January
7

A Sense of Purpose

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A Direction for Your Life

If someone were to ask you what the purpose of your life is, would you have an answer? Most people would, but the majority of the answers would not be valid. Most would answer, “To raise my children,” or “To be wealthy!” These are goals that one might set, but are far from being an overall purpose. 

“An action in course of execution.” -Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

A purpose is something that you want to do throughout your life, regardless of other goals. It must be intermeshed with those goals, but it is NOT those goals. It is a reason to live, to exist, and a way to make a difference. Your purpose is something that will encompass all of the years of your life. Everything that you do will either align with your purpose or further it.

The Need for a Purpose

“All great success starts with selecting one major, definite purpose.” –Brian Tracy, The Psychology of Achievement

A purpose in life is what defines everyone. If you wake up in the morning, go to work, come home, go to sleep, and do the same thing day in and day out for the rest of your life, then you have no purpose. A side effect of not having a purpose is that you will not set goals for yourself. Without purpose, what would be the point? Without purpose, you have only the concept of survival.

Look at the major successful individuals of the world, be they business people, politicians, doctors, or even lawyers. Every one of them has a cause that they are passionate about. It might be animal rights, or even saving the environment. This cause, their purpose, is what has driven them throughout their lives to constantly reach further, to take an extra step towards their goals every single day. Purpose is a requirement for success. You cannot achieve one without the other.

Choosing Your Purpose

Before actually choosing your purpose, take a moment to consider your passions. What are you fascinated with? What is important to you? Is there some wrong being committed everyday that leaves you saying, “Someone should do something about that.” Does a hungry child break your heart? Do you wonder why no one is feeding them? Look inside yourself and find out what you feel strongly about and you will likely have your purpose.

When you consider a possible life-long purpose, take into account those very words, “life-long.” Is your purpose something that will still be this important to you in sixty years? Is it important enough to invest years of your life into? It is vital that you should be committed to whatever purpose you choose. If not, then you are merely wasting years of your life.

Lastly, when choosing your purpose, you must be certain that it is enough. You have to be able to lay down in the evening and say, “I did a good thing today.” It must be enough of an impact for you to believe that you are doing something great for the larger cause. Purpose is a reflection of self. If we do not believe one hundred percent in our purpose, we will not believe in ourselves. If we do not believe in ourselves, we will never achieve success within our own hearts and minds.

Your friend and companion on life’s journey,

Richard

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January
6

Reaching your Ultimate Potential

A popular mindset in today’s society is the belief that we should live one day at a time and accept our life stations. While it is commendable to be able to enjoy your life at every moment, a lack of looking to the future can be hindering to say the least. Take the example of a boat at sea. The captain of this ship is in the middle of the ocean with no compass. He wants to reach a certain point, but has no map or a plan to get there. He is just hoping that the waves will happen to push him in the right direction. His chances of reaching his destination are pretty much zero. He knows where he wants to go, but has no plan on how to get there. He is lost at sea.

Those who do not place goals in their lives are pretty much captains of that very same boat. They will end up tossed on the waves, going whichever way the wind blows. They wish and want, but they do not take the necessary steps to get there. They do not plan ahead. A map of your life is an integral part of reaching your goals and achieving personal success. This holds true for every aspect of your life, from financial all the way down to the minor aspects, such as where you live.

Why do I Need Goals?

“Man’s need for meaning and purpose is the greatest single drive in human nature.” -Brian Tracy, The Psychology of Achievement

Often we think that we have it made. Nevertheless, regardless of your current station in life, you will inevitably find that you are not happy because you have no purpose. A life without goals is a life without purpose. There is something inside the hearts and minds of humankind that drives us to go further. We must be doing something, reaching for some better way. This is the very same concept that was found in the many great inventors of the past. They had to shoot for something bigger, something unknown to them. They did not do it for the money, but rather to improve things within their lives as well as to impact the world. Humankind simply must have a purpose to achieve personal success.

What should my Goals be?

