‘Be certain that all members can clearly state the shared purpose by heart… It is for each individual to find their personal alignment between group purpose and their life’s purpose… Once ‘cross-purposes’ are released, the energies can flow freely, and Higher Purpose can be accomplished.
(from Higher Purpose card, available at www.thewisdomwheel.com)
Only 5% of Americans believe they are living out their Higher Purpose. Are you one of them? Imagine working with people who love what they are doing so much they'd do it for free? What difference does it make when you believe you are spending your days doing what you are meant to?
On the Wisdom Wheel, the Law of Right Action balances Higher Purpose, as you can see above. It is easier to know what to do when your sense of deliberate intention informs every one of your Choices. Think of people you know who are living purposeful lives, not in a self-righteous way, but from a place of deep Commitment. What is the cost of not living from a place of deep, abiding purpose?
For the next ten days, make Higher Purpose your watch word. Bring it up in conversation as often as you can. Learn more about how people discover their Higher Purpose. If you knew you only had a year left to live, what would you spend the next 365 days doing? This might hold a clue to your true purpose.
Identify one thing you can do this week about your Higher Purpose, or to help someone else with finding or living by theirs. Don't wait till it's too late.
Here are some nuggets of wisdom about Higher Purpose from others.
This law says that we have taken physical form to fulfill a purpose. You have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world--and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that spark creates affluence.
Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Becoming a force of nature doesn't mean that all of our aspirations must be ‘grand.’ First steps are often small, and initial visions that focus energy effectively often address immediate problems. What matters is engagement in the service of a larger purpose rather than lofty aspirations that paralyze action. Indeed, it's a dangerous trap to believe that we can pursue only ‘great visions.’
Peter Senge in Presence : An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society
A man…who knows the ‘why’ for his existence will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’ … What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.
Victor Frankl, psychologist & concentration camp survivor
Every life needs a purpose to which it can give the energies of its mind and the enthusiasm of its heart. Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Saint Francis of Assisi
The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, this you will become. Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pityings, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planted seeds, to failure, unhappiness and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power-evolving universe.
James Allen (1864-1912) British philosophical author of As A Man Thinketh
Creating a joint venture between head and heart puts a power pack behind your goals. Getting your head in sync with your heart and harnessing the power of coherence gives you the energy efficiency you need to achieve changes that haven't been possible before. The head can notice what things need to change, but the heart provides the power and direction to actually bring about the changes.... By using your heart as your compass, you can see more clearly which direction to go to stop self-defeating behavior. If you take just one mental or emotional habit that really bothers or drains you and apply heart intelligence to it, you'll see a noticeable difference in your life.
Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution
There are three components to the Law of Dharma…a Sanskrit word that means ‘purpose in life.’
-The first says that each of us is here to discover our true Self.
-The second component is to express our unique talents; the expression of that talent takes you into timeless awareness.
-The third component is service to humanity.
When you combine the ability to express your unique talent with service to humanity, then you make full use of the Law of Dharma.
Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Chase your passion, not your pension.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.
Barack Obama, US President
Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German American physicist won 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics
We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety, a hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. Try to be at peace with yourself and help others share that peace. If you contribute to others’ happiness, you will find the true goal, the meaning of life.
The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader
The sole purpose of life is to grow... everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. ...The greatest rewards in your whole life will come from opening your heart to those in need. The greatest blessings always come from helping... It is very important that you do only what you love to do. You may be poor, you may go hungry, you may live in a shabby place but you will totally live. And at the end of your days, you will bless your life because you have done what you came here to do.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,(1926- 2004) Swiss born psychiatrist and researcher studied death and dying and popularized the five stages of the dying process, books include memoir, The Wheel of Life.