Your Finest Hour

Posted by Patrick
Your Finest Hour

Quick! What is your purpose?  What do you live for everyday?  Why do you work?  What keeps you going?

Do you have an answer to those questions?

Most people don’t and many of those who can have answers that are incomplete or, oftentimes, meaningless.  The fact is that your purpose should be the cornerstone of everything that you do, it should drive everything from your long term goals right down to the simple things that you do everyday.

This is another key element to the happiness that seems to be so illusive to some.  Just ask the ever wise Helen Keller…

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

She’s spot on, of course.  Think about it…who do you think is happier…the actress obsessed with how she looked in the most recent slew of paparazzi shots, or the missionary bent on making sure that African children have enough to eat and clean water?

The answer is easy, but oddly, we don’t have any television programs to pick the next “lucky missionary to Africa!!”.  So many people want things that most surely will not make them happy.  And many of us who have the sense to know what would make us happy  don’t have the luxury (luxury?) of leaving our lives and our families to go tend to African children.  So what is our purpose here, now?  Whom do we serve and how?

Of course, only you can answer that question.  My point here is to stress the importance of taking the time to answer it.  William James asserts that

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

What purpose drives you that will outlast you?  Whether it is service to your family, your community or the world at large.  What will you do?

Once you have asked yourself this question and come to a conclusion that excites you, work to  align your purpose, goals, vision and values.  When these come together you develop a belief in what is possible that is unparalleled.  You must have synergy to speed up the process.

Know your purpose and live it everyday.

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.

Sir Winston Churchill

 

 

9 Responses to Your Finest Hour

  1. (Your comments box could use scrollbars as I can no longer get to the bottom of my post to change it…)

    Once you have asked yourself this question and come to a conclusion that excites you, work to align your purpose, goals, vision and values. When these come together you develop a belief in what is possible that is unparalleled.

    For many people, they ask themselves this question all the time, every day, for years, and do not arrive at a conclusion that lasts for any measurable amount of time.

    What is the process for finding purpose and passion?

  2. Brandon says:

    Great Stuff! Thank you.

  3. Don Phoebus says:

    Wealth does not bring happiness, but wealth gives you a better opportunity to bring happiness to others. This brings peace, and joy into your life, which is better than happiness.

  4. Susan Oja says:

    Right on, Patrick!

  5. Marilyn says:

    Appreciate the information. Reminds me to stay focus on my purpose and everything else will fall in place.

  6. Kelly says:

    Dear Mr. Shaw,

    You have asked me a question before that still haunts me to this day, but today you asked another question that I find myself stuck on:
    ‘Once you have asked yourself this question and come to a conclusion that excites you, work to align your purpose, goals, vision and values. When these come together you develop a belief in what is possible that is unparalleled. You must have synergy to speed up the process.’

    I have asked myself the question and come to a conclusion, can’t say that it is all that exciting, but it drives me; I believe my purpose, goals, vision and values are aligned, at the very least a ‘work in progress’ and I have a belief in what is possible and my belief is unparalleled . . . I’m looking for ‘synergy’ to ‘speed up the process’.

    Can you help me with ‘synergy’?

    For what you have already done for me, I Thank You sincerely, and for what you have yet to do, I Thank You in advance. My best to you and your family.
    Kelly

    • Patrick says:

      Kelly,

      Great to hear from you. The synergy is a natural byproduct of having these 4 areas supporting one another. Specifically, when they are not congruent and fighting each other its difficult to achieve your goals. Once they are aligned, which it sounds like they are in your case, you want to start working towards a specific goal. When you start working towards a meaningful goal in your life is when you really begin to experience the benefits of having them aligned. This is when you speed up the process and really feel the joy of having alignment. Hope that helps. Patrick

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