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The Power Of Purpose

“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The 1st is, ” Where am I going?” and the 2nd is, “Who will go with me?” If you ever get these questions in the wrong order, you are in trouble.” —Dr Howard Thurman

 Purpose gives your life a meaning. It helps you focus on what matters most and ignore distractions. If you don’t have a clear purpose, it’s so easy to be taken advantage of and side-tracked by things that don’t add any value in your life. When you have a clear purpose, you value your time more, ignore time-wasters, take full responsibility for your life, accept hardships of life and are driven by the excitement of the person you are becoming not just of accumulating things.

Purpose, to me, is a path that one has to take in order to reach their destiny. Imagine you are in city A and there are so many cities you can connect to – B to Z. Now, which city you connect to should be chosen based on your passion and strengths.  That’s why when you ask most people what their purpose is, they say “To help people!” Whether it’s the homeless, elderly, etc, but it’s helping people. The main question is, “how will you accomplish that purpose of helping people?” The lowest form of helping people is to reach out for donations. This is being dependent on others to help you help others.

The highest form of living your purpose is using your own gifts and talents to raise money in order to fulfil your purpose – relying on yourself. The way you find your gifts and talents is by studying yourself, observing your passions and strengths – those things you like and do so well. Socrates, one of the greatest philosophers said, “Know thyself.” That’s what he meant. Studying yourself is a long-term process. A normal university degree takes about three to four years of serious studying – tests, assignments, researches and examinations. However difficult and challenging the process, you have to stick it out. This, I’ve found to be the same with finding your gifts and talents, it’s a process that’s full of challenges. All of us have these hidden treasures within us, saying you don’t know what they are won’t help you, you have to study yourself.

In simple terms, your gifts and talents are your vehicle to accomplish your purpose. Remember, your purpose is just a path to connect you from where you are to where you desire to be and the means or vehicle to get there is your gifts and talents. So, choose where you are going first and then choose the vehicle and partners that will help you get there.

Veli Ndaba is a leadership and Insightful Speaker, Life-Coach and Neuro- Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Author of three books (You Are Born to Win, Your Dream is Calling You and SWITCH ON!), Newspaper Columnist and Entrepreneur. To book him to help you and your team unleash your greatness, contact him on veli@velindaba.com, www.velindaba.com and 083 304 9773

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