What Were You Born To Do?

Creating vision often requires solitude, peace of mind, and clarity. This isn’t a one-time event, though. It’s a process, a daily effort to continually refine our vision and begin moving towards it through daily deposits.

To achieve clarity, often we have to remove the clutter from our lives.  This can be done physically, or mentally.  I think it’s both.

Physical clutter is a distraction to our mind.

Empty Chair

To remove mental clutter, start with removing physical clutter.  Take one room in your house and clean everything out.  Now put a chair back in there.  Only a chair.

And sit.

The likes of Bill Gates, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison used to sit and just be still.  They would sit and just think.

Today I’m wrestling with this question as I sit: Who gave you your first job? What kind of job was it? How much money did you make?

My first job was a paper route. I delivered papers from the handlebars of my bicycle through the suburbs of Omaha. I battled the elements, rabid mini-dogs, and non-paying customers. The job had me up before school, folding and bagging papers for pre-dawn delivery. Once a week, I would go around and collect the money from my customers.

This job taught me many things about myself:
I liked working, and I liked money. It didn’t matter that as a 13-year old I was up before anybody else, begging my dad to drive me around when it was raining or snowing. It didn’t matter that I had responsibilities my friends didn’t have. I had a purpose.

There was something pure about that job.

I was working; my head was down and I was busy. There wasn’t much money in paper delivery, but that wasn’t the point. I was prepared to work night and day because I loved what I was doing. I was working, providing for myself and making my way in the world.

I’ve had many jobs since then, and I’ll likely have many more, but I’m beginning to work for a different reason now- because I was made to work. And that particular work I was designed for is where I’m headed.

The power of purpose can’t be overlooked.  And it starts with having a clear vision of what it is you want in your life.

Don’t start any other projects without a clear vision of the end.  Write this vision down, or draw it, or find a picture on the Internet that represents exactly what you want to achieve. Look at it every day to keep it fresh and sharp.

Then get after it.

Take some time today and answer these questions for yourself, and post your response in the comments below. Go ahead, I’ll read every one.