Purpose is a hot topic.

It’s also the hallmark of a comfortable life.

Not long ago, nobody considered if what they were doing was their life’s purpose: they were busy trying to find food and shelter or even just staying alive another day. Or their “purpose” was decided by those in power before they were even born.

While some people still live in similar circumstances today, the more fortunate are blessed with the health, comfort, security, freedom, and above all opportunity to ponder whether what they’re doing is what they should be doing.

It’s a mental exercise worth doing. Purpose is EVERYTHING because it gives life meaning.

However, it’s also elusive. It can be hard to find, tough to nail down, and easy to lose.

Tweet from Bryan summing up the messages in this post

So many folks kind of coast through life, waiting for purpose to find them.

Or they do the opposite: search for purpose so much they end up questioning everything they do (“should I really bother with this job? this hobby? is it what I’m meant to do?”)

Both approaches are false.

I believe purpose starts with DOING.

And whatever it is you do, take it seriously and do it the best you can, with all your gifts and all the tools that help ensure success. Things like,

  • structure
  • focus
  • discipline
  • daily goals

And when the work is done, be just as diligent with the restorative things that add oil to your lamp:

  • training
  • walking
  • water
  • sunlight
  • diet
  • sleep
  • family
  • friends
  • pets
  • reading & relaxing
  • laughter
  • new experiences

Apply those principles to “whatever the hell it is I’m doing” and eventually it will reveal itself to be either an ineffectual waste of time and energy…

…or your purpose.

It’s your life. What you choose to do with it is up to you.

Just do it well.