Live a purposeful life

Everyone is born on this earth for a reason. What’s yours?

Have you found your purpose in life? Your why?

If not, find your purpose of life and pursue it with passion? There are millions of people who don’t know the purpose of their life and living lives without meaning.

They themselves are not excited about their life.

When somebody asks them, “How is life”, their reply is very trite like, It just goes”, which means they are biding their time here.

Such people can neither serve anybody better not they do something worthwhile in their own lives. They are vegetating their lives.

We get life once, but once is enough if we live it right. Do something great in your life so that “an aha” instead of an “oh no” signifies it. 

Believe in the unseen, impossible and insecure.

Dr. Wayne W Dyer said,

“You will see it when you believe it.”

It is your belief and faith in the unseen that will convert it into reality. Most people who succeeded in life big time had a bigger than life dream and a faith that they would succeed and they succeeded.

Initially, everything seems impossible until you do it, start it and prove that it can be done. Don’t expect that a fine morning you will get up and find yourself successful. Success doesn’t happen by accident but it is a cumulative result of your failures in life for realizing your dream.

There is no success without a dream and faith. Everything big takes time in realization. Be it a child, big business, a profession or a building or a nation. Nothing happens overnight.

Your conscious mind works on your beliefs and makes only those things realities which you believe. Think carefully, and try to write 10 things where you succeeded and you had no belief in those things.

You will not find even a single such thing.  It is because of this reason that some people are rich, some poor; some happy, some miserable; some beautiful, some ugly and some successful and some failures. Their lives are mirror images of their inside. Whatever they see themselves within they are exact copies, without.

Poor and Rich people, both are manifestations of their own creations. We are sculptors of our lives. We create our outside world with our beliefs inside. Rich people see themselves rich inside them and poor people see themselves poor inside them in their beliefs. Change your beliefs and change your world.

One mammoth eighteen-foot block of marble had been lying around for several years. In fact, it had been around long before Michelangelo was even born.

Some great artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, were invited to create something from that slab of marble. They all looked at it and dismissed it as flawed and worthless. Nothing could come of it, they all felt.

Several years later, Michelangelo got to work on that ‘flawed and worthless’ piece of marble, and went on to create a magnificent work of art of 18 feet height, later called ‘David’.

Apparently, while he was working on David, a little boy went up to Michelangelo and asked him why he was banging away at the rock of marble, and hitting it so hard.

“Young man,” said Michelangelo. “There’s an angel inside that rock. I am just setting him free.”

If you think about it, we are all like that rock of marble. There’s a genius inside each of us. Only we have to set it free by carving ourselves. Remember, it’s never too late to become what you might have been.

Dream big, reach for the stars

Never think small because small dreams discourage you, make you mediocre even if you achieve them and big dreams make you magnanimous when you achieve them.

Always be proud of your achievements, but also take pride in the way that you achieve them. Your dreams are your motivation, they move you in life. They keep you alive. People who have no dreams are like dead people whose funeral has been delayed to be carried out for some time till they actually die.

“Hold fast to your dream for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

–Langston Hughes, American poet.

Nothing in this world is created without a dream. Whatever we see today here is because somebody dreamt of it someday and it was created. We create everything with our dreams. Everything is a dream, realized.

Remember, pursuing your dreams is a marathon, not a sprint.

Whatever you want in life, you will have to create first in your dreams. Whatever it is, start dreaming about it, create it exactly as you want it in reality, in your dreams. Your mind has an inbuilt system to make it a reality in your life; you only need to love your dream like a mother loves her child. You have to cling to it like a nascent child clings to her mother until it becomes a reality. Visualize it vividly in your mind, feel it, smell it, touch it as if it is real.

When you visualize something vividly, you actually enliven it.

Learn to believe in your dream and it will be a reality in front of you. It is only a matter of time. Just hold fast to your dream.

Beware! It’s easy to have big ambitions, but dreams, unlike eggs, don’t hatch from sitting on them. You have to nurture them to become a reality. The nurturing of dreams is done by working for them with all might.

How much work you have to do to realize your dreams?

Someone has said, “Pray as if everything depends on God and work as if everything depends on you.”

The above clearly defines the amount of work to be done for making your dreams a reality.

Victor Frankl said,

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life;everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique ashis specific opportunity to implement it.”

