I’m finishing up a book I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s gone through a few iterations. I started out writing about The New American Dream. That led me to focus on helping people find, and pursue, their Passionate Purpose. The ultimate goal is to use the process to live the extraordinary life you were meant to live and enjoy.
Here’s a sample from the introduction. Let me know what you think about it.
I’m still working on the title of the book. Here are my ideas:
Go. (Find your passionate purpose. Make a plan. Take action.)
Pursue Your Passionate Purpose (How to get where you’ve always known you want to go.)
Why Are You Reading This?
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
For a second stop, think, and really answer this question:
Why are you reading this right now?
Your life will, or won’t change, based on your answer.
You spent your hard earned money to buy this book and you are now investing your even more valuable, limited time to read it. You expect to get something out of it.
What do you want? Why?
Maybe we are a lot alike. You have this feeling deep inside you, that you were made for something better. You’re in the midst of an existential crisis where you realize this is it. This is your life – right now. You don’t get a dress rehearsal or a do-over. You get one shot at it and it’s not going the way you want it to go. You want more out of life. You can’t stand the idea of being average, mediocre or just getting by.
You’re tired of just settling, tired of putting aside your dreams, tired of accepting the conventional wisdom that life is hard and only the lucky few really enjoy it.
You want to break free from the opiates of our society that are keeping you from achieving the success that somehow you know you were born for. You’re tired of distracting yourself with television, surfing the web, checking your Facebook and twitter accounts and your smart phone to see if your virtual life is better than your real one.
You want to break away from the 95% who half-heartedly go to work every day to earn a living. You want to do what you are passionate about and make a life.
You understand that every day that goes by is gone forever and you have a limited amount of days. So, you don’t want to just get through the day, you want to wake up looking forward to what you’re going to get out of the day. You want feel like a kid on Christmas morning every day because you can’t wait to start the next part of your life.
The idea of just taking life one day at a time as something to survive has always seemed defeatist to you. You want to create a life worth living one precious moment at a time.
You want to enjoy every part of your life. You believe God created you for a reason. You want your life to have meaning. You want to make a difference. You want to have an impact on the world and on the people you love. You want to leave a legacy. You want to live with a Passionate Purpose™.
You want to dream big and enjoy the whole journey while you pursue those dreams and fulfill your destiny.
You want to be excited about your career, your romantic relationships, your family, your physical body, and your spiritual development.
But you want even more than that.
You want freedom. Freedom to control your own time, schedule, work, vacation and life. You want to travel the world with the people you love. You want to generate abundant amounts of income so you can do all you’ve ever dreamed of, take care of your family and give to help others. You want to reach your full potential and suck the juice out of every part of your life so that when you die everyone at your funeral says, “Wow, that dude lived.”
Oh, is that all?
I hope you want all that and more. Isn’t that why you are reading this?
What if I told you, you can have all that – depending on how you answer my question?
Why are you reading this?
If you are reading it hoping to get motivated and maybe get a couple of neat ideas, that will be fun and interesting for you. But it won’t change your life. It won’t get you what you really want.
The only way to get the results you want and change your life forever, to live with Passionate Purpose™ and to enjoy the extraordinary life of your dreams is to convince yourself that you have to do it.
Not that it would be nice, or fun, or kinda neat to have all that. No. You must have it. To not have it you would experience tremendous pain.
Convince me. Convince yourself.
Why? Because the first step to changing is making sure you truly want to change. That core belief that you can’t keep living this way and that you must change is what will sustain you through all the work you will need to do in order to create your new life…