By Sheikh Idris Watts
Principle 2: Be Clear Why You Are Here
You must have a purpose in life. It is easy to wander and drift, accomplishing little. But with a purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be “on purpose” means you’re doing what you love to do, doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you. When you are truly on purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you. The world benefits, too, because you are in alignment with your true life purpose, all of your actions automatically serve others.
Once you know what your life purpose is, you can organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity doesn’t fit that formula, you should junk it. Period.
Without purpose as the compass to guide you, your goals and action plans may not ultimately fulfill you. You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning up against the wrong wall.
You were born with an inner guidance system that tells you when you are on or off purpose by the amount of joy or peace of mind you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy or peace of mind are in alignment with your purpose. To begin to home in on your purpose, make a list of the times you have felt most joyful, alive and at peace. What are the common elements of these experiences? Can you figure out a way to make a living doing these things?
1. List two of your unique personality traits, such as enthusiasm and creativity:
2. List one or two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others, such as to support others and inspire them:
3. Imagine your community working in harmony together? What does it feel like? Write your answer in the present tense:
Example: “Everyone is connected to Allah and living their life seeking His pleasure and rejoicing in His bounties and favour.”
4. Combine the three prior subdivisions of this paragraph into a single statement:
“My purpose is to use my enthusiasm and determination to gain experiential knowledge of Allah, whereby I am guided to what He wants for me in this life and taste the sweetness of that in my daily life, and inspire others to connect themselves to Him as well so that we can all rejoice together in His bounty and favour and change our communities for the better.”
Read your purpose everyday, preferably in the morning. Take out time to reflect and meditate on your purpose. When you feel relaxed ask yourself: “What is my purpose for living? What is my unique role in the universe?” Allow the answer to simply come to you. The words should inspire you.