Purpose Driven Life – Introduction

We’ve all heard the name, Michael Phelps. An olympian, a world record holder, a champion, the best in the world, a dominant force in the sport of swimming. Here’s a human that many of us would hope to be like. An achiever, someone who’s accomplished so much and has it all; fortune and fame. Imagine that, life would be so perfect and so great.

That wasn’t the case for Michael Phelps. Yes, he had it all, but he was deeply empty. Even heading into the Olympics Game in London, he was unhappy, very unhappy. From missing days of practice heading into the London Olympic games, getting a DUI, and checking himself into rehab. It got bad and was led to a point where he stated, “I didn’t want to see another day.”

Two years ago, Super Bowl champion, Ray Lewis gave Michael a book, “A Purpose Driven Life” in hopes that he can help Michael control and overcome his “downward spiral”. In this best selling book by New York Times Best Selling Author, Rick Warren, Michael found his way back to finding the balance in his life and prevailing and dominating, yet again in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Of course, I was intrigued and I had to pick it up for myself. I wanted to know what turned someone like Michael Phelps around. What was he missing and what made him full again?

On the inside cover of the book, the author breaks down what to expect and here’s what provoked me to take this reading seriously:

“On your journey you’ll find the answers to 3 of life’s most important questions:

  1. The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
  2. The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
  3. The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?

Have it gotten your attention? Do you have the answers to these 3 questions? As much as I want to believe I do….I don’t. If you feel the same way, I would like to encourage you to pick up this book and go through this journey with me.

It encompasses 42 total days of quick daily reads. The key to getting the most out of your reading is to keep yourself from jumping  ahead onto the next day. Read, reflect and identify your purpose. Stop guessing or wondering and dig deep into finding the root to your existence, your true purpose in this life.

Purpose Driven Life

During this process I wanted to focus on my personal development by streamlining my thoughts into written form. This is something that I haven’t done in awhile outside of emails and newsletter for work. I’ve realized that I had to find my way back to controlling my thoughts and strengthen my communication skills by writing again.

As part of my written excercise, I will use the 5 key features that the author has purposefully set up to blog my thoughts along the journey.

  1. A Point to Ponder
  2. A Verse to Remember
  3. A Question to Consider
  4. A Message to Hear
  5. Discussion Questions

Whether or not you want to join the journey, the choice is strictly up to you. This book is intriguing enough to keep me engaged.

Before you take anymore action in trying to “find happiness” or “finding your purpose”, if you haven’t found it already, why not start here? Afterall, what could be more important than finding purpose in life? How much more can we accomplish? Fulfilled? I’ve always been a huge fan of not wasting valuable time. This will help direct focus to living a purposeful and fulfilled life.

Good luck on your mission in finding your purpose?

As always, thanks for reading,

BPH

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