How to Live Your Life on Purpose

As a high achiever, you know that truly awesome, hard-won accomplishments only happen as a result of thoughtful self-reflection, planning and focused effort.

Measuring your progress is an important part of living a purposeful life. I started writing down my goals when I was 17, and now have about 100 pages in a binder that I look at almost every single day. I consistently review the goals I set and successfully met over the years, because there is a real, affirming power in documenting dreams and keeping an inventory of successes.

I also write down my current goals and put copies of them everywhere—in my briefcase, my car, my bathroom, my closet, my phone—so I can constantly renew my purpose each time I see them. If I find myself getting off track, I take them out and look at them again, realigning my focus and activities with the results I want.

To start living your life on purpose, simply make a list of valuable milestones you’ve already achieved. Take stock of how you’ve already lived a life of purpose, even if you didn’t realize it. Reminding yourself of past achievements can be an important nudge when you feel stuck or uninspired.

Do you know what you want to achieve, but something is blocking you from getting there? Find out how to combat your inner saboteur to accomplish your goals.


Tony Jeary is an author, executive coach and presentation strategist. Jeary has published more than three dozen books about making presentations and strategic effectiveness. He coaches the world's top executives from companies such as Wal-Mart, Ford, New York Life and Texaco.

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