Why is Purpose so Important?

by Nara Lee

by Nara Lee

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why”
— Mark Twain

A few years ago, I was a traditional goal setter and a goal achiever. I ran my life pursuing and chasing money and other things I thought would make me happy and fulfilled. I achieved many of my goals, including living in my dream luxury home, travelling to multiple resorts in the Maldives, almost marrying the man of my dreams (the one you think only exists on paper), meeting, befriending and spending a weekend being coached by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith and Freediving world champion Stig Serverinsen, earning multiple figures, amongst others.

One day, in the comfort of all my luxury and picture perfect life, I almost lost my life. I remember looking up to the ceiling and realising that I wasn´t ready to go, because I had travelled the entire earth, did and chased many things, but I hadn´t even began to touch the surface of what I had came here to do. It was as if all my achievements had paled to nothing at the face of death, and I would almost need to incarnate and start all over again. Because everything I chased was equal to nothing at the face of death. I really would not have been able to rest in peace.

Steve Jobs also came to the same realisation, on his last minutes of life as he explains in his letter.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of God of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…Should be something that is more important.
— Steve Jobs

This realisation that many have on their last moments, and I had too, is the realisation that we need to live a life with Purpose. It is not enough to set goals and chase those goals, for they can still take you far away from where you need to be.

Instead, the most important thing we need to do, is to connect with our Purpose first, and then set goals that are aligned with that Purpose.

Purpose is important because it allows you to live an inspired life that truly fulfills you from the inside out. You no longer do things because you should do them but instead you start doing them because that is who you are.

Suddenly there is no separation between who you are and what you do, and you begin to live a life of alignment. When you are out of alignment on the other hand, you need extra tools to find motivation, and everything has a little bit more resistance - like going against the current, vs flowing with the current. You may find yourself running on empty, lacking motivation, getting depressed more easily, or simply being unfulfilled with your life and career as a whole. These are all warning signs that you need to connect with your Purpose first before you attempt to pursue or chase more things.

Purpose gives us a sense of meaning, fulfillment and completeness. It feels as though you have become whole again, instead of having to chase things to make you feel complete. Instead you show up already complete, ready to share your gifts with the world.

Have you ever felt called to lead a life with more meaning and purpose, even if not directly? Press reply and share your experience.