Charles Garfield in his book Peak Performance says, “Alignment is when what you do fulfills your greater purpose and goals.”
He’s right. Think for a moment about how it would feel to know at the end of everyday for the rest of your life that each day had been truly worth living. Wouldn’t that be an incredible feeling? Every day would be better than the day before.
How close are you to getting there? If you’re even one step closer today than you were yesterday, then you’re on your way, because success is simply the progressive realization of worthwhile goals. To live a guilt-free, anxiety-free life is to live your life on purpose.
Problems? Yes, you’ll have your share, perhaps more than your share at times, but you can now live with the confidence that everything you attempt, whether you get the immediate results you want or not, is part of your plan. What a way to live!
Everything you experience in life, the power you receive and the power you lose, is a result of the decisions you make. If you want new directions, you must make new decisions. When your decisions are purpose-based, you are more likely to see your destiny tomorrow reflect the plans you make today.
Here are four keys to help you maintain an on-purpose attitude:
Key Number 1: Let your purpose guide your every decision. As you do this, do you believe it will allow you to live a life of greater abundance (relationships, finances, business, etc.)?
Key Number 2: Make every decision subject to your most cherished values. Ask yourself: If I do this, will it help me make positive strides toward the things in which I believe most (God, health, family, money, friends, etc.)?
Key Number 3: Make every decision without wavering. Stay committed. Studies indicate that the most successful people are clear on their purpose and values. This is why they are able to make decisions quickly (#1 and #2 above) and change them slowly, if at all.
Key Number 4: Journal every poor decision. Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. I have been keeping a journal for years where I note each decision I make that has produced an undesirable outcome. I review this journal whenever I have an important decision to make because I do not want to make the same wrong decision twice. I encourage you to create such a journal for your miscues as well.