Finding a Definite Major Purpose for Your Life
“Cherish your visions and your
dreams as they are the children of
your soul, the blueprints of your
In my opinion, the most important step anyone can take in the development of themselves and in the development of their potential is to determine a Definite Major Purpose (DMP) for their life!
If you really think about it, the most successful people in the world do this instinctively. Some of them may be well aware of the importance of having a major purpose in life while others just happen to stumble upon their purpose and never give it a second thought before diving in.
What are some of the characteristics of a DMP?
- It is work you would do whether or not you were paid
- It is something you have passion for
- It is something that YOU believe to be very important
- When you hold the vision of yourself engaged in your DMP, you feel excitement and joy
- It is work that you would like to be remembered for…Your LEGACY!
Why is it, then, that so few people ever find a DMP for their life? Why do we see so many people who don’t enjoy their days and spend all of their time wishing for something more?
From my experiences with coaching clients and with my seminar audiences, one of the most obvious pain points I notice is the fact that many people have not decided what they WANT out of life.
This is not surprising. For the majority of us, from a very young age we were conditioned to follow instructions, do what others told us to do and listen to outside opinions. So we did. We did what we thought we were supposed to do. Our own wants and desires in life took a back seat to what were “supposed” to be doing to establish a safe and secure future.
For many folks, a critical assumption had been made in their life and it translated to a mindset of lack and personal limitation. The assumption is that ‘I cannot make a living doing what I love to do.’
By assuming this statement as an absolute truth, we see millions of people in our society accepting the ‘fact’ that their dreams in life are unrealistic. Many people file these dreams in a memory bank for safe keeping with the hope that one day, in the distant future, they will be in a position to be, do or have their heart’s desire.
If you happen to fall into the above category, or even if you don’t, I would like you to consider the following question:
“If you had all of the resources, money, self esteem, confidence and personal power to accomplish anything, what would you do?”
This is a powerful question to ask yourself because you are really talking about a higher purpose. You are searching for the answer to the following question, “What was I put on this earth to do?”
The exciting and empowering realization is that we all decide what our purpose is. It is literally up to us to decide what we want to do, what we want to dedicate our life to, find our own reasons for doing so and then pursue it.
OK, so figuring out your DMP in life isn’t exactly a trivial task. In fact, it took me 7 months of reading, studying, meditation, having discussions with people close to me and lots of introspection to finally decide I wanted to be a personal development speaker and success coach. Now, during this time period I certainly had an idea about what I wanted and the path I was on but I did not make a firm decision and set a clear goal (HINT for Lesson 2) until my 7th
month of searching.
The point is, do not be alarmed, frustrated, overwhelmed or anxious if you don’t know what your DMP is. In fact, GET EXCITED by the fact that you are, starting TODAY, on a personal MISSION to figure out what it is you WANT out of life!
Part 1 – Exercises
The following exercises will put you on the fast path to discovering your Definite Major Purpose.
1. Make a list of your Major Passions in life. This should include anything that you love doing that really makes life worth living for you. Do NOT worry about how to classify the passion or whether it meets certain criteria. If you LOVE doing it, write it down.
2. For each Passion you listed, close your eyes and visualize yourself participating in the particular activity. On a scale of 1-5 (1 being low and 5 being high), how strong of a positively charged emotion do you get from the imagined activity.
3. For this step, your job is to use the FULL EXTENT of your imagination! This means you must remove all LIMITATIONS and allow yourself to assume that ANYTHING is possible…
For any Passion you ranked a 5, ask yourself the following question:
“What is the biggest and most exciting way I can express and experience this Passion?”
HINT – If you are stuck on this step and need some inspiration, invest some time to research people who are already masters at performing your particular passion activity. What are they doing with their life? How are they using their talents?
4. What do you want? For this final exercise, your goal is to make a list of at least 20 things you want to be, do or have in your lifetime. These are your WANTS (material, spiritual, relationship, philanthropic, etc…) and it is time for you to declare them to yourself. Just think, most people go through their entire life and never perform this powerful exercise. Once you have completed this, you are already MILES ahead of the game.
Once you have completed all 4 exercises, go back and review them. You might want to type them out and save them in an electronic journal. If you really want to commit to making lasting change in your life, send your answers directly to me using the Contact Us Page.
You are now ready to move on to Part 2!