Many of us push ourselves to stay motivated. We force, cajole, pressure, sometimes even yell at ourselves to get going.
But pushing yourself isn’t as effective as being pulled.
I don’t mean being yanked or dragged like a prisoner, no.
I mean something summoning you by an irresistible force, like being in love, where you’re carried forth, wooed, because you want to be, have to be.
And the thing that best pulls us is this.
Purpose gives you meaning
It’s the why we do what we do. It’s the reason for which we live and act and rise.
Purpose gives us meaning.
It clarifies our lives, bringing it into focus, letting us see the reason for living.
Purpose gives you the feeling that you are connected to a bigger plan than just making money, accumulating things, raising your status, lifestyle, and well-being. It’s something you would die for. But more importantly, it’s something you live for.
Purpose propels you further
Purpose is life’s greatest magnet, drawing you forth. It beckons you to attempt greater feats, go farther lengths, pursue higher goals, and achieve more than you could ever imagine.
It provides the oomph to lean into the most challenging seasons of life, face the darkest times, learn in the face of failure. It strengthens us in the face of stress, fatigue, and uncertainty.
So, if you want motivation, energy, a reason to get out and face the day, don’t spend your time shoving and pushing yourself—no.
Instead, answer this question.
What is your purpose?
Doing that will help you do everything else.