It’s good to be back.
God has been so good to me (and mine) this month and my heart is full of gratitude.
Anyway, back to the post.
Lately I’ve had cause to ponder on the brevity of life as we know it and what it actually means to live.
Everyone born in time has something unique to offer their generation, sadly only a few do.
PURPOSE is not what a lot of people have misconstrued it to be.
Some think purpose is all about being in the limelight all the time, like Celebrities and Politicians.
Others think purpose is reserved for a few people with special callings like Clerics and Soldiers.
Purpose simply means LIVING MEANINGFULLY. It is more about who you are than what you do.
Purpose is about bringing solutions to some of the diverse problems that plague humankind and enriching other people’s lives in a positive way.
It’s only by Living on Purpose that each of us can sincerely answer the question, “What am I here for?”
In this post I’ll be sharing some simple tips on how to live on purpose.
In the absence of prayer, most of us would live aimlessly in this distracted world.
Prayer gives us the clarity, focus and strength to persevere in each season of our lives.
For me becoming a medical doctor was not by accident, Purpose led me here.
My patients are drawn to me. I take time to listen to and empathize with them. I do my best to communicate everything I do to them. I’m patient in answering their questions and allaying their fears.
And no matter how frustrating my job as a doctor gets, I know I’m doing it because someone still needs me.
What direction is God leading you to in this season?
Each of us has been gifted with an ability to meet some specific needs around us.
No matter how little or insignificant your gift seems, it can make a difference in the world.
Some have natural talents that are easy to recognize like Singing, Acting or Dancing.
Others discover their talents quite by chance then choose to improve on them e.g. Writing and Public speaking.
I am good at organizing events. I’m the party planner in my family. I enjoy initiating and hosting get-to-gethers, not because I’m a social bee but for the sheer joy of planning them.
Sometimes, I even generate and draft out ideas for programs on paper for the fun of it.
That’s also why Routines and To-do-lists are my thing. I’m very good with detailed planning and I enjoy helping others with it.
What are you good at? What have others commended you for?
As fuel is to fire, so is passion to purpose.
Passion is what keeps you awake at 2 a.m, filling your head with exciting ideas that won’t stop coming.
Passion keeps you going when others get tired.
Your Passion is what gives you the conviction that every kobo spent, every tear shed and every milestone reached, is worth the trouble.
Passion gets you talking even when there’s no one to listen.
I’m passionate about Personal Development.
It’s why I spend a lot of time alone, reflecting, brainstorming and encouraging myself to be my best so that I can give my best to others.
Transformed lives give me joy and I love to inspire people. I enjoy celebrating dreams that come through despite the obstacles encountered.
It’s the major reason why I do the Accountability Challenge. I want to see people grow from where they are, to where they should be.
What are you passionate about?
When you’re walking in purpose, your priorities can’t help but align.
Your priorities determine where you invest most of your time, your money and your energy.
Reading for me is more than a hobby, reading is a lifestyle.
I’m a Bibliophile. I love to read. I buy books. I download them. I re-read old books. I review books on my blog. I recommend books to people and harass my friends to share new books with me.
My philosophy is simple. To be better today, than I was yesterday. And that is why I read.
What are your priorities?
Principles serve as the core foundation for your Purpose. They are those things you cannot compromise on, no matter how difficult a situation is.
Your principles should guide you in every decision you make, whether about money, relationships or fame.
I value Integrity, Fairness and Responsibility. These principles reflect my core beliefs as a Christian.
As much as possible, who I am on the inside is who I try to be on the outside. I’m open with my struggles. I don’t pretend to have it all together. And I’m quick to let go of influences that will likely lead me astray.
I try to be fair in my dealings with people no matter their age, ethnic group or socioeconomic status. I do my best to apologize when I’m wrong and forgive when I’m offended.
I do my best to be responsible in my commitment to work, the church and to friends and family. I am considerate of other people’s feelings and I try not to let them down intentionally.
What principles do you live by?
In the long run, your purpose will give you a sense of satisfaction no matter how physically or mentally demanding it is.
Writing makes me happy. It’s why I blog. It’s hardwork and takes time, but it is my gift to the world.
Anytime I get amazing feedbacks, I know that I’m doing what I really should be doing.
I also enjoy chronicling my journey and the lessons I’m learning, so I keep journals. It has made such a remarkable impact on my growth that I decided to share this gift with others. And that was why I designed the Requine’s Journal.
What do you do that gives you pleasure?
Which of these six points speak to you the most? Please leave a comment.
Cheers to a Purposeful October.