What is Living on Purpose?

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Steve Jobs

When we speak of living on purpose quite often our minds race to a religious definition.   If you were brought up in a religious household or you have sought out solace via a religious entity you may have been taught that God has a “Purpose” for your life.  Furthering the confusion especially for the individual in early recovery.  Twelve step programs as well as other forward thinking people have learned to keep the concept of God extremely simple. They suggest the concept of a Higher Power or the acronym G.O.D.;  “Good Orderly Direction”, until you have a personal “Spiritual Experience”.

You may ask, if my definition of God is vague then how can “Living on Purpose” truly apply to me?  Well lets start with the concept of “Purpose”.  Truly living on purpose is living one day at a time consistent with your values, developing goals and dreams that are in congruence with your values, and working consistently to achieve those goals.  What you do to earn money is simply utilizing your strengths, likes, healthy desires, that are in harmony with your values.

Whether you are a surgeon, sanitation worker, carpenter, or work in any other vocation it is simply your contribution to society.  It is a part to the whole and not who you are!  Living on purpose is doing what you want, what you are happy doing, and adds positively to our world.  It is not predetermined by anyone or power.  It is decided by you.

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