I love this quote by Og Mandino:
I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.
There is a sense of freedom when we do what we love. And there is great sense of frustration and limit when we do what we have to.
Demartini talks about “living a quiet life of desperation” – when we live without purpose, without the knowledge that we are destined for so much more and the action to prove it.
An interesting fact is that what is most hurtful become your life mission. We have a never-ending drive to fix what we perceive has gone wrong. In other words, what may be my biggest hurt (void), is probably the biggest gift to me. It is the gift that I am able to serve others with. It is the gift that fulfils me most, inspires me most and where I am most focussed.
Demartini explains life purpose as Intrinsic vs Extrinsic values. Intrinsic values are the most important priorities and loves in your life. The things that you prioritize when you DO stuff. See, talking about it, is not the same as DOING. For example, I can say that I need to exercise, that exercise is an important healthy activity, discuss what the benefits are etc., but only when my life demonstrates that I spend my time, energy and space on exercise, it is really that important.
Intrinsic values also demonstrate my long term vision, I identify with it and I have surplus attention when doing things that relates to it. I love to talk to others about it, I often think about it, time flies when I am busy with it and no one has to remind me to do it.
When we live aligned with our life purpose and fulfil our highest values, we are more resilient (challenges are easier and we see things as “on the way” and not “in the way”), our self-worth increases, we have excellence in what we do and have a greater chance at achievement and are leaders in that area.
The opposite is true for when we live according to lower values. We get overtaken with frustration, obstacles become hard to overcome, we have a lowered self-esteem and we feel unfulfilled. Our behaviour demonstrates poor habits: others have to motivate us, and often we escape to addictions like gaming, overeating, drugs and alcohol.
Go to https://drdemartini.com/value_determination/determine_your_values for a tangible way to discover what is truly important to you, what drives you and what is it you are called for. Or come visit us.
Choose to live a life of inspiration, inspire others and be who you are called to be.