Discovering and living ON purpose is the single most important thing you can do to live a life that you want. Purpose brings out positively, our passions, usually involves helping others and requires us to be true and honest with ourselves. It forces us to be strong, resilient, bounce back quickly and mindful of every day, every hour, every second that we live. Taking inspiration by Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose theme that arises; be present.
Here are my top five takeaways on why you should live ON purpose vs. living FOR purpose:
1 | Life Is now, not later – Your life is happening now. This very minute. This very second. Not next month, five years from now or when you are 80. Focus on making the most of it NOW. Start loving your life this very moment.
2 | Do not worry – Being a worry wart will not get you. Period. It can actually cause detrimental effects to your mental and physical health. Eckhart Tolle uses a great example will bills. Many of us worry about bills, right? Why? Tolle says that we should not worry about paying bills, we just have to do it. That is if we get a bill and do not have the financial funds to pay, instead of worrying about the if’s, but’s & and’s about what could happen, we should take action on figure out what to do next.
3 | The future is an extension of now – Who you will be, how you will be and what you will be in the future will be an extension of your who, how and what you are now. That is, you can certainly change bad or needed behaviors, but at your core how you approach things, your attitude and your response to challenges will continue. Really take this in. Picture who, how and what you want to become. Now, practice being that person, NOW.
4 | Your energy will carry you forward, or backward – The mind is the most powerful part of your body. It will take you (or not take you) to places that you’ve always dreamed of. I believe you have two choices when something challenging or negative comes up: 1. let it destroy you or 2. let it strengthen you. The power of positive energy NOW will have tremendous and direct effects on your future.
5 | Now is Wow – Tolle tells us that living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. A firm believer in the fact that the more we can be conscious of our thoughts and emotions, we eliminate the change for future and past thoughts, which are irrelevant to now, get in the way of our true ability to live in genuine peace and happiness. Do you want to know how to live in the now? Just do it!
When you understand that living now will help you to achieve your future dreams and allow you to fulfill your purpose you will begin to not only realign with yourself but realize that you are living who you were meant to be. So remember…: