Posts Tagged ‘purpose’

Your Goal In Life

05/06/2010

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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Living Life on Purpose

01/19/2010

The following is the re-edited pre-2 AM version

I wonder if people feel their lives as a pursuit of but a necessary happiness. A race back to the original finish line. A never-ending loop that seems to go on ad infinitum. Or a maze that seems to have neither a finish or an exit.

What is Purpose other than a pre-determined ideal set by oneself to validate his or her sense of being and doing?

What Drives Us

Viktor Frankl, noted psycho-analyst and Holocaust survivor, used to say that any purpose is a good purpose. Since it at least drives one forward in a direction of anticipation, propelling and strengthening the ability to get to tomorrow.

But many times a personal purpose isn’t enough. Dreams are easily destroyed, like a father returning from the concentration camps hoping to find his family and home, only to find his entire town ransacked and word that his family has passed on. Or an ambitious professional unable to find a proper job after spending many years and much financial debt on gaining their skill set.

Changing Focus

Yet not all set-backs are viewed as such. Many motivational mentors speak of “impersonal” dreams, an idea or aspiration that far surpasses ones personal interest for comfortability or prestige, but rather a vision to make many millions of lives better and to change the world in some way or form.

With this perspective, something phenomenal occurs. The abilities lose their status as being personal and they enter a new social dynamic that, if for the right reasons, is no force to be reckoned with. No financial stress, lost deal, family crisis, or natural disaster can stand in the way of that. The world has now become your alibi, not your contender.

This is the basis all spiritual, entrepreneurial and religious pursuits. A calling to a higher purpose far greater than finding personal wealth, prestige, satisfaction or fulfillment. Happiness becomes what is done for another, what is done for the endurance of an enterprise, what is done for the patriotism of a country, what is done for a better world.

True purpose then is a self-imposed yet spiritually-validated conviction that you do all that you do, for all the right reasons. Reasons of goodness, of benefit and of making this world the great place that many before us believed it could be.

Want To Succeed?

10/23/2009

Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!
Passion, Purpose, Practice!

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