If you have faith in God, then pray with all your might to him, to bless you in realizing your dreams but it is the first part only.

The second and final part is, to have faith in God and prove to him by your work that you are committed to your dream and will indefatigably work for your dream, come what may, you will not quit. If you can prove to God that you have only one way and that is to live your dreams, then only he will bestow upon you his blessings to realize your dream!

No, doubt, Man proposes, God disposes. But before disposing of, he takes care of the fact that dreams of committed people are not thrown in a dustbin.

Make good choices 

Often, in life, make good choices because your life will grow to be the sum of those choices. Your choices are your building blocks. You make your beliefs, your dreams with your choices.

If somebody chose to become a Doctor instead of an Engineer, he became a Doctor because by his choice he put himself on the path to becoming a doctor.

If you make a choice of becoming successful, then you put yourself on that path.

Whatever you are today, it is the creation of your own choice. The choice is the greatest gift given to you by God for creating your own world in life. Those who exercise it become what they want to be in their lives, and so those, who don’t.

Do what’s right

Always do what’s right not out of fear of getting caught, but because integrity matters. God gave us all conscience for this purpose. Your conscience is the real sentry on the gates of your choices. Every time you choose something wrong, it will caution you to choose correctly and every time you choose right, it will give you a pat on the shoulder in terms of an inner satisfaction and happiness.

Let’s do an experiment for testing your conscience. Take a strong wooden stick, go out of your house and think of hitting a dog with it. Merely a thought of it will activate your conscience and it will forbid you from doing this. Now think opposite that you will go out with a loaf to feed a dog with pampering and your conscience will happily allow you.

Every wrongdoer, sinner, tyrant is cautioned inside himself about his wrongdoing but they become deaf and don’t listen to their inner voice for worldly gains. But remember, if you pretend to not listen to your inner voice and make a wrong choice, then you are accumulating wrong Karma for you. The inexorable Law of Compensation will compensate you, invariably, in the same coin.

Most of our decisions in life are affected by our environment. Our jobs, relations, friends, and finances affect our every decision. We feel that man is the creature of circumstances but Benjamin Disraeli said,

“Man is not the creature of circumstances; circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter”. Successful people stand up and see whether circumstances are per them or not. If not, they create the circumstances as required by them.

Be yourself

You may be imperfect but be yourself. You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life. If you live your life in terms of others, your life becomes the puppet of somebody else. They control your life, your actions. Don’t let anybody control your life; make you live your life per their conditions. You will regret, such life when you leave this planet before your reincarnation. You will repent having lived life in terms of others because you could do many things of your own which you couldn’t.

Life is a journey and make it meaningfully. Never let your life become a meaningless journey which you never wanted to make.

Make a difference 

Make a difference in people’s lives, not because you expect something in return, but because witnessing their happiness is, by itself, a worthy reward.

You can get everything in your life if you help enough other people to get what they want.—Zig Ziglar

Learn to give in life instead of taking. There are many things in life which you can share with those who are less fortunate than you. Knowledge, money, time, happiness, and hope are some of the things, you can share with others to make difference in their lives.

Swami Vivekananda said,

“If you want to find God, serve man. To reach Narayana you must serve the Daridra Narayans — the starving millions of India….”

Service to mankind is service to God.

You go to temples, churches and other religious places of different faiths. You share your money, time and other belongings there. God is already the richest entity in the world. He possesses everything we see in this world, even your lives are his possessions. He doesn’t require your small offerings. He has said in all scriptures that you should use these things in the service of poor and destitute people. Don’t squander away what you have been given by him for those who don’t require it at all.

Find your happiness

Not by means of seeking more, but by appreciating what you already have. Happiness is not to find what you don’t have, but it is to accept what you already have. Have an attitude of gratitude to open doors for more.

Count your blessings in life. If you start counting blessings, your list will run into miles. But the lists of what you don’t have will be in a few pages. So express gratitude for what you have and don’t concentrate on what you don’t have, else you’ll always be poor and never have enough.

If you are not happy with what you have today you will never be happy even with more riches. Learn to be happy with whatever you have today. It doesn’t mean not to strive for better in life but it means work not unhappily and greedily as if you will be happy only when you get those millions. Be goal-oriented, but happy with the present possessions. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and you may lose the one in your hand in a race to get the two in the bush.

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