The most abundant people I know are committed to a strong sense of purpose. Having a purpose helps you to feel good about yourself. It connects you to something bigger than your ego, helps you to recognize what is truly valuable, inspires you (more than money ever can), opens you up and makes you want to give and to serve in a way that you feel truly blessed. Without a strong sense of purpose, you can still get by, but you might not feel very alive, except for when you go shopping for more shoes and stuff.
Exercise 1: What would you say if someone was to ask you, "What is the purpose of your life?" Notice your response to this question. If you are not clear on your answer, you need to take some time to work this out. If you need some more help on this, I recommend you read my piece, "What Do You Want to Do with Your Life?" The clearer you are about your purpose, the more abundant you will feel.
Exercise 2: To discover the purpose of your life, you have to "let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love," the poet Rumi said. Asking yourself, "What do I love?" will help to clarify what energizes you, what touches your heart and what inspires you. As you answer the call to what you love, you will naturally feel more alive and more deeply engaged with life. You will also experience a greater sense of direction, meaning and fulfillment.
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