“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time” – Marion Wright Edelman. I cannot emphasise how important it is to know and write down your Intended Life’s Purpose. We all have a purpose in life that is why we are here. Our creator designed us to fulfill a purpose therefore, it is very important that we get to know what our God given intended life’s purpose is. To know what your intended life’s purpose is, you need to go back to your manufacturer. “A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress even on the smoothest road”-Thomas Carlyle. There is no way you can know what an appliance was made for before reading the manufacturer’s manual for instructions on how to use the item. God has given us our blue print through the Bible.
If you do not have a written down Intended Life’s Purpose you are most likely travelling the road of confusion where many of us are right now. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the lords purpose that prevails” – Proverbs. You were created to add value and to be a solution to the world, regardless of how small or big you may think it is. Alas many of us are denying the world the solutions we were created to offer the world. I feel it does not matter what your age is, you can still contribute to the world by finding your intended life’s purpose.
There are many benefits when we are living or pursing our intended life’s purpose some of which are as follows:-
You will be more effective and efficient
“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it” – Napoleon Hill. When you have discovered your intended life’s purpose you will be more effective and efficient at doing it and work will flow naturally from within you. As an illustration let’s use a guitar as an example. Now we all know that a guitar is a musical instrument, instead of using it for playing music say it is used to paddle a canoe. The effort and energy used will be much more, than if it is used for the intended purpose as per the manufacturer’s manual. Yes it may work as a paddle, but not as effective as a paddle which was made for that purpose. Equally the same with us human beings, if you are living a purposeless life you will notice that you are less effective at your work or whatever, endeavour you are engaged in. Simply put effectiveness means doing what you where meant to do.
One contributing factor to negativity is not being efficient with what you are doing. Personal development and growth demands that, you are more effective and efficient at what you are doing. Effectiveness and efficiency are motivating factors in achieving your intended life’s purpose. Effectiveness does not just mean doing good things, but rather doing the right thing.
The quality of your service is noticeable
When you are doing what you love and are designed for, there is a difference and most of the times the end product is of a very high quality. When you do what you love you do it with a passion and patience. I like to give an example of some of the medical personnel in our hospitals. Those that do it as a vacation are usually not the best, they tend to be in a hurry and do it for the money where, as those that are called to be medical practitioners are more patient and caring for their patients.
Another example is a time when I was tasked to buy some small table for an exhibition, I approached a carpenter and asked him to make one for me. Off course I explained to him all the details and measurements. When he brought the table I asked what the price was. When he mentioned the price I was shocked and politely asked him how much he would be willing to pay for it if the money was coming from him. He shocked me again by giving a ridiculously low price because the quality of his product was sub standard.
This experience brought out one thing for me, the carpenter was in the wrong business. When you have your intended life’s purpose correct the quality and standard of your service or products will be very high and hence will attract good value for money. One way to check if you are moving towards your intended life’s purpose especially if you are in the service industry is to put yourself in the shoes of your customers or clients. Believe me if your work is of a high quality and standard you will know it even without being told by any one.
People are willing to pay a high price for a quality service or product. You will agree with me that when you walk into an electronics shop and you compare the prices for stereos with brand names such as Sony, Sharp and Kenwood with other brands the difference will actually tell you the story and surely you will be much more willing to pay a higher price for the known brands. This is because they have built a good reputation for themselves.
Joy and happiness
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” – Herman Cain. There is a great satisfaction and happiness when you have accomplished what you have set out to achieve. The happiest of people are those that are working there intended life’s purpose. Every small goal that you accomplish and moves you towards your greater goal acts as a motivator for the next assignment. When you are doing what you enjoy and love doing, life is more bearable and enjoyable. Yes there will be challenges and obstacles that will come your way, but you will overcome them much easier.
There is no written formula for happiness. For me the only formula I have found to happiness and joy is doing that which I love most. “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution will ever experience life’s deepest joy; true fulfillment” – Anthony Robbins.
There are more benefits for having a written down intended life’s purpose I have just touched the surface of it. I would encourage each and every one of us to find what God created us to do. The only way to know your intended life’s purpose is to seek the face of God in prayer. “Take up one idea and act on it. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body be full of that idea and leave all other ideas alone. This is the way to success” – Unknown. Bye for now and remember to “standout tall and be counted“.
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