While learning about our dreams and our conscious, I came across this book, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, which has been around for 15 years and sold millions of copies. When I started reading it I could not put it down. It brought me back to my favorite book, "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by Og Mandino
In the book Paulo Coelho talks about identifying and living the life purpose for which we were born to live.
He says there are 4 obstacles why people do not reach their life purposes.
The first obstacle is how we are raised. When we are little kids we have dreams, but they slowly disappear because people tell us to be real and that everything we want to do is impossible or difficult.
The second obstacle impeding our dreams is love or family. This represents the safe and secure surrounding we live in.
The third obstacle is the fear of failure.
The fourth obstacle is the fear of realization. If one can actually realize their dream can they handle it or manage it?
So, why is it so important to fulfill our purpose in life if we are only going to suffer more than other people?
“Because, once we have overcome the defeats – and we always do – we are filled by a greater sense of euphoria and confidence. In the silence of our hearts, we know that we are proving ourselves worthy of the miracle of life. Each day, each hour, is part of the good fight. We start to live with enthusiasm and pleasure.” Paulo Coelho
We all need to find our calling, but not just in life.
Universities and professors need a purpose of creating successful people. The goal is not just to provide a degree to their students.
Businesses and entrepreneurs need to have the purpose of helping people and providing services and products that will help their customers and employees to have a better life. The goal is not just to make a profit.
Governments and politicians need to have the purpose of helping the nation, promoting health, education and growth. Not just feeding their ego and fighting to hold on to their positions.
The dictionary defines purpose as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exits. To have one’s intention or objective.
We all need to have an intention or objective and be able to confront our obstacles. We cannot isolate our life to a limited parameter and have a narrow view, but look at our life and its impact on our World. By identifying our purpose we can direct our intentions and actions in fulfilling our purpose and impacting our World in a positive way!
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!