When you start thinking about and then living with purpose something wonderful happens.
You start taking action.
You start doing things instead of second guessing yourself and procrastinating. You get off the couch and get going on the things you’ve always wanted to do.
Taking action becomes so much easier when you have a clear purpose. You have an outcome in mind and you know exactly what the next step is that you need to take.
What’s more important, you have big motivation to get it done.
Let’s look at weight loss as an example. You can try to lose some weight and get into shape for months and even years with little success.
Sure, you eat a little better. And you go for a walk every now and then. But because you don’t have an actual purpose, you don’t get far.
Now and then you’ll give in to the urge to snack, get a second helping, or indulge in a cookie. There’s no big reason to get serious about losing weight and there’s no deadline.
Now let’s pretend for a moment. You’re getting married in nine months and you’ve got to look fantastic on your big day.
You have a dress or suit size in mind and a pretty good idea of how many pounds you have to lose by your wedding day. Bingo! You have a purpose, a goal, and a deadline.
That’s exactly what it takes to get serious about losing weight.
You start taking massive action. You clean up your diet, cut out the sugar and processed food.
You start working out to tone and reshape your body as you start to drop those pounds. You read up on and learn as much as you can about nutrition and the latest trends in diet and exercise.
The result? You start shedding the pounds. And you’re looking better and better the closer you get to your non-negotiable deadline.
That’s the power of putting a purpose into action. It spurs you on and motivates you to do things and make changes.
Having a purpose also keeps you from procrastinating out of a false fear of failure. Does that mean you won’t fail? Of course not.
You may not hit your weight loss goal. And you may cheat and have a doughnut along the way. That’s not the point.
Even with the occasional stumble, your purpose keeps fueling your progress. You pick yourself up and get right back to it.
Purpose is motivating you.
Not taking action because you think you may fail is no longer an option.
And that’s a pretty big deal.
Overheard: “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of”
~ Bruce Lee