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This past Saturday at a training event at my home, Leanne and Albert Whitestone gave me a wonderful gift, A John Maxwell Devotional Journal. It was incredibly thoughtful of them and very well-timed. One of my goals for this year is to be faithful in my journaling, which means I do not miss a day in 2012!

I have seen the power of journaling over the years. It is suggested by most leadership and personal development proponents as a key part of developing a quality life because it gives you the opportunity to capture your thoughts and experiences which then builds new levels of insight. I have just never been consistent in this..even though I have seen the value. Some of my most successful outcomes have resulted from a thought that first came out of my head while writing in my journal.

Journaling is a key part of developing a quality life because it gives you the opportunity to capture your thoughts and experiences which then builds new levels of insight.

 

This morning I read about and reflected on the power of purpose. Having clarity of purpose is key to flying out of bed in the morning and making things happen. The question I had to answer this morning was

“How does your sense of purpose sustain you and help you?

Your purpose involves using the gifts God gave you to make an impact on the world. My purpose now is to make a million lives better. This purpose sustains me in the times when I feel like I’m not making progress. The times when I feel like I am running as fast as I can, but my feet seem to be slipping on a muddy slope and I go a little forward and then I slip back. Through the strength of purpose I keep pressing until I get purchase and take a solid step…and then I start the step and slip cycle all over again until I get another solid step. This is the way of progress towards any worthy pursuit.

My purpose keeps me going on those days when I wake up and I just don’t seem to have much juice in the tank. The feeling like I am walking head first into a heavy wind and it takes all I have just to take a step…but purpose wins out and eventually I take the step.

Mu purpose keeps me striving and thinking of how to improve in the times when I seem to be making steps easily. It keeps me from getting complacent and resting on the last accomplishment.

Have you thought about what your purpose is? If you haven’t take some time to reflect, pray, listen, and when it starts to crystallize…move on it!

 


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