I think that the two most important questions in life are, “Why am I here?” and “What am I going to do about it?”
Why am I here?
This question is really about the purpose of your life and can be expressed in several different ways, “Why are you here?”, “What is your life about?”, or”What is the purpose of your existence?”
This question has philosophical, scientific, and theological ramifications and has been the subject of speculation throughout history. My Christian tradition teaches that God has a purpose and plan my life, but even non-Christians want to believe that their life has a purpose.
This life purpose is what Phil Cooke refers to as our “One Big Thing.” What is your “One Big Thing?” In his book, One Big Thing, he says,
Your purpose is bigger than any obstacle like physical limitations, financial circumstances, being fired, or other failures. Nothing can change the fact that you have a unique reason for being here, and there’s still time for it to play out.”
So, what is your unique reason for being here? What were you born to accomplish? What is your life purpose?
I can’t determine your life purpose for you, that is something that only you can do. What I can do is show you the tools that have been helpful to me, and help you ask the right questions as you determine your purpose in life.
What do I do about it?
Once you have found your life purpose the question becomes, “What are you going to do about it?” Are you going to continue to live your life as you are living it now, or are you going to make the changes that will allow you to live your life purpose?
What kind of changes am I talking about? Well, I believe that there are three specific things that you can do once you know your life purpose:
First, you can create a life plan. A plan for your life will give you a road-map to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.
Second, you can implement the productivity tools that will help you take specific steps toward living your purpose in life.
Third, you can begin to develop your personal brand and a platform that will allow you to share your life purpose with others.
So the question remains: Does your life have a purpose, and is it possible for you to discover it? Once you discover your life purpose, how do you use it to make a difference in the world? Let me know what you think in the comments here.