What is a purpose driven life?
“The purpose of life, as far as I can tell… is to find a mode of being that’s so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant.” – Jordan Peterson
Peterson goes on to talk about how meaning and purpose is found in responsibility- through making the conscious decision to pick up a load and carry it. Responsibility makes it all (pain and suffering) worthwhile.
A purpose-driven life is having a sense of where you are in the world and figuring out what matters and what is meaningful to you. It’s understanding and living your values; knowing and doing your work. We must become fully responsible for ourselves. Once we’ve done that, we can begin looking for additional responsibility.
Finally, we need a compelling vision for our future that pulls us towards it. You can access our free Goal’s Course to dig deeper into this (Found under the Courses tab).
How do you live a purpose-driven life?
“To whom much is given, much will be required” – Luke 12:48
It comes down to belief, expectation, knowing, and action.
The belief that you’ve been given the amazing gifts of existence and ability. Of being you and doing what you do; both unique.
It’s recognizing and embracing that the world expects more from you than it does from other people, and that it needs more from you than it does from other people.
It’s knowing what matters most and what needs to be done.
Finally, it’s taking action in service of those things; it’s doing what needs to be done.
From there, it’s following your Prime Directive of relentless and incremental progress towards your potential- and doing it every day.
That’s how to live a purpose-driven life.
Remember the last time you moved? You looked at the ocean of boxes and felt overwhelmed. Here’s the trick; pick up the first box and carry it where it needs to go. Then pick up the next box and carry it where it needs to go. Go for the heavy ones first.
And the same is true for this. Become a difference maker. There are differences all around you that need making.
Most people stand around overwhelmed and waiting for cues/direction. Not you. You do.
Don’t worry about whether or not your passionate about it. As you get good, you’ll become passionate about it. But don’t put the cart before the horse. Meaning, don’t put pressure on yourself to find what your passionate about. Instead, do meaningful and impactful work- as you do that, passion will follow.
You know what else will happen? Other people will see you doing it and they’ll be inspired by you.
Will this work for you? Only one way to find out.