieved it. They took action on what it took to be the best. They had their hearts set to play football because they love the sport. Many, like myself, love the sport and played for many years, but I was not passionate about it and never made it past 6th grade. Others are very passionate about it and get to play for years but never get drafted at the NFL level, but they achieved far more than many others with out the same passion. But what about after the games are over or our career is over? Then what?
On a personal basis, like NFL players, we can have a different purpose when off the field. The end goal is still the same, when you lead a passionate life you are living your life on purpose.
Whatever your purpose is and you are passionate about is in this world, whether it’s a business or personal, I encourage you to write it down. It won’t be easy but nothing worth doing ever is easy. I’d love to hear more about what you’re passionate about or and when you get your purpose statement written out, I would love to know you did. Why did you start your business? Why volunteer your time with a local nonprofit? I’m happy to listen and hope I can help you achieve what your ultimate purpose in life really is all about.