Updated: July 19, 2020
Over the weekend, I accidentally saw a friend sitting alone quietly in a coffee shop, and reading, The Purpose Driven Life. I approached him to say hi.
“That’s an interesting book choice for you,” I greeted. “What happened to Tom Clancy?”
He was surprised but glad to see me and immediately offered a seat so we could chat.
“This book’s been gathering dust in my father’s bookshelf, so I decided to rescue it while I wait for the new Tom Clancy this July,” he answered.
“I see. So how do you find the book so far?” I asked again.
“Inspirational. And I can now understand why this book is a bookseller.”
Our conversation went on for a few minutes until I decided to cut it short because I already needed to be somewhere else.
As I said goodbye and walked out of the cafe, I can’t help but think about the term “purpose-driven” and how powerful that phrase can really be if you apply it to your life.
Setting aside the spiritual lessons of the book, I personally believe that being purpose-driven is what helps you achieve your goals.
It doesn’t matter if it’s physical or emotional; spiritual or financial… if there is something that you want to attain, then you have to live each day with the purpose of getting one step closer to that goal.
The Most Important Task of the Day
The next time you come to the end of your day, perhaps while you’re in bed… and thinking already of the things you need to do tomorrow.
Pause for a while, and ask yourself: “What are the things that I want to achieve in my life?”
Then challenge yourself and answer the question: “Tomorrow, as another day begins for me… what can I do that will bring me one step closer to that goal?”
The reply you give yourself is your most important task of the day and the one which you should do with the highest priority and without compromise.
Do you want to lose weight? Then commit to taking the stairs instead of the elevator tomorrow.
Do you want to learn how to play the guitar? Then put it on your schedule to watch a beginner’s video tutorial online during lunch.
Do you want to save more money? Then promise yourself not to order a soda and to drink only but water for the whole day.
Do you want to have your own business someday? Then visualize it already happening in your mind while you commute or drive to work, and again as you make your way back home.
As you can see, the task doesn’t have to be anything grand, or time-consuming. It can just be a short deed or a simple challenge for yourself. What’s really important is that every single day, you’re doing one thing that serves the purpose of realizing your dreams.
Try it and you’ll see how “living a purpose-driven day” can help you achieve so much in the long run. And it should be, because after all – great things start with small beginnings.