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Daily Leadership Thought #95 – Life Is Meant To Have A Core Purpose

February 23, 2011

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Going through life without a core purpose is like trying to navigate a boat without a rudder or taking a hike without a compass.  If you are not careful, you will get lost and struggle to reach your destination.  There are many things that can happen to a person that will take them off course.  There will be trials and tribulations.  There will be temptations and distractions.   We all need to be grounded in something more important and significant than ourselves to guide us when things get confusing or tough.  Every life is meant to have meaning.

I’ve observed that people who live their life without core principles and values become less happy and disenchanted with their lives.  No matter how much money they end up having or power and prestige they achieve, it all becomes empty after a while.  Inevitably they find that success can be a double-edged sword and you need to be careful what you wish for.  They also get trapped in their expectations of what should make them happy and get increasingly frustrated when this formula no longer works.

Once you have a sense of core purpose and meaning, life starts to have more clarity.  You begin to understand why you exist and what you want to accomplish.  You can rightfully gauge your life in terms of impact rather than material rewards.  You find emotional reserves and character within yourself you didn’t realize existed.

I don’t claim to know what this core purpose should be for anyone besides me.  I certainly have opinions on the topic and feel that at its core life is about making sense of where you fit in the world, the impact you have on other people, and your ability to tap into whatever personal gifts that make you unique and special.  However, each individual needs to figure this out for himself/herself.  The sooner you achieve this clarity, the more happiness, grace and ease you will have in life.