Your Goal In Life


Your goal in life is to achieve that which you were not wired to achieve.

People go day by day, consciously or otherwise, in a fervent search. It’s a search for purpose, although not everyone shares the same purpose, and sometimes our differences are dramatic, even clashing.

But to live on purpose, with a sense of knowing who you are, what you are doing here and being good at it is something we all strive for.

Everyone Has Their Own Wiring

Each of us has our own unique and specialty that makes us different, however slightly, from the person next to us. And when we use the word “wiring” we mean that everything from our expression, to the way we process information, to how we make our decisions, to how we implement those decisions, to the views and values we were brought up with, to our genes and internal DNA – it’s all part of what makes you YOU.

The Four Temperaments

Early philosophers and play-writers profiled 4 distinct personalities, and they differ from each other like night and day, winter and summer, right and left.

Plato called them: Artisans, Guardians, Rationals and Idealists.

Each has their own preconceived “purpose” or primary focus in life.

The Artisan wants Play. Everything is about doing what you do best in the mot creative, most impactful way possible (Famous Artisans include Wolfgang Mozart, Winston Churchill, Elvis Presley and Michael Jordan).

The Guardian wants Help. They dvote their lives to the duties of the world, to provide everyone with their physical and social needs. (Famous Guardians include George Washington, Queen Victoria, Mother Teresa and Warren Buffett).

The Rational wants Mind. Thinking is the greatest virtue and configuration is their greatest glee. Ideas are power-points to build on and create brilliant frameworks. (Famous Rationals include Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein and Bill Gates).

The Idealist wants Soul. Nothing is without meaning, and nothing is here without purpose. This type are often promoters of peace, love and purpose. (Famous Idealists include Mohandas Gandhi, Alexander Hamilton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Oprah Winfrey).

It’s fascinating to note that some of those who came under pressure for their novel, even radical views were often merely representing their own perspectives.

The psychological arguments between Sigmund Freud and Viktor Frankl become far more transparent once we realize that Freud was an Artisan (who focused on play, stimulation and physical needs) and Frankl an Idealist (who focused on soul, purpose and esoteric needs).

Similarly, one finds the differences between Harry Sullivan, who placed such a high value on social status, was indeed himself a Guardian, while Alfred Adler, a Rational, stated that the quest for power and technological advancement was they key motive in life.

The Common Ground

Yet we all share a common ground. We each have our own goals. And YOUR goal is to achieve that which you were not wired to achieve.

This means that whichever situation you find yourself in, whatever circumstance or psychological “wiring” you find yourself endowed with, there is always a challenge, always something greater than your preconceived abilities. That is your greatness. That is where your greatest strengths are focused and once you succeed through them you transcend your preconceived limits, self-imposed or otherwise, and you become able – psychologically, physically and passionately – to do whatever it is you please.

If you were born with autism. To become the captain of your basketball team; that’s your goal in life.

If the doctor tells you you’ll never walk again. To become the fastest man on earth; that’s your goal in life.

If you wake up addicted to Smoking. To Quit; that’s your goal in life.

If you (insert major challenge). To (insert major achievement); that’s YOUR goal in life!

To merely achieve a goal for a goal’s sake is foolish. True, there may be some achievements that will far outshine all others, but maturity and growth comes through resetting your goals and renewing your vows to play harder, to help more people, to generate better ideas, to make this world a happier place!

 

 

Further Reading:

Please Understand Me II” by David Keirsey


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