My goal is to write a summary review for each chapter, every day until I'm finished with the book. You can access yesterday's summary here: Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life.
Here's Chapter 2: Be Clear Why You're Here
Canfield starts this chapter with the premise that each of us is born with a purpose, and that truly successful people acknowledge, identify and work towards their respective objective.
He states his own life purpose in the following way: "To inspire and empower people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy." The author goes on to stress that each of us has been born with an inner guidance system that helps us know whether we are living toward or away from that idealized purpose - even if you can't articulate it.
To catch a clue of your purpose, Canfield suggests that the things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose. He then encourages the reader to make a list of the times in their life when they've felt most alive and joyful - then try to identify a pattern that connects those events. That pattern points toward the person's purpose.
Basketball legend and author Pat Williams is quoted in this chapter and offers this bit of wisdom:
"Figure out what you love to do, as young as you can and then organize your life around figuring out how to make a living at it."
That's good advice. Canfield closes the chapter with a Life Purpose Exercise that entails answering the following questions:
1. List two of your unique personal qualities, such as enthusiasm or creativity.
2. List one or two ways you enjoy expressing those qualities when interacting with others, such as to support and to inspire.
3. Assume the world is perfect right now. What does this world look like? How is everyone interacting with everyone else? What does it feel like? Write your answer as a statement, in the present tense, describing the ultimate condition, the perfect world as you see and feel it - remember, a perfect world is a fun place to be.
Example: Everyone is freely expressing their own unique talents. Everyone is working in harmony. Everyone is expressing love.
4. Combine the three prior subdivisions of this paragraph into a single statement.
Example: My purpose is to use my creativity and enthusiasm to support and inspire others to freely express their talents in a harmonious and loving way.
Have you determined what you purpose is? If so, what is it?