First, before even considering your long-term and short-term goals, take into consideration your ideas. Very often people see a rich guru on television marketing an idea or a product that they had thought about years before. He or she might have been that rich millionaire if only they had taken their ideas seriously. Make it a point to write your ideas down and insert them into your goals. Do not simply consider and idea and toss it to the side. Plan out how you can see it to fruition.

As for the legitimacy of your goals, use common sense, but do not be afraid to dream. Base your goals on what you want out of life, of what you wish to ultimately become. Do not listen to those around you who tell you that you cannot possibly achieve something. Your boundaries are those that you set. Do not allow others to set them for you.

Plan your goals one step at a time. Do not write down that you want to go to college, then on the next page put that you want to be rich. That is the equivalent of the ship lost at sea. Plan out each step of your goals, each section of your life. Do not just put where you want to be, but log how you plan on getting there. Just saying that you want to reach a particular point is not enough.

An individual that has what he or she considers a truly successful life of achievement is one that recognizes the fact that we must have somewhere to go, and a map to get there. This is where most people drop the ball. They have somewhere that they want to be, but they have no idea, no plan, on how to get there. Set goals, utilize your ideas, and aim for a future of achievement.

Your friend on life’s journey,

Richard

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January
3

Financial Freedom

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The Bonds of Money

Money is, unfortunately, a requirement in today’s society. How much money we have is all too often the manner in which many people identify how successful we are. You must break the bonds of that point of view. Success can be measured in so many ways, and often money is the least of these. Of course, it is important to avoid debt as much as humanly possible, but do not measure your success by how little you owe or how much you have. Also, do not put too much credit on how successful other people think you are. The individual that is seeking it can be the only one to measure personal success. The opinions of those from the outside looking in will only hinder you. You will never find inner peace, achievement, or happiness through the opinions of others.

What is Financial Freedom?

“We cannot enjoy life if we’re worried over not having enough money.” – Brian Tracy, The Psychology of Achievement

Financial freedom is not a lack of debt or a multitude of dollar bills. It cannot be measured by some universal set amount of cash that you have stored up in the bank. Truthfully, financial freedom has a different dollar sign for everyone. For the poor man who is out of work and cannot afford to buy his family food, financial freedom might be three hundred dollars per week, or less. For the blue-collar worker who has three children and a two-bedroom house, financial freedom may be defined as enough money to get a bigger house.

You see, there are two financial aspects that are often confused. There are wants and then there are needs. Somewhere between those two, there is financial freedom. Wants are things that we do not necessarily need, but that catch our eyes. These are things that are not a requirement for our lives to be complete, but would be nice to have regardless. The needs are things that we have to have to survive. These consist of a home, a vehicle, food, clothing, and enough money to cover the utilities. They are the must-haves of life.

Lurking somewhere between the two are financial freedom. There is enough money to survive with a decent amount left over to enjoy a few luxuries occasionally. There is no danger of losing everything, or anything, though you might not have enough to buy a new car on a whim. Financial freedom is not being rich, as we often think. It is simply having the ability to be able to set goals without worrying about money. It is exactly what the term says, freedom from financial worries.

How Can I Achieve Financial Freedom?

This is a fairly simple process. First, set goals. Figure out how much money you need to bring in to lead a comfortable life early on. Toss out the concept of getting rich as your solution. If by some slim chance that should happen, then bravo for you. Nevertheless, do not under any circumstances factor that in or count on it. Simply figure out your monthly bills, add them all up, divide them by four, and see how much you need. Do not forget the minor aspects, such as fuel expenses and insurance. Be very thorough!

Once you have all this added up, begin to figure out how you can bring in this much money. Make your solution one that you can edit later on. Do not choose a career that tops out where you will make just enough to reach this point. Choose something that you can move up in. Once you reach your comfort level at this point, create a new plan that will take you to the next level. Do not make huge jumps in your plans. Just take it one level at a time, constantly working towards your next goal. As time goes by, you will see that you are getting further away from the “needs” point and nearing the “wants.”

The goal that we need to reach for when seeking financial freedom is, simply put, a lack of worry. Statistics state that the majority of people in the United States alone are one paycheck away from total loss. Those who accept this as a fact of life are those who will never achieve financial freedom or internal success. Plan your life out, step by step. Do not allow financial worries to stand in your way. Use common sense and a well-written blueprint to achieve your ultimate life goals.

