Mark Twain has been quoted saying, “The two best days of your life are (1) the DAY you are born, and (2) the day that you find out why.” Is this true? I believe it is. I think we are on a never ending mission to try and find out the “WHY”, or the real reason that we are here on this blessed earth. I have been enlightened by so many of the big thinkers in this world who have challenged mediocrity; Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Brendon Burchard, Steven R. Covey, Les Brown, and Hyrum Smith to name a few. What I have noticed, in many cases is many of these people have found their “WHY” and now are passionately teaching others the process they went through in order to find it. I am a recipient of their passionate teachings, and at some point in my life will get the chance to thank them individually.
For now, I push forward on the same path. I am daily striving for what Maslow called “Self Actualization”. I believe once a person comes to a place of peace within themselves, and has found purpose in helping others achieve their goals, dreams, aspirations, they have found the innate reason for living. I do believe we all have a purpose for being here. We all have our own “WHY”. So how do we find it? Here are 3 suggestions:
- Surround yourself with good people! – They say you are the product of 5 people you spend the most time with in your life. For some, a good hard look in the mirror, and your circles of influence, is very appropriate, for others you are where you need to be, CONGRATS. Unless you surround yourself with positive, self driven, motivated people, who can help you move forward in your life, you will always underachieve what you can really become. Good people will push you to become more, and help you find your real reason for living.
- Question the Status Quo – Are you really okay with being mediocre? Are you really okay with doing what everyone else wants you to do? Or are you ready to have a breakthrough, a critical tipping point in your life? Don’t be afraid to question everything everyone has ever told you about the “norm”. We live in a world of changing times. A world where stability is difficult to find. Where businesses are treating people more like numbers, a means of accomplishing their bottom line, rather then an asset providing continual value to the company. It’s okay to realize you don’t have to work for “A” company your whole life. Most likely your “Loyalty” won’t be reciprocated when times are tough. So challenge the idea. Is there really something more to life than working the 9-5. Will that really get you where you want to be, when all is said and done? Will it provide you with the things you need to really create a legacy for you and your family? Challenging the Status Quo will help you think outside the box, help create the paradigm shift you will need to find your “Why”.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – One thing I have learned is that if you are afraid to make mistakes, you will never find your real purpose for living. I once read a quote, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Mistakes are going to happen. Even once you have identified your purpose in life, you will be tricked, fooled, and even led away from your “WHY”. You will make mistakes, but count those as a positive things. Chalk them up as experience and move on! You are on a mission to find your true meaning in life. Don’t be afraid!
Remember the only CONSTANT thing in life is CHANGE! Either you are adapting to change, or change is dragging you through life, and you are not paying attention. Wake Up! You weren’t created and put on this earth to just “GET BY”. You are destined for something great! Make a conscious decision to find out that destiny. I think Mark Twain did get it right, “The TWO best days of your life are (1) the Day you were BORN, and (2) the DAY you find out WHY.”