Yesterday, I had a little chat with myself after finishing up a little work. I had just finished reading a few fitness articles and I took a little break to watch a Ted Talk about goal setting and purpose.
I forget the speaker’s name now, but he did a short experiment with people at a local university with a very steep hill that led to one of the main buildings.
So this guy starts by surveying two groups.
At the bottom he asks the first group to write their goals
Then at the top he had them write the perceived difficulty of climbing the hill and how steep they believed the hill to be.
For the second group he asked them to write their purpose in life.
And at the top he asked the same questions about perceived difficulty and steepness.
As you may or may not have already guessed, the second group rated a significantly less average of perceived difficulty and they graded the hill to be less steep than the first group.
What does this mean?
Vassar is the most in shape school?
What it means sir, is that we as inhabitants of this awesome planet have a purpose.
What is that purpose you ask?
Bro, I can’t tell you that.
I get it.
Sometimes you can get caught up in trying to be and achieve so many things, that you forget your purpose.
I sometimes find myself getting so caught up in goal setting that I really do lose my perspective on purpose.
But we all have purpose and it’s a good idea to know what yours is.
Purpose gives us strength to conquer those obstacles in life.
Whether they be hills or actual life challenges, purpose gives us a reason to endure and makes it easier to do so.
Live with a purpose and have a reason to live.
Join me and my crew for even more reasons to live with a purpose..
Jerry “here for a reason” Washington
P.S. Our boy Jesus talked about this very thing in one of his parables about growing up in the right soil and having definition of purpose. It’s an interesting take on growing up with the wrong purpose looks like: