By George W Nyabadza
THE subject of life’s purpose has occupied my thinking for the past few years. In fact, hardly a day goes by when I do not reflect on what it is I am here to do.
This type of reflective thinking has become a core part of my thinking processes such that I make no significant decisions without assessing their impact on what I consider to be my life purpose. I guess a good question to ask is how I can be so certain that I have discovered my life purpose.
I cannot answer you with definite certainty that what I consider to be my life purpose now is it for the rest of my earthly existence. What I can tell you with definite certainty is that when I do activities that are centred on the fulfillment of the extant purpose I achieve and experience a deep sense of satisfaction. Satisfaction that is deeply spiritual and at the same time mentally stimulating and emotionally balancing. What is purpose all about?
Everyone has a unique spiritual blueprint that desires to manifest in this earthly life.
Your ultimate purpose in life is to discover what has been imprinted in your spiritual make-up and to live a life that enables optimum manifestation of the same. Your purpose goes beyond your physical accomplishments. It even goes beyond mental achievement or the attainment of emotional balance. And to the religiously spiritual the discovery of purpose is not an emotional process but a deliberate rather cold journey. Religious experiences tend to be emotionally charged and bear the risk that one pursues a hunch that may lead to disappointment when the high evaporates. It’s very rare for one to discover their purpose in one flash of inspiration. Purpose emanates from the spirit and when one gets a sense of it a process of checking, validating and evaluation must follow before one begins to construct one’s life around it.
Life itself provides deep experiences that test that purpose. It is for this reason that life’s tests and challenges must be welcomed; because it is through the painful crucibles of processing them that true purpose is refined and clarified. It is impossible to declare a life purpose that has not been tested experientially one way or another. About five years ago I began to get a sense of what my life purpose was. This sense, spiritual in essence, I captured through a lot of mind mapping and writing. Overtime it crystallised into a simplified three-pronged phrase “transforming lives, transforming organisations, transforming nations”.
My consulting work arose out of a need to express this purpose. So over the past two-and-a-half years I have built my life around the fulfillment of the same. But true to the nature of purpose life has tested me in everything that I have taught others about – purpose, beliefs, values, attitudes, vision, overcoming hurdles, overcoming fear, setting goals and pursuing them irrespective of challenges that come your way.
Each of the three legs of my purpose statement has significance and structure built around it; transforming organisations describes my corporate career engagements, whereas transforming lives and transforming nations describes the core focus of my leadership and personal development. The latter has many facets to it. One of them is the convening of free seminars to the general public in as many countries as possible. This weekend I am holding the first one for Zimbabwe.
The key objective is to equip as many people as possible with the skills and technologies they need to not only discover their purpose but to create empowered lifestyles. I am a firm believer that if enough people are so equipped each nation would reach a critical mass of purpose-driven people that national transformation would occur almost instantaneously. I hope you can make the time to attend and enjoy this free gift.