Repost: 23 Sentence Reminders For Anyone Who Knows They Have A Greater Purpose In Life #BriannaWeist #Inspiration

1. Your purpose is what you do with each moment of your life – the big things are just small things, done over and over again.

2. You do not have to know what your purpose is to be already living it out.

3. There is no purpose that is greater than another, we all affect one another in mysterious and invisible ways.

4. Your skills are not random, they show you what you’re here to work with.

5. The things you worry about are not random, they show you what you’re here to work toward.

6. Your greatest happiness will not come from being comfortable, it will come from being useful.

7. You are not here to be happy all the time, you are here to create and appreciate, two things that tend to arise from discomfort.

8. You will help people more by changing yourself than by telling people how to change themselves.

9. You will inspire more people by being yourself than telling others to be themselves.

10. Everything that happens to you is a resource, it is showing you a part of yourself and forcing you to think in a way you never would have before.

11. You are always growing, so it’s not about whether or not you’re moving forward, but which direction you’re going.

12. Your entire life does not need to unfold today.

13. What you think about you will bring about; what you focus on you will continue to create.

14. Your power, therefore your purpose, mostly resides in how you think.

15. Your purpose is not just that you do one specific thing, but how you go about doing everything.

16. It’s not about how perfect you appear, it’s about how you rationalize your actions and how you mend mistakes when you make them.

17. The most powerful work is that which is done willingly without applause.

18. You do not need applause to be doing purposeful work.

19. You can always decide what you want your purpose to be, and it’s best if you choose something that helps others and makes you feel alive.

20. Purposeful work is not always fun.

21. That does not mean you can’t choose to love it anyway.

22. Your purpose happens in the moment, not in ideas of the past or future or how you appear to others.

23. When all is said and done, people care far less about what you’ve accomplished than they do how you treat others.

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An Important Question

We are always being asked questions . But what about the questions that change our lives.

I was once asked such a question as a young man. The question was asked one eventful day during a shift I worked as a student nurse in a geriatric ward.

My Responsibilities

You see, as part of my responsibilities, I had a ward of several elderly men who where all unique in their own way, and some of these gentleman took a lot more care than others, and some were a lot grumpier than others.

Others Would Avoid
A lot of nurses, quite frankly, did not enjoy working with these men and would try to avoid spending any more time there then they had to.

On the contrary, I took the opposite tack attending to the needs of these men.
Instead of just doing what I had to do to make them comfortable, giving them necessary treatments, blood pressure and temperature readings, baths, and supplying medication as ordered, I would finish all the required responsibilities and then stay in the ward. I spent a lot of time talking, joking, just good old give them attention beyond what they needed time.
After all, these men could not walk or get around, they had few visitors, and were generally left to spend their days just watching TV, sleeping, or complaining to anyone who stepped foot into the ward. So, I became the main target of their pent up mental energy and honestly, I had a lot of fun.

But, beyond establishing a great rapport with these men, there was one gentleman I spent a lot of time talking with. He wasn’t at first appearance much different than the rest but he had a wicked sense of
humor and a grand spirit about him.

The Question That Changed My Life
One day, after all necessary nursing tasks were done and I stayed with them, he called me over to his bedside. At first thinking he was about to unleash a tirade of quips and fancies, I was ready. Instead, he beckoned me even close so he could obviously speak very quietly to me out of earshot of the other man.

Life Changing Question
In a soft voice just above a whisper, he asked,
“What do you want to be remembered for after you die ?”
I was somewhat taken back thinking immediately that he was in physical distress and required emergency medical attention. I quickly asked, “What’s wrong – what are you feeling – are you having a problem breathing?”

“No, no, no, nothing like that”, he whispered. “I want you to think about just what I said. What do you want to be remembered for after you die?

I Didn’t Understand
“I don’t understand what you are asking me”. I said confused.

“It really is a simple question but an important question. How do you want people to think of you when you die? Do you want to be known for your humor , for your caring, for helping others no matter who they are, or do you want to be remembered as a person of status,
wealth, spending big money on a house, fancy car, long vacations or possessing the latest doodads?

I know I probably sounded like a babbling idiot to him at this time because I couldn’t give him a well thought out answer at all. I still remember feeling uncomfortable because I had no clear answer to give.

A Question Worth Thinking About
Over the years, we may all face this important question. It may be a question that comes to you because of a tragic circumstance, or it may come to you after you have observed or witnessed other people stepping up to many needed issues and taking on great odds to change societal obligations.

It may be a question you ask in later years when you finally realize that you won’t live forever. Or, it may also be a question that you may never want to ask yourself because you are too caught up in enjoying the materialistic side of life.

Think About The Answer
Is it time for you to ask, “What do you want to be remembered for after you die?

Overcoming Other People’s Opinion

How do we overcome other people’s opinion of us? When our self confidence is low we sometimes tend to believe what others think of us. Low self-confidence can hinder us from achieving all that we could achieve. It stops us from taking any risks, it stops us moving forward. We do not have the confidence in ourselves to believe otherwise. One individual who has defied others beliefs is Les Brown.

It started when he was just a baby. He was put up for adoption. Thankfully, he was adopted by a woman, Ms. Mamie Brown. She was a single parent, had limited financial resources, and little education, but she had a big heart. She adopted Les and his twin brother.

As Les was growing up he encountered difficulties in school. He was incorrectly labeled as a “slow learner”. When labels are put on children, they damage a child’s self-esteem. Labels are one way that can take a person’s confidence down. I don’t care who you are we all have areas where we are weak and where we are strong. And if everyone of our weaknesses were labeled it could have an effect on our success in life. However, Les was persistent and determined. He refused to believe what others believe his abilities to be. He had big dreams. He had no formal education beyond high school, yet he had determination and was very persistent. He furthered his education by self-education. He had a passion to learn, to understand the human potential. When you have a passion for something it is amazing what you can achieve!

Today he is a very successful professional speaker and author. Growing up his self esteem and confidence were low. It took him many years to realize his potential . He had to fight within himself to get rid of those negative comments. He had to change his belief system from what he was being told.

An Inspiration For Us All
Les is an example of someone who has overcome others peoples belief. He refused to believe that he could not achieve what he set out to do. When listening to his videos and tapes, he portrays confidence. He tells his story and how he overcame the challenges in his life. Listening to him speak, and listening to his laugh, which is certainly an infectious laugh, he is very motivating and inspiring.

Remember the wisdom said by Les Brown, “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” For those who have low self confidence, start reading about the Les Brown’s of the world. Many people have so much more potential than where they are right now. If you have a dream, then start today to move yourself towards it.

As Les Brown says, “Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” You have to push yourself forward, and when you fall get right back up again. Always be aware there will be people who will say, “I told you so”. But don’t let that stop you. Have determination and belief in yourself. And, find people who can help you – it is amazing what can happen when we surround ourselves with people who are willing to help rather than to find reasons why it can’t be done.