I talk to people everyday who are successful. I also talk to people who are struggling. They may not look like they have anything in common, but they often do. I’ve noticed they both talk about wanting to live their life’s purpose, and direct their thoughts to discover their chief aim in life. It seems that even people who have accomplished what they set out to do, are reaching for a deeper satisfaction.How about you?What if you could point your thinking and your actions more directly to your purpose in life? Martha Graham, the dancer and choreographer who set the stage for modern dance, said it so well, “Remember that you are unique. If that has not been fulfilled, then something wonderful has been lost.”
I call this “uniqueness” your original promise, original because it’s not a copy or imitation of someone else, and a promise because it moves you into action. When I discovered my original promise I was 11 years old. It looks different today from when I was 11, but the underlying promise continues to shape my thoughts, words, and actions. It’s what I stand for.
We have many names for people living their original promise. We call them thought leaders or visionaries as if they have a special quality that makes them one of a kind. Instead, I see them as examples, demonstrating for all of us how to manifest our own promise in the world.