By Seamus Anthony
I have lost weight and 6 months in I am not looking back.
I wasn’t the fattest guy in the world but I was lugging around a pretty decent spare tyre around middle and I had a pretty sweet extra chin thing going on. This had a lot to do with eating lots of sugary foods, drinking way too much beer and not doing anywhere near enough exercise. Surprise, surprise, turns out this wasn’t the greatest way to stay slim and healthy.
It hasn’t been easy but as you can see from the photo here, I ain’t lugging too much extra baggage thanks very much.
The odd thing is that this has been a side-effect. Sure, losing weight was something I wanted to do. Getting fitter, easing off the booze and exercising regularly were things I sort of vaguely intended to do – but I just wasn’t doing it … UNTIL …
Until I fixed down hard on a single purpose and made up my mind to have it. Now.
Until I became a Warrior of Purpose.
The Secret Is To Have A Single, Ultimate Purpose
I am not saying this is the only secret but it is one of the Big Kahunas in the wobbly, distant land of “Big Secrets That Everyone Who Does Well Knows”. You have to stand for something – one thing – and this has to be your Ultimate Purpose.
You’ve got to drill down on that one thing and say this is what my life is about. This is why I am here. This is what I do and why, period.
For me whenever I drill down on the what and the why, things align and shit starts getting done. Losing weight and getting healthy became logical side effects of my Ultimate Purpose.
But when I want fifty different things (and my cake too) that’s when my wheels spin and everything grinds to a halt.
What Is Your Ultimate Purpose?
This is an important question. If you don’t know the answer to this then you will probably never fulfil your vast, raw potential or get much satisfaction out of life. You should do yourself a massive favour and stop to take some time out. Take as much time as you need until you know what it is.
If you previously had a major goal in life, ask yourself: does this goal still serve me? Is it still what I really want to be aiming towards? Sometimes, the goals that motivated us five, ten or twenty years ago no longer resonate, but if you are still focussing on it out of habit or stubbornness, it can be detrimental to your progress through life.
If you have no idea what your Ultimate Purpose is then try the following:
- Sit quietly and focus on your breathing for a while
- Allow all the flotsam and jetsam of your mind to settle (don’t worry if it never seems to quieten down. Give it about 5 minutes and then if your mind is still really busy, move on to the next step)
- Slowly, over ten or twenty minutes, continue to sit and breathe and ask your Higher Self questions like “If money were no object and if I could not fail – what would I most love to do in this life? What is my Ultimate Purpose? What do I really, truly, when nobody is looking, wish that I could do in this life? What idea just tickles me pink? How can I contribute the most value to society and to the planet?
Do not censor yourself. Don’t try to “keep it real”. Keep it UN-real! If your truest desire is to be a famous artist or a jet-setting yoga instructor to the stars – then this is your Ultimate Purpose. Do not allow the Monkey Mind to trick you into believing you should play small. That is just the voice of Fear – ignore it and be true to your highest calling.
Dedicate Yourself To Your Ultimate Purpose
Whatever it is that you actually WANT to do, regardless of how practical it is, this IS your Ultimate Purpose and it IS why you are here. Honour this and make it the sole focus of your life’s work. Dedicate yourself to the discipline of making your Ultimate Purpose real in this world. Become a Warrior of Purpose.
Personally, my Ultimate Purpose is to inspire, empower and motivate creative people like you to feel better about Life, providing tools and ideas so that you can empower yourself to enjoy increased happiness, health and success.
That’s it. That’s what my music is about, that’s what my writing is about. Rebel Zen is here to help you tap your creative genius and make shit happen. That why I am here. I know it. And I really care about this, I am really passionate about helping you to realise that you CAN make art, music, write a book, get fit or start a business. It might not be easy but you can do it and you deserve to do it.
Get Up And Get into Action
Since recommitting to my Purpose, I have written a business plan and started to build a business. It hasn’t been easy: I have been getting up early or working late after the bills are paid and the kids are in bed. Meanwhile, I have taken a risk. In a leap of faith I have left lucrative marketing consulting work on the table to get this passion work happening.
But when you know what IT is, and you KNOW it’s happening, you have to make a stand. You must say THIS is what’s happening. THIS. Right now.
Become a Warrior of Purpose. Every day assess whether what you are doing furthers your Warrior Mission. If it doesn’t, give it the flick (goodbye chocolate biscuits). If you need to do something, do it, even if it isn’t your idea of fun (hello writing business plan).
And this does not mean neglecting your duties or your family. A warrior would never do that. In order to operate at the highest level, your house must be in order. Your family must be happy, you must be happy, your bills must be paid. Only then are you free to pursue your Ultimate Purpose unhindered. The foundations of your house must be strong or it’ll all come tumbling down.
If you want to get shit done, identify your Ultimate Purpose and commit to it wholeheartedly – every single day.