Your friend on life’s journey,

Richard

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January
2

Loving Relationships

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Love Equals Life

You can have all the money in the world, the best business, a luxurious mansion on a hill, drive the newest sports-car on the market, and still not have a successful life of achievement if you do not have loving relationships. Healthy relationships are an absolute requirement for full internal and external success. If one does not have loved ones, then he/she is not a complete success. It is simply a requirement of the human condition. Consider the world’s most successful individuals, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, major marketing experts, etc. The one thing that the majority of these individuals have in common is that they are happily married with children that they love. This is not a coincidence. These individuals are successful only because they know that success cannot be achieved only by monetary means. Their true success was found in their hearts and the hearts of others.

Why Love?

“The purpose of life is to develop loving relationships. When we look back over our lives, we find that the most enjoyable times were shared with those we love. Love grows only sharing. The more you give away, the more you get back If we can learn to love ourselves and others, we can then go on to the full realization of our human destiny.” -Brian Tracy, The Psychology of Achievement

There are certain aspects of a life that signifies if it was a successful one. There is the financial end, the healthy aspect, the dreams that were achieved, and a few more. Many of these aspects can be considered as optional. Loving and successful relationships, however, are always a necessity. If a person is successful throughout his or her life and dies alone and lonely, then no one sees them as one who has lived a good and successful life. You need at least, the very minimum, of one special friend and one loving mate to be completely successful, even in your own eyes.

That Special Someone

In no way are we telling you to go out, find someone that you might like today, and run off and get married. There is a difference between a relationship and a loving relationship. If we have an archenemy, then that is a relationship. Granted, it is not a healthy one, but it is a relationship nonetheless.

You do not have to actively look for that special someone. It is not necessary to actually go hunting for them. To be honest, this often ends in tragedy. The trick is not to hunt for this person, but merely to be open to them when they do come. Don’t search, but keep your eyes open. At some point, you will stumble upon the right person, and it’s very important that you know them when they show themselves.

How Will I Know?

Recognizing the right person is a difficult task, at best. All too often we second guess ourselves. When the right person comes along, we wonder if we are making a bad choice. Usually we do this because we look at only the negative aspects of a person, be it physical, emotional, or mental. There are a few aspects one can look at to see if you are compatible and have a good chance at building a healthy relationship.

First, look at the individual’s goals. If your goals are to start your own business in your hometown and build it up over the years and their goals are to move to a foreign country, then obviously there will be issues. For this to even come close to working someone would have to give up on his or her dreams. If you have to surrender your dreams and life goals for someone, then there is a high probability that this is not the love of your life. Make certain that your goals and dreams are compatible.

Then, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of the possible significant other, look within yourself. Do you want to give everything to make this person smile? Does a moment alone with this person walking on the beach mean more to you than a full year of making money? When you give to this person, do you expect something in return or is it simple enough to have them near? Then, once you have answered all these questions, ask yourself if you honestly believe that the other person will have the exact same answers if they asked themselves the same questions. If the answer is yes, you likely have a winner.

Other Relationships

Relationships are important on a wider scale than merely that of the spouse. It is important to make good friends who would be there for you at a moments notice in your times of need. The best way to do this is to offer that same thing to others. When someone is suffering, be there. Ask nothing in return. Drop everything to be a friend.

The same holds true for children. If you have children, do not simply assume that fathering them was enough. Spend quality time with them. Take one day per week out and focus completely on them. Sacrifice time to go to their games, recitals, or any other activity that they are involved in. Time is your key here. To your children, though they likely will not realize it until they mature, your time is the most valuable asset, your greatest gift.

To reach a point in our lives where we consider ourselves successful achievers, we must always include the aspect of successful relationships. Along the way it might seem as if such things were too time-consuming and can wait until later on, after we have achieved financial success, but in the long run, we will find that we wasted years of our lives seeking our goals alone. True success can be multiplied by two, three, and so on. Do not seek achievement on the road of life alone.

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