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Life Purpose 101

I was doing my daily reading today and a statement caught my attention:

“My goal is to become the person I need to be to create the success, freedom, and quality of life that I truly want.” Hal Elrod

So, I thought to myself, exactly what kind of person DO I need to be to create that?  Here are my thoughts on that.  I don’t think most of us intend to not be successful in life.  I think, when we don’t do certain things on a daily basis, we slowly erode away from whom we’re meant to fully be and slip into a mediocre version of ourselves who lives day to day, never really examining if the path we’re on is satisfying or likely to lead us to the success we say we want.

You might be wondering what I think those “certain things” are that we need to do every day in order to create our ideal life.  The overall “thing” is to be living in alignment with our life purposes.  I pluralized that because I think we can have multiple life purposes and they can morph and change as we grow through our lives.  For example, I recently rewrote my life purposes and here’s what I’m currently living daily:

  • Guiding and supporting others to become their most authentic, highest vibration versions of themselves.
  • To have a place where people can come to rest, rejuvenate, and become closer to Spirit and their real self.
  • To be a steward for this spiritual portal and raise it to a new level.
  • To mentor future generations on living their full lives of meaning.

Interesting to note another brilliant statement from Hal Elrod, the gist of which is this:  When I am committed to my life purposes that are bigger than any problems I encounter, those problems become relatively insignificant and you will overcome them with ease.  Love this!  It reminds me of an old saying, “If you have a problem and you upset yourself about it, then you have two problems!”  Again, the keen eye kept on the ultimate life purpose allows us to move more easily through the flotsam and jetsam that comes up in life.  For example, recently someone backed into my driver’s door in a parking lot rendering the door unusable.  so for the past 4 weeks I’ve been climbing across through the passenger door in order to drive, while waiting for the other person’s insurance company and the repair shop to work through how this is going to get handled.  Now this could have been a really upsetting and off-putting event, but I’ve chosen to look at it with humor (won’t be wearing any pencil skirts to work for a while!) and it really hasn’t slowed me down too much.

The important point from the above paragraph is keeping your eye focused on the goal, your life purpose, so as to not get knocked off your path.  So, what happens if one doesn’t articulate or keep focused on a life purpose?  We tend to wander off, further and further adrift from our purpose, feeling less and less satisfied with life, becoming more irritable, prone to addictive behaviors, and wasting our valuable time here on Earth in pointless endeavors (how many hours of TV do YOU watch a day?)  If that last sentence made you wince a bit, good.  Now let’s talk about what you can do about it.

  • First, just take a minute to write down all of the people, things, activities you LOVE.
  • Second, list all of the causes, movements, beliefs that you espouse.
  • Third,  look at all the potential ways you can serve those in your life day-to-day.

I’m going to borrow my friend, Donna, as an example here.  Donna works a long, hard job at one of the local mills in Green Bay.  This is her job, it pays the bills, it is not what she loves.  She loves animals and she loves card-making.  She’s combined these two loves into an endeavor that brings her great joy and satisfaction.  She makes cards for animal rescues which they auction off to raise money for their rescues.  She also sends packets of cards to veteran’s groups to be distributed to those who are wounded and recovering.  How’s that for creating a life purpose?!

Your life purpose doesn’t have to be what you earn your living doing.  It doesn’t even have to be what you spend a ton of time doing.  Your life purpose is something that moves you heart and soul, mind-body-spirit, toward becoming the person you need to be to create the life you want to be living.

So I challenge you to write down a few of your life purposes and carry them with you.  Look at them several times a day.  I have mine posted on my computer below the keyboard, stuck to the cover of my planner, on the dashboard in my car, and on my wallet.  They’re always there for me to reference and reflect upon.  It really helps me stay focused on what I’m here to do and not succumb to the pull of daily life events.

Here’s to you becoming the person you need to be to live more fully your life purposes!

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About the Author:

Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum
Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum is a holistic coach and clinical psychologist who believes people are capable of far more than they think they are.


  1. Stuart Koehler August 15, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Bonnie!

  2. Debbie Stevens August 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this blog ! Loved it! Congrats on living your life purposes!

  3. Patricia Young August 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Great post Bonnie! Love that quote from Hal Elrod! So true, we need to use our life purpose as a compass. Love your Life Purposes – You’re a blessing to the world!

  4. Tina Games August 20, 2015 at 8:07 am - Reply

    What a thought-provoking post, Bonnie – thank you! ~ To me, “life purpose” is about a state of “authentic being” – and from this authentic beingness, we can can make choices that feel purposeful. So the “doing” becomes a direct result of the “being.” ~ If I had to put my “life purpose” into one statement, it would be this – “To feel comfortable in my own skin.” ~ As long as I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m capable of doing miraculous things in this world! 🙂

  5. Josee August 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Great post Bonnie, very reflective. Posting your purpose to remind yourself of it is a great way to stay focused. I also love the old saying “If you have a problem and you upset yourself about it, then you have two problems!” which also helps keep you on track. Congrats on living your life’s purpose.

  6. Kailean Welsh August 21, 2015 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I am pondering on the concept that if I can stay attentive to my vision, the problems I encounter along the way will resolve themselves with ease. That makes a lot of sense to me energetically, as staying focused on what is mine to do raises my vibration, which then puts me in a higher place energetically where those problems cannot exist and they dissolve. I don’t have to worry, or stress. I just have to stay focused and clear. Awesome!

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