7 Directions To Keep You On Purpose

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Loving kindness spreads in every direction.

Loving kindness spreads in every direction.

DIRECTION is a line of thought or action.
It is a tendency toward a particular place or purpose.

In a couple of recent posts have been about mystery and mastery, discovering and connecting to your purpose.

DIRECTION and purpose are inseparably connected.

More important than knowing where you are, is knowing where you are going. Of course, you won’t get far without proper direction.

Baruch Spinoza said, “True virtue is life under the direction of reason.

John F. Kennedy pointed out that, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

To be true to your purpose, you must continually check to see that your moral compass is pointed in the direction that keeps you true to who you are.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

One of my favorite writers, Henry David Thoreau said, “If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to life the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.

Jason Reitman observed, “Everyone wants to be loved; everyone wants to know where they’re going in life. Everyone wants to have a sense of direction and feel the next day is going to be better than today. We just all deal with it in a different way.

But the fact is that many people have a really terrible sense of direction, and are easily lost. In one sense, they may get geographically challenged. But when it comes to having no sense of direction with their life, no sense of purpose, they are spiritually lost. This is a deplorable condition. They have no plans laid out, no goals to accomplish, no objectives to achieve. It’s the fastest way to not get anywhere.

7 Directions To Keep You On Purpose

1. *Be cooperative* It takes every member of a team pulling in the same direction
to be successful.

2. *Be flexible* Jimmy Dean said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always
reach my destination.” Look at yourself as a mighty vessel. Are you sailing into your
purpose?

3. *Have faith* Ralph Marston, The Daily Motivator, said, “The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are,
and look realistically at the world around you.” Through the eyes of faith, keep
your eyes on the truth. You will never be steered wrong or sent in a direction that
harms your goals.

4.*Personify integrity* Miguel Angel Ruiz says, “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.
Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the
power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” Keeping this spirit of
communication will steer you clear of many unnecessary troubles.

5.*Be kindhearted* Indian philosopher Chanakya (350 BC) said, “The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.” It is the intentional spreading of love and kindness that yields impact and influence.

6. *Guard your thoughts* Earl Nightingale said, “The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts.”
Is your energy and attention focused on what you are striving to achieve? Are you making conscious choices and
deliberate decisions. Are you being intentional when it comes to minding your mind?

7. *Stay focused* Nido Qubein says, “One of the greatest resources people cannot mobilize themselves is that they try to accomplish great things. Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.

Beware of distractions that seemingly arise from nowhere to throw you off your game plan.

Shinichi Suzuki asks, “What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue and beauty.

The late Henri Nowen taught a course on Spiritual Direction. He said, “The goal of spiritual direction is spiritual formation — the ever-increasing capacity to live a spiritual life from the heart. A spiritual life cannot be formed
without discipline, practice, and accountability. Almost anything that regularly asks us to slow down and order our time, desires, and thoughts to counteract selfishness, impulsiveness, or hurried fogginess of mind can be a spiritual discipline.

READING RECOMMENDATIONS:
Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith
Henri Nouwen with Michael J. Christensen and Rebecca J. Laird

Whatever direction you’re going on the road to becoming, I wish you peace and blessings!

Please contribute YOUR thoughts here. Thank you very much!

Have a beautiful day, friends!

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About Bill Butler

William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.
William often goes by “Bill” and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

8 thoughts on “7 Directions To Keep You On Purpose

  1. Beautiful words Bill. You are gifted and share such needed wisdom.

  2. Sean Van Zant says:

    Hey Bill:

    I like the ‘stay focused’ and ‘guard your thoughts’ points of the post. I identify the most with the constant need to stay focused, and also with the continuing need to guard my thoughts.

    Thanks for another great post!

    God Bless,
    Sean

  3. I strongly believe that the ultimate goal of having spiritual direction in life is to promote spiritual growth!

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