You have probably come across many writings, speeches, sermons or even posts and posters that have had something to do with purpose. In most times that I have had an encounter with this word, it was associated with destiny. Purpose is often viewed from a wide perspective. So wide that in some people I have talked to say once someone fulfils their purpose here on earth, that individual dies.
I am tempted to define what purpose is but then again you can google it or check the dictionary and you will find multiple definitions. If you google you will find more than definitions. One thing for sure is purpose can be many things depending on usage and the situation it is being used in. Purpose can be destiny just as much as it may not be. If used to speak of the objective which an existing thing is meant to fulfil. Purpose in its own right is the reason or why factor to ones what and how. Each time we question our action with why we are attempting to find out the purpose of the action.
There is a greater purpose, something I would call an umbrella purpose, I believe that. (You don’t have to think like me). This purpose is given by the creator or manufacturer. Take for instance electronic devices, when they are manufactured, they are made in accordance with their purpose. Some are phones, some are laptops, and tablets among others. They all possess common “purposes” but the umbrella or greater or main purpose is the one defined by the manufacturer. Let me put it in this way, no matter how much I can use a phone to type and do some work on it and even put it on my laps, it won’t make it a laptop. The reason why it will never be a laptop is that that is not its purpose. The way I use a phone is different from the way I use the laptop despite the two devices have intersecting uses. The purpose of the phone or laptop, therefore, guides my usage of it. This is important, the context of the previous sentence that is.
I am, however, not going to talk about the greater or umbrella purpose. I am more interested in the purpose that we encounter almost every day. One that determines our course of a cause and how we stick to this course of a cause. Our actions are ours, that is if you like me don’t believe that we are a simulation, and so the purpose we give them is our purpose. This makes us responsible for the outcomes of each action.
It is very important to always find out the reason and purpose behind our actions. Today, there is a lot of people going about engaging in many activities and just wasting their time because they do not know the reason why they lack purpose. What is funny is at the end of the day, they sit down and see no progress or change but have put in so much energy into some work. The moment action has no purpose, it loses its value and should at all costs not be undertaken.
In some instances, we can begin with purpose and amidst the action lose it. When this happens, we lose interest and become less concerned about the action. Certain actions are of prime importance and at times we, just out of nowhere lose focus or go off track. This happens not because we become bored but because we lose purpose. Purpose keeps us in check and in line, it guides what we do and don’t do. So While we need to know the purpose at the beginning of the action, a constant reminder of it as we get along is necessary. Write down The What: what do you want to do; The Why: Why do you want to do what you want to do; The How: How will I do what I want to do; and finally The What: What will be the outcome, and every time you feel like your interests are fading, read them to yourself.
While we can always find reason or purpose to our action, we need to also put in thought and evaluate the action as well as its outcomes. The actions that are not well thought through are often the ones that end up bearing little to no fruit or bear fruit that you may never use. Any action becomes burdensome when we lose the purpose for its existence. In this light, purpose is attached to determination or dedication to a cause.
Excuses and Purpose
Let me guess when you think of purpose all things that come to your mind are like Italian Gelato, French Gateau Fondant au Chocolat, the east African Khashat or Brownies, all sweet and good and definitely delicious. That is however not the case. Just as there is good and evil, positive and negative, there is also two main variants of purpose. For the sake of wording them, let us good purpose and bad purpose. Good purpose comes with non-disastrous consequences; it doesn’t affect you or anyone near you. The opposite stands true for bad purposes. It’s like you have a good reason for something and/or a bad reason for it. One thing that is purpose giving but usually derails us from the initial purpose or the course of our cause is excuse. An excuse is in all its worth reason to do or not do something. It is just as much a why determining factor as purpose is. This purpose usually justifies, exempts or defends our actions thereby giving us allowance to something.
Excuses are interruptions that give us purpose to not proceed. It is because of this that it is very difficult for one who is accustomed to giving excuses to succeed. They usually set up a goal with a well-defined purpose which is differed by an excuse. The excuse, in this case, gives them a superficial purpose that fades or blurs the initial one. We all want to succeed but one of the key components of success is consistency and consistency minus purpose does not exist. You may excuse yourself from excuses. Plus, excuses just make us run away from our responsibility especially when the outcome of the action were unthought-of. Let’s clear something here, there is no wrong is excusing yourself but there is something wrong with failing to take responsibility.
Aligning purpose to another purpose can help change ones’ perspective of things specifically things that have been developed with a purpose. To utilize these things, one must know and understand what their purpose is and see how best his/her purpose fits in the already existing purpose. In the event that your purpose does not match that of an already established system, actions, events, or a thing, you will have a horrible time doing that thing and will greatly resent it. Take for instance your what is a business, purpose or why is to get rich, your how is opening shops. What you will need is capital or support. If in your how school does not feature, when you are sent to school you will have a very difficult time and will likely not do it to your best abilities. Most students or employed people are often in misery due to the miss alignment of their purpose to that of the already established purpose of the system. Work then becomes hectic and school a useless thing. It is also important to ensure that none of your purposes is aiming to achieve two things that cannot collide, well at least until one is achieved.
Did I wish you a Happy New Year? Here is something you can try out this year: for every action that you will engage yourself in, no matter the size or magnitude, try finding out the purpose or giving it your purpose. you may write down resolutions or aims you want to achieve, sit down and ask yourself what do I want to do and why I want to do it. Thereafter, ask yourself how am I going to do it and what are the likely outcomes. Give purpose to your actions and see just how much progress you can make.
In my previous post, I talked about how life has many “race” and “lanes” and multiple winning points. This year, I wish while you are running your races in the lanes where you are a spectator, you can have a purpose for each step you make to reach your winning point. Happy 2021!!!!.