I like how Agent Smith described purpose to Neo in Matrix Revolutions.
Agent Smith: But, as you well know, appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we’re here. We’re not here because we’re free. We’re here because we’re not free. There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist.
[Several Agent Smith Clones walk in]
Agent Smith Clone 1: It is purpose that created us.
Agent Smith Clone 2: Purpose that connects us.
Agent Smith Clone 3: Purpose that pulls us.
Agent Smith Clone 4: That guides us.
Agent Smith Clone 5: That drives us.
Agent Smith Clone 6: It is purpose that defines us.
Agent Smith Clone 7: Purpose that binds us.
I know, I know…you’re thinking, “what in the world does the Matrix have to do with my life purpose. Just as Agent Smith described it in the movie, purpose does do a lot of things. Many times it is the rudder that guides us as we journey through life. It defines much of what we do.
Many people go through life from thing to thing because the don’t have a purpose that keeps them on track. A purpose that keeps them going in the right direction.
People often end up working somewhere or doing something that does not fit who God created them to be. Often times we end up sacrificing our purpose on the altar of someone else’s purpose because we never saw ours and how it fit in the place we were.
Let’s make sure we understand this first, a life purpose is not about “what you do” it’s about “who you are”. It’s not doing it’s being. It’s about BEING the person you were created to be.
So let’s get started. Follow these steps to begin figuring out your life purpose:
- First, identify times in your life you felt most alive.
- Second, break down those times into major themes of what you were being or experiencing.
- Third, combine these themes into a life purpose statement that defines a compelling and fulfilling life where everything you “do” flows out of who you are.
Purpose…without it we truly don’t exist. We just keep stepping through life not knowing what’s next. Begin to live your life on purpose with purpose.