Purpose is Found Beyond “What’s in it for Me?”

I was blown away by the profound truth of Andy Stanley in his Resolutions series. I was listening to part 2 of his sermon series this past week while on the Stepmill at the gym. As he uttered these words I found a smile growing on my face… If you have been following my writing […]

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I was blown away by the profound truth of Andy Stanley in his Resolutions series. I was listening to part 2 of his sermon series this past week while on the Stepmill at the gym. As he uttered these words I found a smile growing on my face…

If you have been following my writing for any length of time you know that Purpose is my platform. I have recently completed my first manuscript on this very subject and hope to launch by June. I am passionate about helping other people find their purpose.  Andy Stanley is the best communicator in the country as far as I’m concerned. The fact that he would chose to address this topic has only affirmed my conviction in the value of purpose.

Here’s the thing though…your purpose is not about you! Success comes when you seek to invest yourself rather than protect yourself. It is human nature to preserve our lives. We avoid risk, buy life insurance, wear seatbelts, etc. We value comfort and routine above all else and seek to live our lives “inside the lines.” We construct comfort zones which gives us our identities and self worth. In doing so we insulate ourselves from the very people, places and causes that need our “purpose” the very most.

So, as we bring the first month of 2015 to a close I would ask that you consider the following:

The Art of Losing Yourself

Could you imagine living in a world that valued above all things, second place? What if we were raised to believe that our primary purpose was to serve others? I guess if this were the case there would be no reason for me to write this post… Yes, there truly is an art to losing […]

The Magic of Mistakes

You will never be content confined to the comfort of familiarity.  Last week I wrote on the subject of thinking less and doing more. By no means was I suggesting reckless actions without giving thought to potential consequences, but rather avoiding “over-thinking.” When it comes to making and achieving lasting change, you know there are […]

Think Less, Do More

This past weekend, my wife and I watched the movie Divergent. The film depicts a futuristic society divided into 5 subcultures or “factions” as the story goes. The main character grows up in one particular group with a strict set of guidelines and imposed values. It is a requirement of every citizen in this society, irregardless of […]

Fear is a Friend

We’ve all the heard the famous quotes on fear, but here are a couple that resonate with me: “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” -George R.R. Martin “Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” -Dan Brown I have also heard that fear stands for “FALSE EXPECTATIONS […]

Worry is a Waste

Why in the world would I write about worry (particularly in light of my current focus which is purpose?) Whether you realize it or not, you will relate to the harsh reality of this message… “Worry is a double-whammy…it makes no contribution to the future and it most certainly steals from the present.” This statement could very easily […]

Find Your Flow with Flexibility

Yes, you can be both intentional AND flexible at the same time… As I wrote on Wednesday, intentionality is essential when it comes to finding your purpose. Life is traveling at warp speed and you can either watch it or participate in it. I would suggest the later, that is if you have any hope […]

Intentionality is Intense

The INTENT of my last several posts is to encourage intentionality in 2015. My primary INTENT is to give you the encouragement to live your life on purpose. By now, you know how I feel about perfection and if you are still striving for that…well, I’m not sure how much this will help? You see, […]

Make it a Manifesto…

Ok, so now that you understand the importance of purpose (NOT PERFECTION) it is fine time to document and PUBLISH your intentions. How do you do that?? Well, let me give you a couple examples to give further insight on where I’m going with this: “Sweat Once Per Day” “Creating a More Connected World” “We […]

Your Manifesto Matters (but don’t take my word for it!)

As we continue to discuss the power of purpose, I want to make absolute certain that you understand the value of a manifesto. I said it once (but I could say it everyday for the rest of my life!) What I am more concerned about is that you hear it!  Have you ever been in […]

Dare to Decide

Do you have the ability to make a decision that could potentially determine the way you live your life for the next 360 days? tweet=”If you desire for anything different in 2015, you must make a decision. Either you plan the trajectory of your year or someone else will.” coverup=”u7UfW”] My wife and I spent […]

Still Not Sure?

The ball has dropped and 2015 is now in full swing, but are there still some changes that need to be made? The window for New Year’s resolutions is now tightly closed, right?? WRONG!!! Today is Monday, January 5th and the world would tell you that you should have already recorded your list and taken […]

Your #1 Goal for 2015

Now is the MOST popular time of year to be discussing goals. I’m not going to quote the statistics on failed resolutions, we all know the results are less than stellar. Rather than asking you to consider your goals for the entire year ahead, I’m simply going to suggest one: (dare I be so bold!) […]