Last week was very inspiring. I have been working with ASDA and I have to say I always feel so inspired whenever I work with this organisation. Their strap line for service is happy to help and it strikes me that this is a business that engenders a culture that motivates people to be very happy to go to work! It is a great business with enthusiastic people who want to make a difference.
It made me really ponder the concept of making a difference and how the key to a happy life is about discovering our purpose. When my friend Melanie's son Matthew was little, he used to ask people, "What are you for?" What a great question! I wonder how often we stop and ask ourselves the same question?
When we can clearly define our purpose it helps us to shape our existence and in turn will help others around us. I believe that a positive purpose has to be the ultimate feel good factor. It is the key that ignites us to feel more motivated and happy about our lives.
When I wake up believing that I can add value to the world around me it gives me the life force and energy that sometimes may be lacking on days when I perhaps don’t feel so good. If you haven’t defined your purpose yet then you have the opportunity right here, right now to embark on an exciting voyage of discovery.
According to some philosophies, our purpose is the central key to living a positive human life. Others believe that our purpose is not fixed and instead we can freely choose what we want it to be. It is, indeed, a deeply philosophical debate.
For some people, a purpose in life is an essential and fundamental aim, and for other people, fulfilment and purpose is halted by fear of failure or lack of motivation or just a blind desire to want to pleasure seek for themselves only .
It would appear, however, that people who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of everything they do. They also experience less stress, less anxiety and are less prone to experience prolonged bouts of depression.
I love this story about the little boy and the starfish, it demonstrates that we all have a value and with positive intention we can all make a difference no matter how great or how small.
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a small boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The little boy who was called Tom replied, "I am saving all the starfish that have been stranded on the beach. The surf is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them back, they will die".
The man looked around and noticed that there were miles and miles of beach and literally thousands of starfish.
He looked at the beach again and then at Tom and said, "Well, you won’t make much of a difference, will you?"
After listening politely, Tom bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the sea. Then, looking up, Tom smiled and said to the man, "I made a difference for that one".
You're the only one who can make the difference.
Whatever your dream is, go for it.
Earvin Magic Johnson