Living With Purpose

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 3, 2010

living with purposeLiving With Purpose Can Help You Through Your Dark Nights

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~ Robert Byrne

The Buddha was a motivated man and really he had to be. He was on a mission. To discover a means to end the suffering of humanity. No small task if you ask me.

He gave up everything to achieve his goal. He left behind riches, fame, power and his family. He felt an extreme need within himself to help out his fellow brothers and sisters.

A great and mighty compassion filled his heart, and that great love spurned him on to greatness.

Now don’t be fooled by some of the stories you may hear about the Buddha. This was no easy task that he set out to accomplish. It took him about five years accomplish his goal.

He left behind everything that he knew and loved. Wandering the streets and forests of India with only his monks robes and a begging bowl. Totally dependent on the kindness of strangers. Even going for days without food.

The Buddha traveled everywhere in search of a mighty master that could unlock the mysteries of the universe for him.

I can only imagine the fear and isolation he must have felt on those dark and lonely nights. Far away from friends and family, sleeping in dangerous jungles filled with animals that would tear the flesh from his bones if they just caught a whiff of his scent on the midnight breeze.

It’s my bet that even the Buddha needed a little motivation every now and then.

Some sort of reminder to “stay the course” and “go the distance.”

Some thought that fired him up and kept him moving toward his goal of Enlightenment.

And he did have a couple of thoughts that helped to keep him focused and we’ll look at those in just a moment. For now just keep reading on so that you too can find your own special fire starter for your life.

“The world is moved by highly motivated people,
by enthusiasts, by men and women
who want something very much
or believe very much.”

John Gardner

We all need a little motivation to get going with our lives. Something that puts a little zip in our step and gives us fuel for the journey ahead. Even a simple thought that gives us a reason not to hit snooze button just one more time in the morning. Some form of reminder to help us push through the tough times in our lives. An energizing moment that spurs us on to greatness.

The Buddha and the wise Tibetan masters knowing this fundamental aspect of human nature came up with four thoughts, or four reminders, to help steer their minds and in turn their lives toward achieving their goal of enlightenment.

These four thoughts inspired the Buddha daily to keep his eyes on the prize and do whatever it took to achieve ultimate bliss and wisdom.

They knew that everyone, even dedicated Buddhist monks, need some form of motivation and inspiration.

They had realized that not only knowing the end goal, but having clearly defined reasons for it’s attainment, were ultimately needed to have any chance of success at reaching those goals.

They came up with some pretty useful reasons to get out of bed and tackle the day. Simple ideas or reminders that inspired them to be determined to hold firm to the task at hand and find a way to make a difference not only in their lives but in the lives of others.

Four essential thoughts became the foundation that they built their practices around. Solid reasons and reminders that helped them to pursue and reach their ultimate dream.

Living With Purpose – Four Thoughts To Keep You Going

These Four Thoughts can help ground into your life the courage and determination needed to pursue those dreams that sleep within your heart.

So what are the four thoughts that can motivate us to truly be all that we can be? What are some reasons that we can come back to, time and again, to help us find the energy and drive to really set our lives a blaze with joy, passion and determination? Some thoughts to help us dig in our heels and push through the tough times?

There’s four of them and I hope they serve you well. They have helped me and gave me the perseverance necessary to change my life for the better and really begin living my life with purpose.

Our Precious Human Life

The first thought that can help you start living your life with purpose and have the courage to go for your dreams is the realization that this life you have is truly precious.

That you have a tremendous opportunity before you now. That it’s a blessing to be able to be alive. Take this awareness and seize upon it. Realize that you have the chance in this moment to create the life of your dreams.

Time Is Running Out

You never truly know how long you’re going to be alive for. Today may be your last. Realize this and use all your power to make your life the best it can be.

The Power Is In Your Hands

Begin now to take responsibility for your life. Realize that it’s up to you how the rest of your life plays out.

Former thoughts, words and actions became your present state and right now in this moment you have the chance to create the future of your dreams.

Become An Inspiration

Once you begin to truly live and enjoy your life that energy can radiate out and effect the world around you in a positive way. Once you begin to pursue what matters most to you and you begin to make your dreams realities you have the opportunity to inspire others to do the same.

Your life is precious. The moment is now. You have the power. You can become an inspirational life.

These are the Four thoughts that not only inspired Buddha but continue to inspire millions of people all over the world to have the determination to change their lives for the better. To start living their lives with purpose.

Living With Purpose Exercise

The Four Thoughts As A Foundation

If you liked the Buddha’s motivation you can use those as a foundation for your ultimate success. To make it easy to remember you can think of the four thoughts as affirmations. That way you can embed these truths into your subconscious mind and let the universe work it’s wonders through you.

The Four Thoughts As Daily Affirmations

  • My life is precious and I’m blessed now with this chance to be alive.
  • My life is sacred, special, and a fragile thing. Realizing that it may end at any moment I strive to live each day to the fullest.
  • Seizing upon this amazing feeling of strength, inspiration and determination I can feel a new awareness come to light within my mind. I know now that I have the power and might to create the life of my dreams and I can make the world a better place by becoming a better person.
  • And seeing this new potential open up before my eyes motivates me to become an inspirational life so that I can inspire others to do the same.

If the Buddha’s four thoughts don’t work for you take the time now to find out what does.

What is your motivation?

I personally like the Buddha’s four thoughts to steer my mind toward success. I use a combination of these and the thought that something that I have written can help to inspire a person like you to go for their dreams.

But the ultimate foundation that I use for my personal success are three people that are my whole world.

My own two beautiful children and my lovely wife.

When changing the world seems like too big a task I think of them and I’m filled with purpose and power once more.

Press on my friends. The world needs the miracles that only you can manifest.

Be Inspirational!


4 responses to Living With Purpose

  1. Wow – we sometimes forget why we’re really here. The Buddha’s story really made me think. I will apply those 4 thoughts and use the daily affirmations. I am sure it will help me make the changes I want to make in my life. Thanks Ian

  2. Hey there Chantal! I’ve found this technique to be really powerful. Try it for awhile and see what kind of results you get.

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