Morning time sets the course for the rest of the day. Do you feel a burst of energy when you wake up? Maybe, maybe not. I admit that some mornings I wobble out of bed wondering if the Sandman stole my energy as I drifted off to sleep. You may wonder how I retrieve it. Fortunately, I possess something that pumps up my energy almost every single day…a definite purpose in life.
Here’s what Napoleon Hill says about definite purpose.
“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Don’t be like a ship without a rudder, powerless and directionless. Decide what you want, find out how to get it, and then take daily action toward achieving your goal. You will get exactly only what you ask and work for.”
Make up your mind today what it is you want and then immediately move towards it. Successful people move on their own initiative, but they know where they are going before they start.”
That’s what the Integrated Individual does. When faced with impending purposelessness, uncertainty or procrastination, he fires up his passion with the ammo of definite purpose. He understands that an existence without purpose stands out as one of life’s illusions and he conquers it with deadly precision.
Important recommendation: Read Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich” and “The Law of Success.”
When you look at today’s important activities, how do you feel about them? Are they challenges that you happily look forward to conquering or do you see them as burdens that weigh you down? You can see why possessing a definite purpose makes life worthwhile. People without a purpose actually hold on to the thought of getting the work day or work week over with so they can indulge in some mindless activities.
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t relax and enjoy some pleasurable activities, but if that’s your purpose in life, you have a real problem. After a productive day of working on my definite purpose, I love to slowly sip some Chardonnay or Brandy and listen to my favorite music. The Integrated Individual enjoys the pleasures of the body, mind and spirit purposefully.
Action or Procrastination
Your definite purpose must inspire you. Without inspiration, you won’t stick to it. Don’t just decide on something willy-nilly. The Integrated Individual knows what his (her) definite purpose is because he lives by his highest values.
Once you decide on your definite purpose, a deadly enemy will confront you. Even though it’s one of the best friends of the irrationally selfish individual, it will attempt to befriend you. It goes by the name of Procrastination and it will tempt you with the illusion of mindless short-term pleasures. Like they say, with this kind of friend who needs enemies. The Integrated Individual never forgets that he is in charge of the unique and powerful experience that manifests as his life.
Once it’s time to work, get going…because there’s a chance procrastination might have you lamenting about what you need to do which could cause you to shuffle papers or check out social media fluff. To conquer the non-action habit, you need to make a list of your “A” activities. I have mine on a Word doc. with the simple title of “Action.” Just start on one of those activities. Albert Einstein stated “Nothing happens until something moves.” You need to take action, then more action. The Integrated Individual packs his arsenal of success with plenty of action.
Let’s face it. You will face many challenges that seemingly come out of nowhere. That is what makes life, well life. Often events appear random and unpredictable. Existence isn’t some lily-white phenomenon that you can statistically inventory, predict and perfectly forecast. In fact, it appears quite chaotic. The Integrated Individual finds order in chaos. Sometimes unpleasant events happen to you and the people around you. How you act and what you do during times of trials and tribulations define you.
Let’s turn to the wisdom of Norman Vincent Peale. “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them for they’re always there.” What great advice! Brian Tracy says “I believe through learning and application of what you learn, you can solve any problem, overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal that you can set for yourself.” The Integrated Individual overcomes obstacles and achieves his goals by conquering life’s illusions.
I think you agree that it’s worth your while to meet life’s events with high energy, especially since there will be times when that prankster Murphy from Murphy’s Law shows up to spoil your day. His motto is “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Success in life is positively correlated with the amount of times you failed and were able to rebound by pursuing newer and better opportunities. Do you know that successful people failed many times before they discovered the road to success? Heck, I can tell you many tales of failure, frustration and heartbreak.
You need to accept failure as a cost of learning and more than that; a measure of learning as well. One of my goals in creating my blog and website is to help you avoid the mistakes I made. Yes! You can conquer life’s illusions much quicker than I conquered them. Once upon a time, I believed I dressed as the Emperor of Integrated Individualism. Fortunately for my long-term progress reality exposed me as the emperor with no clothes.
If you want excel at your definite purpose or any other activity, you need to be proactive. You’ve heard that practice makes perfect. You reach mastery by gaining as much experience as possible by working as effectively as you can; then one day you arrive at the place you always dreamed about. Don’t permit anyone to discourage you with the nonsense that you must discover some magical formula of realization or spend years learning the 5823 rules of success. If you use the Law of Attraction successfully and take the necessary actions you will eventually succeed.
Robert Ringer says “Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by know-it-alls who thrive on bestowing their knowledge on insecure people. Mentally close your ears and put blinders on your eyes, and move relentlessly forward with the knowledge that what someone else knows is not relevant. In the final analysis, what is relevant to your success is what you know and what you do.”
You decide on your definite purpose in life, which should supply you a positive attitude and the motivation to get moving. Next you take immediate action to gain the raw experience you need.
There are two prime ways to gain insight: through wisdom or through woe. When you can’t gain the proper advice or pre-learned insight, you’re going to have to figure it out on your own. You’re faced with the slow trial and error method. My fervent desire is to eliminate much of the woe you will experience by attempting to wing it. I supply you with years of insights, some I learned the hard way and I quote other people who can help you. You can’t afford to live your life in despair. Instead of running away from problems you conquer them. Most of the time things never are as bad as you think they are. It’s much better to directly face your challenges than to cowardly run away from them.
The Integrated Individual takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions. He reigns as an impeccable warrior who uses his many resources to conquer the illusions that have invaded his body, mind and spirit. Do you have a history of conquering the challenges that life throws your way? If not, you can start making history. Are you an impeccable warrior who soars with confidence? Do you possess the motivation and enthusiasm to take action?
A List of Important Questions
- Have you decided on your definite purpose in life?
- Have you written your long-term goals, intermediate goals and short-term goals down or typed them in a Word doc?
- Are your most urgent desires being met?
- Are things going according to your plans, and if they aren’t, are you adjusting your plans accordingly?
- Do you allow your desires, plans and goals to fire up your enthusiasm? If you’re not fired up, you need to rethink your definite purpose.
- Are you taking purposeful actions to accomplish your goals and desires?
- When making plans that will propel you towards your definite purpose or any secondary goals, do you see the big picture, the details or both? It’s best to see the big picture and the details clearly.
- Do you have the amount of time and resources necessary to complete your goals? Often you have to make time and discover the necessary resources. Your definite purpose deserves everything you can give it.
- Do you anticipate the pleasurable activities you will indulge in after a productive day of working on your definite purpose and secondary goals?
- Do you give yourself a reward for completing goals? Pleasurable rewards can spur you on to greater achievement. Enjoy life. After all, you’re not a cold emotionless drone. If you feel a nothingness while working on your definite purpose you need to step back ask yourself why you are not enjoying the journey. Working on your goals should supply you pleasure and satisfaction.
- Are you ready to effectively use the eternal Law of Attraction to achieve your dreams and desires?
The Integrated Individual experiences the joy of his existence because he (she) takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions, generating positive energy and attracting the things and circumstances he needs to succeed in his endeavors. His life expands as a wondrous adventure and he experiences pleasure and ecstasy regardless of whether other members of the economic system are experiencing good times or suffering bad times.
Isn’t this exciting! You, the Integrated Individual exercises immense power as an impeccable warrior. As you move closer to becoming a Master of Life you will begin to generate massive amounts of positive energy which makes it more likely that you will attract whatever you need to accomplish your goals and desires. You will succeed at anything you put your mind to because you possess the techniques to do so.
RA Meyer – Human Action in the Social maze