The Purpose For Having a Purpose

Two thousand years ago, when a sailor started a journey, he would chart a course using nautical maps and then use the stars to ensure he was on course. When the skies were overcast, a seafaring vessel could lose valuable time drifting in the water, waiting for a sign that they were headed in the right direction.

Sometimes fierce storms and poor weather could drive a ship off course, causing the sailors on-board to be lost for multiple days, maybe even weeks.

Fast forward to 2015, we have everything we need to get from point A to point B efficiently.

We have cars, trains and planes that brisk us quickly to our desired destinations.
We have maps on apps, digital compasses on our phones and best of all, GPS.

We’ve gotten so advanced at plotting a course, that we barely notice the stars.
Besides, why would we need stars when we always know where we’re going?

Or do we?

Unfortunately most of us have failed to plan and map out the most important journey that we could ever embark upon. To what journey am I referring?

The journey of life.

Many of us get so overwhelmed and busy with the our remedial daily responsibilities and tasks, that we haven’t given the slightest thought to taking time to plot and maintain a course for our lives.

Forget about looking up and staring at the stars!

We won’t even sit down and take the time to really understand our passions and purpose on this wonderful planet.

Like a lost vessel from two thousand years ago, we’re just drifting along life’s sea, with a vision and purpose that has been blocked by overcast skies.

I would make the assertion that few of you would get into your car and just drive aimlessly for an entire day. Most of us would think it would be a waste of time, fuel and quite frustrating if we ended up stuck in traffic.

So, why is it that many of us choose to live our lives exactly this way?

It’s no wonder that many of us end up frustrated, anxious and depressed.
We’re stuck in the traffic of life with no clear destination or purpose.

What is my purposeMy questions for reflection this week are:
Do you know your purpose?
Have you identified your passions?

If you know your purpose, are you living your life in fulfillment of that purpose?

If you know your passions, are you completely exercising your passions?

If the answer is no, ask yourself why.
Then, take some time this week and begin plotting the course for a definitive direction in your life.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing tools that will help those of you who have not identified your purpose and passions, to begin embarking on the journey of identifying what it may look like for you.

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Cemeteries are full of unfulfilled dreams…countless echoes of ‘could have’ and ‘should have’…countless books unwritten…countless songs unsung…

I want to live my life in such a way that when my body is laid to rest, it will be a well needed rest from a life well lived, a song well sung, a book well written, opportunities well explored, and a love well expressed.” ~ Steve Maraboli

What about you?
Will your books go unwritten, your songs unsung and your opportunities unexplored?

I’m writing my book, I’m singing my song and I’m exploring my opportunities!
Please, take the time to join me.

Let’s all stay inspired, it’s a lifestyle choice!

About the Author:

Linal Harris
Global Entrepreneur – Certified Life Coach – Media Personality – Speaker


Linal Harris is a global entrepreneur, certified life coach, author, and media personality. As the founder of Inspirational Perspective® Publishing, LLC and Insights 4 Life™ Coaching, LLC, Harris challenges his global audience and coaching clients to Murder Mediocrity® and live their best life possible. Harris concentrates his work as an ontological coach with clients on what he calls the 4 pillars of life; the relationship we have to ourselves, the relationships we have with others, our relationship to work and money, and the connection we have to our spirit and life’s purpose. Harris coaches CEO’s, executives, entrepreneurs, athletes and celebrities. Harris is the author of “Slay Your Goals”, where he provides his readers with scientific and research backed tips for achieving their goals. Harris is an expert goal-setter and has been called upon by Fortune 500 companies to assist with setting their strategic priorities, facilitate goal-setting sessions and provide inspirational talks.

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2 thoughts on “The Purpose For Having a Purpose

  1. TPC says:

    I once asked my Dad, a very happy and successful man, now 80, what his life purpose was. I was expecting a thoughtful discussion, but I got a quick and confident, immediate answer …. “My purpose is to love and serve God in this life and be with him in the next. ” Tom

  2. Kisha says:

    Well stated! Every success starts with a plan, no plan smaller chance of success. Individuals use so much time on things that return no value however, take little time in planning things that will, such as life! We all need a roadmap so I thank you for providing the tools through your weekly perspectives! They help open my eyes to things I may have never faced or changed. “Eyes Wide Open,” thanks!


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