Why Awesome People Don't Copy Other People.

The idea of finding your purpose can seem intimidating. It can be scary to not know what's your life's work is intended to be.

The whole discussion around purpose and passion and life choices is important -- but doesn't need to be overly complicated.

Putting your quest for purpose into action is no more involved then you living life purposefully.

You being purposeful in everything that you do.

But what does that mean?

It means that you're not quick to copy someone else just because they have a new hack, trick, or "proven process." You follow the clues left by successful people, but you don't have copy-and-paste existence.

You watch what works and continually learn and grow.

Being purposeful means that you have to capture what you're doing, measure it against your intended outcome, and then make corrections to improve those results if you're not happy with what you have experienced so far.

That's the essence of being purposeful. It's not some "Come-to-Jesus" moment at a tent revival, although there is nothing wrong with that.

It's about the boring, pedantic details of how you live your life each day.

It's the stuff you might not think matters.

Learning and growing and improving. Not by copying someone else, but by being intentional in every area of your behavior.

For starters, here are a few of those things:

  • What you do.
  • What you read.
  • How you spend your time.
  • The people you hang around.
  • The food you put in your body.
  • The words that come out of your mouth.
  • Who you're willing to work for.
  • What wealth means to you.
  • Your daily priorities.
  • The people you consider credible.
  • How you treat your kids.
  • How you treat your friends.
  • What you say about your enemies.
  • What you believe about yourself.
  • The stories you tell yourself about yourself.
  • The excuses you give to other people.

Being purposeful demands that you know where you want to go.

Been purposeful demands that you know what you’re doing right now.

Being purposeful demands that you take action when you're not getting the results that you want.

It's about you being deliberate about slow and steady progress towards the finish line.

You won't find purpose without first being purposeful.

Dan Waldschmidt