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Clarity of Purpose - Living a Rich Life
Michael Angier
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“A rich life is created by being more concerned with who we become than what we acquire. It’s created by clarity of purpose and clarity leads to power.”

In his article, Michael affirms: if becoming rich is part of your dream – and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be – just be careful you don’t confuse being rich with living a rich life.

Michael thinks we should all become rich financially. We can give more to our families, our communities and our world if we are. But it’s living a rich life that should be our primary objective.

A rich life is created by being more concerned with who we become than what we acquire. It’s created by clarity of purpose and clarity leads to power.

In his opinion, the most important thing we can do for ourselves is to invest the time and perhaps even money to become absolutely clear on what we want out of life.

Michael isn’t talking about goals but about the essence of what we truly want – what we feel good about when our life is over. He reminds us this isn’t an easy process and perhaps that’s why so few people do it.

All the information is inside us. We need only to think carefully and intuit deeply in order to gain this insight and allow us to live with a keen focus and real clarity.

The old adage, Know thyself, has become such a cliché that it’s lost much of its meaning. When we’re completely clear on who we are, what we want, where we’re going and have a plan to get there, we will not only be more effective, we will experience better health and more fulfilment. We will lead a rich life.

He expands further: if he were sitting across from us, what would he ask?

What’s the most important goal/dream/mission in your life?

He’d say he’d be looking for a description that shows our passion for it – something where we have a sparkle in our eye and emotion in our voice.

Michael believes that everyone has a dream – and that it’s not something to be invented but rather to be discovered. It may take some time to uncover it but living a life filled with verve and excitement is certainly worth it. Our plan, our vehicle to get there may change over time but the vision – the mission – will not.

The next question he’d ask would be:

Why do you want to accomplish this dream?

Our reasons are critical to our success. When we have sufficient reasons we can overcome any challenge. One of the ways we can strengthen our reasons is to visualise what our life will be like when we’ve accomplished our dream. The more real it becomes, the more we can see it and feel it – the more we’ll believe it.

It’s also a way to check out if this is really our dream. Sometimes, after envisioning what we think is our dream, we find that it’s not really what we want. Better to find out now than to spend our lives achieving something that will not provide fulfilment in the process.

And it is that process that is the real value. Remember that it’s not so much what we accomplish but rather what we become in that process that’s important.

Which leads Michael to his next question:

How will you have to grow and change in order to accomplish that dream? What will you become on your journey?

Any worthy goal involves change. If we don’t think we’ll grow and change then we don’t have a very inspiring goal. A worthy goal involves risk. It involves getting out of our comfort zone. And that’s where real growth occurs.

So the short version of our conversation goes like this:

What do you want, why do you want it and what are you willing to do to get it?

These are questions we need to constantly be asking ourselves.

If we do – if we take time to think and ponder the answers, we’ll gain greater clarity, more fulfilment, live longer and feel better.

We will live a rich life.

Copyright 2000. Michael Angier and Success Networks International. Michael Angier is the founder and president of Success Networks. Success Net’s mission is to inform, inspire and empower people to be their best – personally and professionally. Download their free eBooklet, KEYS TO PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS from http://www.SuccessNet.org/keys.htm



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