By Brad Swift
As the founder and director of an organization with a name like Life On Purpose Institute, I guess it’s not surprising to hear me say that I feel that one of the most important matters that anyone can do for themselves and the world is to become clear what their true purpose in life is and to then live true to it.
So, I’d like to point out some of the many benefits to knowing and living your life purpose.
These are some of the benefits most commonly shared by the clients of Life On Purpose Institute as well as ones that I have personally experienced by clarifying and living my own life on purpose.
When you clearly know your life purpose, it becomes a truing mechanism allowing you to focus more clearly on what matters most to you.
Many people report that this has been one of the most valuable benefits to going through the Life On Purpose Process ™, especially once they begin to use their life purpose to make their decisions and choices in where and how they are going to invest their time, energy, money and talents.
For many people clarifying their life purpose becomes the key to unlocking their passion for life.
The passion becomes the fuel that propels them forward in expressing their life purpose, often in extraordinary ways beyond anything they would have considered before they clarified their purpose.
3. Being Unstoppable
People living on purpose become unstoppable, particularly the longer they live true to their purpose and the more they allow their purpose to shape their life.
People without clarity of purpose often finds themselves stopped or stuck in life, which isn’t surprising because they haven’t tapped into their passion so they’re like a high powered automobile without any fuel in their tank.
Living a life in which you are regularly expressing your life purpose and allowing it to shape your decisions, your thoughts, feelings and actions is simply a whole lot more fulfilling. A life on purpose is filled with meaning, and people on purpose realize they are making a difference in the world simply by being in the world.
5. Living a Value-based Life
You will learn as you delve more deeply into the Life On Purpose Process ™ that an integral component of a person’s life purpose are their core values — those intangibles of life that mean the most to them.
Our core values are at the heart of all the values we’ve been taught we ‘should value.’
Think of it like 3 concentric circles. The largest circle is composed of our ‘should values,’ the next circle inside that one is our ‘chosen values’ — the should values that we actually choose to hold onto and live from.
The last circle is our ‘core values’ — those chosen values that truly matter most to us. Since these core values are an integral part of your life purpose, when you are living a life on purpose, you are living a ‘value-based’ life, rather than a ‘lifestyle-based’ life.
Let’s face it, living on purpose is simply a lot more fun than living a life based in fear and shoulds.
People who know their life purpose and are living it have a renewed zest for life. They can bring purposeful play to almost any situation and find or create ways to have each day be a reflection of their true joy and purpose.
For me, a life on purpose is a life of ultimate integrity. It’s a life that is whole and complete.
People who know their purpose and are living it, know who they are and why they are here. They live true to their core values as they serve themselves and others through the expression of their life purpose.
8. Trust / Faith
As people clarify their life purpose and begin to live true to it, many of them report a surprising increase in synchronicity and serendipity in their lives.
It’s as though the Universe is rewarding them for the courage to live true to their purpose. With this comes a deepening in trust and faith for most of these people, as they realize that indeed there is a greater force in the Universe than themselves and they are an integral part of that force.
According to the dictionary, grace is ‘the unmerited divine assistance given man…’ and people living on purpose often report living a grace-filled life.
When you commit to living true to your purpose, something amazing begins to happen. The Universe lines up with your intention and commitment. Perhaps this quote says it best:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creativity there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
“All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” W. H. Murray
And perhaps we can summarize the other 9 benefits under this last one.
People living on purpose live in the flow of the Universal stream of consciousness.
Rather than fighting against the current, they allow the current of what’s wanting to happen to happen. They allow what’s wanting to flow to flow.
They know that while they may never completely understand or comprehend God’s divine design and plan for this Universe, they can still be an integral part in its realization.
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Brad Swift is the Founder and Director of the Life On Purpose Institute, with a mission of advancing “A world where all people live purposeful, passionate and playful lives of service, lives of mindful abundance balanced with simplicity and spiritual serenity.”
• Life on Purpose – MP3 Audio Download from LearnOutLoud
• A Life That Matters Free Video Series – includes an introduction to the Life On Purpose Virtual Video Coach, a web-based coaching program that allows the user to self-direct themselves along the Purposeful Path using the Life On Purpose Process as their road map and with Brad Swift, the originator of the Process, as their guide.
It is intended to help people:
* Clarify their true, Divinely Inspired Life Purpose once and for all, and in the process,
* Uncover that aspects of themselves that tends to stop them from living a full-blown and authentic life, then
* Provide them with the tools and the means to, over time, design their life to be a true reflection of their purpose.
Steve Pavlina, author of Personal Development for Smart People has been through the Life On Purpose Virtual Video Coach. After his experience of the life on purpose process, he wrote this email to Brad Swift:
“I was able to go through your entire video course last week, including all the videos, the workbook, and the bonuses. You really did an outstanding job on this program! I love your step by step process and how you incorporated personal stories.
“Your program even helped me get a clearer sense of my own life purpose as well as my inherited purpose, so it will be easy for me to recommend it. I find it really helpful to think of my purpose in terms of beingness, not just doingness.”
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