It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
DAME REBECCA WEST
You were born with an inner guidance system that tells you when you are on or off purpose by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with
your purpose. To begin to home in on your purpose, make a list of the times you have felt most joyful
and alive. What are the common elements of these experiences? Can you figure out a way to make a
living doing these things?
Pat Williams is the senior vice-president of the Orlando Magic basketball team. He has also written 36 books and is a professional speaker. When I asked him what he felt the greatest secret to success was, he replied, “Figure out what you love to do as young as you can, and then organize your life around figuring out how to make a living at it.” For young Pat, it was sports—more specifically, baseball. When his father took him to his first baseball game in Philadelphia, he fell in love with the game. He learned to read by reading the sports section of the New York Times. He knew he wanted to grow up and have a career in sports. He devoted almost every waking moment to it. He collected baseball cards, played sports, and wrote a sports column for the school newspaper.
Pat went on to have a career in the front office of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, then with the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team. When the NBA considered granting an expansion team franchise to Orlando, Pat was there to lead the fight. Now in his sixties, Pat has enjoyed 40-plus years doing what he loves, and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Once you are clear about what brings you the greatest joy, you will have a major insight into your purpose.
This second exercise is a simple but powerful way to create a compelling statement of your life
purpose to guide and direct your behavior. Take time now to complete the following exercise.
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