Purpose in the context of this article is highly concentrated thoughts and energy towards the achievement of an individual life ambition.
So what is fixedness of purpose in the context of this article? It is unmoveable concentrated thoughts and energy of an individual towards the attainment of a life ambition.
The quote above by Michel de Montaigne is very revealing. Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be all over the place in terms of what they want to achieve in life? They start a project this year and if the expected result doesn’t materialise in the time they expected it to come through, they abandon the project and move on to the next one. Each time they keep telling themselves, “this is the one that will turn things around for me”. “This one will certainly be a success”. But immediately the expected success doesn’t materialize in the time they had hoped it will, they abandon it again.
What is usually left on the trail of such individual is wasted time, resources and energy. Apart from these, they are very unhappy and frustrated, which is expected. No one enjoys wasting time and resources.
They are unhappy because they are lost. They are everywhere. Here today, gone tomorrow. Their opinion changes very quickly. Such an individual is not someone you would like to have as a friend. For when things start going wrong in your life, they are usually the first to look for the easy way out which in your case will be to turn their back on you.
Anyone who is not of fixed purpose in whatever they are pursuing is of weak character. They might try to rationalize it any way they like but when someone commences on something which they say it’s their life ambition and then gives up on it, what quality does that display about the person? It is a weakness of character.
Fixed Purpose and Definite Decision
An individual of fixed purpose has done something which the naked eyes cannot see but this thing is more powerful than anything eyes can see. What is this thing an individual of fixed purpose has done? They have made a DEFINITE DECISION.
Definite decision is what propels an individual of fixed purpose. They have decided with every fibre of their being, that come what may, they will achieve that which they have set out to achieve.
Look at your own life, the things you have achieved against all the odds were only attained because you made a definite decision that you must get that which you seek. The thing which you seek could be anything from love to having a successful business, but once you make that definite decision, you will always get that which you seek. Am not saying there won’t be challenges.
Turn Challenges into Lessons
When you make a definite decision to achieve a goal, it doesn’t mean that your path to your goal will just be cleared for you without any trouble. No. It means you have managed to activate the weapons within you that are capable of dealing with the challenges that will definitely come your way.
An individual of fixed purpose doesn’t shy away from challenges, instead, they face it head-on. Every challenge, they come across is an opportunity to learn and grow. I have come to the personal realization that every “negative” thing that ever happened to me was to my own benefit no matter how painful it was at that time. Because it was through these “negative” experiences that I actually grow as a person. University education didn’t teach me anything about life. Negative experiences taught me all. After the various painful lessons, I soon realize that no one owes me anything and that I am truly in charge of my fate.
The same way “negative” experience really helped me to learn and grow the same way an individual of fixed purpose sees every challenge no matter how difficult it might be as an opportunity to learn and grown. After all, they have made a DEFINITE DECISION. They are not retreating. The only way for them is forward towards their goal.
Only Success is Acceptable
An individual of fixed purpose has made a definite decision to achieve their life goal. The only acceptable outcome is the attainment of that which they seek. Nothing else is acceptable.
In life, when you set out your acceptable outcome and you’re resolute about achieving it, every other thing will make way for you to achieve what you seek.
An individual of fixed purpose is obsessed with his goal. He or she would rather die trying than to give up. Success is the only acceptable outcome. Do you think it was a half-hearted desire that got Thomas Edison to try 1,000 times before finally inventing the electric light bulb? No. It was wholehearted desire, coupled with fixed purpose and definite decision that he must invent the electric light bulb. He was obsessed with it.
Only those who are of fixed purpose can succeed where others fail. For they have within them an unquenchable fire of desire to attain success in whatever they are seeking. Each failure propels them closer to success. In Abraham Lincoln, Colonel Sanders, Albert Einstein and so on, you will find this unquenchable desire for success that must be attained.
But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
– Luke 9:62
The scripture verse of Luke 9:62 made it abundantly clear that giving up is not acceptable in the pursuit of one’s desire. Once you have made that decision to go after your life goal, be of fixed purpose. Let your decision be definite.
Challenges will come your way but let every challenge be an opportunity to learn and grow. And what you must do is make a definite decision about what you want to achieve.
An individual of fixed purpose will always be successful no matter how the odds are stacked against him or her. For where there is a will, there is a way. Don’t start today and give up tomorrow because the results are not forthcoming in the time expected.
Today you can easily switch the light bulb on with your smartphone but if the man behind the invention of the light bulb wasn’t of fixed purpose we might not have the electric light bulb today. Whatever your life goal is, put all your thoughts and energy towards its achievement. For there is great joy in its attainment.
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