Stating Your Purpose Helps You Achieve It
Positive statements, whether written or spoken, can be powerful tools which help you achieve your purpose. Concrete statements help you set your mind towards anything you want to do, achieve, or attain.
When you make these statements as if you already believe them, as if they were already true, and when you really allow yourself to experience the emotions that accompany the desired scenario, you are convincing your body mind to start acting in ways which help you accomplish your goals and achieve.
Studies have shown that by making positive affirmations you will be firing up new neural pathways in the brain which will literally lead you towards your goal.
First of all, you have to get clear about what your purpose is. You can get some clues about this by looking at the patterns and themes which run throughout your life. What are you passionate about? What do you love to do? What could you do effortlessly all day long, and would be happy to do for nothing? That is your “Why,” or your purpose.
Let’s say you love feeding people, and you want to make a difference in the world. Combining your love of feeding others with your desire to help, you might decide your purpose is to open a soup kitchen for the homeless.
Now, picture yourself as if you have already accomplished your goal:
How will you feel when you are standing in your kitchen, serving good food to hundreds of hungry, homeless people? You might feel proud of your accomplishment, and a sense of satisfaction.
You may feel deeply content, and bursting with joy at the pleasure you derive from your acts of service.
Once you are clear about your purpose and you are in touch with the feelings you will feel when your goal is reached, it is time to make some specific, measurable steps that will help you get to where you need to go.
Maybe you need three years to achieve your goal. Break the time frame down into small, doable steps to help you get there. Perhaps you will say,
“In three months I will have a team of willing volunteers together to help me plan and execute the steps needed to reach my goals.”
Then you might say,
“This week I will put an ad in the paper calling for volunteers”
“In two weeks I will write a newspaper article.”
“In three weeks I will go on the radio to talk about the project.”
And so, on and so forth. Of course, you should personalize the statements for your own situation.
Notice how you feel as you imagine accomplishing each of these smaller steps. Elated? Happy? Encouraged? Excited? Inspired? Motivated?
Now to the “Stating your purpose” part.
You could say,
“My purpose is to serve the homeless by feeding them nourishing, wholesome food, and doing this brings me the greatest joy imaginable.”
“I am so happy and fulfilled now that my purpose of feeding the homeless is accomplished.”
Stating your overall purpose and the smaller steps necessary to accomplish it, whether verbally or in writing, make you more likely to achieve it.
One study showed that those who write down all their goals increase their chances of achieving them in comparison to those who don’t write them down. And when you write down the smaller steps required to reach your goals, this acts as a kind of road map:
Now you know where you are going as well as how to get there. Add in a timeline, and the emotional responses you will have along the way, and you are already well on your way there!
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