Back in 2015 I wrote a blog post about the 12 week year, and my plans for 12 weeks. I wrote it during the reading of a book called the 12 week year. The idea was that with focus, it was possible to do in 12 weeks, what many people did in a year. It was a good book, and the blog post I wrote, whilst rushed, had some solid plans. And yet few of them really came to fruition – although I did run a tough mudder. That electrical thing at the end ranks amongst the worse things I have ever done!
I am not sure I can think of many worse gravestones. Maybe “he was full of bad intentions and always followed through”, is a little worse! Still, the idea that we should be here and not fulfill our potential has always worried me. And yet, somehow I am not fulfilling mine. Part of the problem is that I have some grand idea that I should be following my passion. Yet while I have things I love, I have never had an overwhelming passion for anything.
I listened to something the other day by Brian Johnson. He suggested that our purpose is pretty simple. And that it is the same for everyone. It should be to become the best version of ourselves we can become and to help others. It’s pretty simple and it resonated. It’s also something that is relevant to everyone.
Now you can play around with that a bit, and develop it further or hone in on different areas of your life. Elon Musk gave a fantastic TED talk back in 2017, where he said:
“I think it’s important to have a future that is inspiring and appealing. There has to be reasons you get up in the morning and want to live. Why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future?” — Elon Musk
Those questions are valuable ones to try and answer.
- Why do you want to live?
- What’s the point?
- What inspires you?
- What do you love about the future?
Do you know the answer to those questions for you? For me, I can answer the first three with I want to be able to become the best version of myself I can be. The last question I can answer it by being able to see what the best possible version of myself will be!
I will continue thinking about my purpose as I move forward and it may well change. But for now, for the first time I have a purpose I can get 100% behind.
How about you? Do you know your purpose? Here are a couple of examples from some people I admire. If you know more, or want to share your purpose, please do so in the comments.
“To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” Oprah Winfrey
“To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes.” Richard Branson
“I think the value of beauty and inspiration is very much underrated, no question. But I want to be clear, I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.” Elon Musk