Thursday, August 29, 2013

Powerful Purpose Underlies All Success

There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim.        
                                                          - Napoleon Hill
Having a sense of purpose or definite goal is an important pre-requisite to achieving success. The reason why purpose predetermines success is that purpose creates focus and when we have a compelling sense of purpose, we find that all our actions, decisions and thinking will all be aligned to that purpose or ultimate goal. Furthermore, purpose acts an "anchor" and what I mean by this is that when we have a clear purpose, we are better able to bounce back from a setback or failure quicker because we have something we are hanging on to.
The reason why some struggle to recover following a failure is not because of the emotional devastation of the failure, but rather because the vision of their purpose is not clear enough and consequently not compelling enough. Everyone experiences failure on the journey to success. The difference between those who eventually make it and those who do not is a sense of purpose (or an ultimate goal, if you wish). Purpose fuels perseverance; and perseverance ultimately determines success. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, purpose turns an otherwise ordinary man into an unstoppable force of nature and it is purpose that makes the seeming unachievable things, become achievable.
While some develop a clear sense of purpose early on in life due to early childhood experiences they may have had; most people find their sense of purpose over time through trial and error; while some die never having found or fulfilled their life purpose.
The obvious question I always receive at our motivational workshops is - if purpose is so important for success, how do I go about identifying or establishing my purpose? A compelling and powerful sense of purpose comes from one source – Self-Knowledge. The better you know yourself and what it is you are truly passionate about, the easier it is to identify that ultimate goal for your life that is unique to you and you alone.
Therefore creating self-knowledge is the first step when conducting a life-purpose workshop. In such workshops, people would firstly be asked to identify the things that are truly important to them – in their lives, their relationships, their careers, finances etc. They are then asked to identify the one or two things they are willing to fight for and why they would be willing to fight for these things. The idea behind these questions is to understand what they are passionate about, because passion is an indicator of what they value; and what they value will identify where their energies and efforts are best maximized. In the process of pinpointing what people are passionate about an important question we also pose is that - if they had all the money in the world, what is the one thing they would do and do for free? Often times these are questions that most people never really give much thought to and we find that within the first hour of the workshop, many delegates have begun to see themselves in a somewhat different light.
Once you are able to identify what you are truly passionate about, the next step is to identify how achieving your purpose can serve others. The final step is then to figure out how you can combine doing what you truly want with using it to serve others in a way that allows you to make money from it.

Author: Femi Adebanji

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