Developing the Mindset of Purpose – Part 2

“There is the pain of change and there is the pain of regret if we do not change.  The pain of change weighs ounces while the pain of regret weighs tons.”  Jim Rohn, Business Philosopher

There is pain in change.  But there is pain when you don’t change. How do you overcome the fear and pain of change?   By developing a mindset of purpose.

A mindset is “….a fixed mental attitude or a habit”.  You must develop the habit of thinking ON PURPOSE, WITH PURPOSE, and FOR A PURPOSE.  Know what you want and why you want it, and the mortal fortitude to stick by your guns, and that mindset of purpose will explode through the mind block of fear.

Discovering your purpose and pursuing it with all that is in you is crucial to finding success in your life.  John Maxwell in his book, “Failing Forward” gives three reasons for individuals not progressing to the life they were destined to enjoy as paralysis, procrastination and purposelessness.

Picture this.  You have received a gift.  A beautifully wrapped gift, just for you.  It’s just waiting for you to unwrap it.  It’s got your name on it.  But year after year after year, the gift remains unopened.  Why?  Because deep in your heart, you fear that the box will be empty.  You fear that there is really is no “Big Dream” – no “Big Future” –  no “Big Promise” – no great life story.  You fear that your life is now and always will be –  lived out as an insignificant event in the course of time and passing.

Remember, the number one fear for most people is that they will live a meaningless life – a life without a purpose.  Break through that mind block of fear with a mindset of purpose.  Start today by thinking on purpose, with a purpose, and for a purpose.   It can change the story of your life and you can live with the joy expressed by George Bernard Shaw when he wrote:

“The true joy of life:  the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy”.

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