"Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it." Brian TracyA 'Keep It Simple System', that's perfect.A week ago my mother had her 86th birthday. My youngest son, always likes to invite a few of his friends to his family members birthday's. These are young people, a couple of years out of college, and one just completed his tour of duty with the US Army. All of them are trying to move in the direction of some form of stable vocation, but one of them has hit some rough patches because of lack of jobs in her chosen field, another has second thoughts about her chosen field, and the third has begun a family, and so has taken a good paying position but not in his chosen field, so is not committed to the position.When I ask any of them what they are going to do? They say the same things, I really don't know. No ones hiring. Its not easy. I thought I knew what I wanted now I'm not sure. I wish I had some other choices. I could go back to school. I'm going to wait and see what happens. I'll just keep looking. I don't care anymore, I just want a job. My life has changed. I have a family to feed now, etc.Then when I asked them, "What is it you would want to do, if you could? There is silence, and then the well I could, list of things, begin, until eventually we're back to the same confused place we started. I recognize the problem, because I was young once, and didn't quite know what my life purpose was, I chose one path, that wasn't my true path, throw in a few choices, and another few circumstances, and you wake up one day, walking through a maze, of your own creation.The best way out of the maze is the 'Keep it simple system', which is simply, "Know your purpose." Rather than try to fit you, the square peg, into the round hole, or go on a wild goose chase searching for the square hole, know that, if you are the square peg, you are also the square hole.Jack Canfield states in The Success Principles, "Without purpose in life, it's easy to get sidetracked on your life's journey. It's easy to wonder and drift, accomplishing little."Finding out what your life's purpose is, doesn't have to be complicated although it might take a little effort in identifying, and acknowledging it. But one does not have to invest, time and energy in a psychological vocational test to tell them what they would be best suited to do with their life. Everyone is born with the natural resource to do all that is needed to find ones life purpose, It's called your inner guidance system."It is the soul's duty", say's Dame Rebecca West, "To be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion."Our inner guidance system lets us know, when we are on and off our purpose, which is why we can sometimes find ourselves confused about which where to go. The confusion comes from the pulling away in the opposite direction of the things that bring us the greatest joy, it creates in us an internal struggle.Jack adds, "With purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be 'on purpose' means you're doing what you love to do, doing what you're good at and accomplishing what's important to you. When you truly are on purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you. The world benefits, too, because when you act in alignment with your true life's purpose, all of your actions automatically serve others.So my suggestion to these young people is to do what Jack say's "take the time to understand what you are here to do, and then pursue it with passion and enthusiasm."(There are many free resources available to help anyone find their life's purpose if they need help doing so. Jack Canfield has a 21 day free course and many free downloadable resources, and his book The Success Principle, can be found at the local library.)
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