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What is your ‘raison d’être’?

As my personal development journey evolves I find myself looking at other areas of my life.
Where else can I improve? What am I here for?
When my time is done, what impression would I like to leave? What do I want to be remembered by?
Don’t worry, I’m not going all hippy or anything. But I’m sure I’m not alone either in wondering what my life’s purpose is.

So what is our life’s purpose and how do we find it? Personally, I believe that to begin with, our actions (or what we do each day) must be aligned with our thoughts, our values and our aspirations. How many times have you heard that “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”? Well, that’s because when you love it you never feel like it is actually work. Many people who make a living from their passion are almost embarrassed to be compensated for it!

I bet most of you would put your hand up for that position but funnily enough many of us have not taken the time to work out what it is we love doing i.e. putting to one side all financial restrictions what would we be most happy doing with our time if we didn’t have to worry about keeping a roof over our heads?

How good would that feel to be paid to do something that you love to do rather than the drudgery of your 9 to 5 job?

Well, just like we do in our business’ we need to work out firstly what our vision is for our personal life, then decide on the strategy which will deliver this vision.


So what is our vision? It’s strange (and sad) how few of us have taken the time to determine our ideal world and the steps that need to be put in place to make it happen.

  • I would suggest creating a list of all the activities both at work and in your home life where time seems to fly by when you are doing them.
  • Now create a second list of the activities which have you looking at the clock every two minutes.
  • If the list of activities you hate (the clock looking one!) are those which generate your primary source of income then your actions are most likely maligned with your thoughts, passion & values.

Therefore I doubt that: 1) you can ever be happy in your current career 2) you can ever reach your potential if you remain on this path you are certainly not living your life’s purpose!

So what to do? Well now that you have worked out which activities you enjoy ask yourself if these are skills that you could use to generate sufficient income to replace the job above.

For example you might have a passion for fitness and find that others are always asking for your advice? You enjoy helping others so you decide to align your actions with your thoughts, values and aspirations. Enroll in a Diploma in Fitness and become a personal trainer!

Don’t be overwhelmed by the “how.” Instead just visualize the end goal, then break up the tasks to be done to achieve you vision into smaller daily and weekly chunks.

Make time daily when you can work towards your life purpose without distraction. I find 5am is the best time for me before life’s daily stresses give me an excuse not to work on them later.

And remember:

“The Difference Between Who You Are And Who You Want To Be Is What You Do

And What You Have To Do To Get Where You Want To Be

May Not Be Pretty Or May Not Come Easy…”

Johnny Maher

Anxiety & Addictive Behaviour Specialist

Business Productivity Consultant