Yesterday, I shared two steps to achieving possibilities — living by principles and living with passion.

Today’s article focuses on the third step.

What is your purpose?

The Macquarie Dictionary defines purpose as “the object for which anything exists or is done, made, used, etc; an intended or desired result; end or aim; intention or
determination”.

Poet and writer Gita Bellin said that “success depends on where intention is”.

To change an outcome, you must modify or change your behaviour. It is futile to expect different results if you keep to the same habit or behaviour.

First, you must change your thinking and to do that you must modify your feelings. To accomplish that, you must modify or change your intention or purpose.

So, what is your purpose? What was your aim when you got up this morning? How did you feel and what were you thinking of?

I believe everyone has the same broad purpose — to be at peace with himself. Only then can you make peace with others.

How you do this is an individual journey. I have found regular contemplation, reflection and just plain hard work on the following as helpful ways to keep myself living with purpose:

* Allowing the strengths of others to make up for my shortcomings;

* Seeing my work as a calling and never a job or a career;

* Spending an hour a day on my personal development;

* Engaging in activities that give me a sense of purpose;

* Knowing and understanding what gives me meaning and pursuing these things with vigour;

* Being the best I can be in each moment (and when I mess up, take the lesson and move on);

* Continually asking “why” and “why not?”;

* Maintaining positive self-talk;

* Never saying anything negative about myself or others; and

* Competing with myself and collaborating with others.

When you combine purpose with passion (bringing everything you are to everything you do) and firm principles (gratitude, the law of the farm and freedom of choice), you unleash an unstoppable force.

Put into practice

Actions speak louder than words. You can believe in principles such as an attitude of gratitude, freedom of choice and the law of the farm.

You can understand passion. And you can grasp purpose as being at peace within yourself. However, it would mean nothing if you do not put these into practice.

Here are 12 actions to incorporate your principles, passion and purpose into everyday life:

* Instead of a “to do” list, have a “won’t do” list and “don’t do whatever” list.

* Be crystal-clear on your goals and more importantly, the steps you will take, one at a time, to achieve your goals.

* Add value to transactions and interactions. The extra things you do that usually cost nothing are often perceived as the most valuable to the recipient.

* Take responsibility for your feelings, thoughts and actions, but take no responsibility for other peoples’ feelings, thoughts and actions.

* Stop to celebrate failure as much as success, and then move on.

* Live in the now. The past cannot be changed (but you can view it differently) and the future will take care of itself if you are bringing everything you are to everything you do, right now.

* Review your actions every week. The following week, repeat what worked and do not repeat what did not work.

* Always tell the truth as you see it. My father used to say this means we do not have to remember anything.

* Invest wisely in time. We have 168 hours every week. I devote a third to work, a third to sleeping, eating and personal time, and a third to family and friends. Whatever your investment, see it as just that and you will get a return.

* Apply the 80/20 rule. People get 80 per cent of their results from 20 per cent of their efforts. This is also known as the Pareto Principle or the law of imbalance or least effort. Most people are trying to achieve a lot by doing a lot. This principle says people should do less — just make sure that what you are doing is producing what you want. More with less is possible.

* Whenever performing a particular task, focus on doing it to the best of your ability and do not allow yourself to be distracted. Spending 45 minutes doing something with intensity and then taking a complete break for 10 minutes do wonders for your productivity.

Be the difference you want to see in the world by following the three steps to achieving possibilities.