For the past 3 years now, I’ve made it a birthday ritual yearly to write at least a lesson I learnt over the year(s) and this year is not going to be an exception. I’m going to be sharing my 24th lesson and I hope you get to pick one or two points for use.
Lesson 24: Be Purposeful
Often times, when we talk about people living a purposeful life, what comes to mind are successes like being awarded as the best actor/actress, winning a competitive event, acing in a particular field, getting promoted in an organization, and the list goes on and on. But, does it have to be when we are fabulously successful at some glamorous profession before we can feel purposeful in life, or is there more to it?
In my opinion, to be at the centre of God’s will for your life is to be living a purposeful life.
A purposeful life allows you to adapt effortlessly to situations, even when things ain’t working right and you stray from the path, with a little conscious effort, you can usually guide your way back and this you have to be proactive about by purposefully doing a couple of things which are not arranged according to importance;
1. Perfect Time
No such thing as waiting for the perfect timing because there’s never really one. Its what you’re doing at the time that brings the perfection. Hardship are there to show us what we’re supposed to learn in order to grow. Disappointment in outcomes are suppose to open us to new opportunities for which we wouldn’t otherwise be available. Seizing the moment and focusing on it affects the part of the world that we actually can change.
Perfectionism kills performance, confidence and productivity. Instead of waiting for perfection, do your best at the moment and give room for improvement.
2. Stay Focused
Being purposeful means you know what you want out of life and you’re pursuing it. This means no room for mediocrity. Growing up has made the need to multi-task a prerequisite; we watch TV or play with our phone when eating, we have conversations while doing our jobs, we even do chores and other household activities when we talk with someone on the phone. But, the problem is, no one thing ever gets done to satisfaction, and at the end of the day we’ve only ever done a marginal job of everything. Summarily, when we remain focused on one task at a time, we get to finish it before moving to the next task and this helps us to not only do a better exceptional job, but we also give ourselves an opportunity to find a sense of joy in the smallest of details of our life.
This is a very important part of life. Who you share your life with. Your relationship will either make or mar you (or so the saying goes). Traditionally, friendships are built based on proximity and researches further buttress the point that we tend to have a greater fondness for those whom we spend more time with. People often times, spend a great deal of time with people who no longer support their growth out of obligations that they’ve been friends for long. The thing is, when you’re living purposefully, you understand why you need to evaluate your relationships and ensure they are mutually supportive. You don’t just walk on in life, following your dreams and allow yourself get dragged down by negative vibes from the people in your life. The goal is not to kick old friends out of your life (except unavoidable), but to organise your priorities and open doors to like minds (people who believe in your dreams).
To be continued. . .
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