Your Purpose Isn't Everything
Most of us aren’t looking for purpose, we are looking for placement. Where can your life be used most effectively? This might sound crazy but Rehab Time isn’t my purpose, it’s my placement. It’s where my life is being used most effectively right now, but I could lose it all tomorrow. How many of you know a janitor or a teacher or someone that worked a job that doesn’t look “sexy” to the world but it’s a job that is needed. Maybe it’s not the suit and tie job in an office in a high rise building but rather, a sewage job or postal worker. I remember a bus driver that I grew up with that would compliment me everyday when I got on the bus. He would make every kid that got on that bus feel special. He was pouring into our lives and knew that he brought purpose to my life and affected the trajectory that my life was on.
In small moments you can bring light to any situation that you are in. Most people tie their purpose to profit. “If I’m not getting rich then this must not be for my life.” Have you thought like this before? We all have. How many of us have let a dream get away from us because we mistook profit for purpose? Don’t let those callings pass you by. Rehab time is a perfect example of this. When I started this journey, I had less than 200$ to my name. I had a son, rent and bills to pay with no guarantee that I would be able to provide. I was still trying to hang on to football. I had a choice to make and I couldn’t ignore the calling to start rehab time. I walked into it. If I was focused on the profit, I would have never walked into my purpose. Are you allowing profit to keep you in a place that doesn’t fulfill you?
Some people confuse position for purpose. If you don’t have the title that you want, you feel like you aren’t stepping into your purpose. Ever thought like this? I did. When I was in football, I was never captain of the team, but I always operated like I was the captain because a title shouldn’t define your life. There are people who have started at the bottom and worked their way to the CEO position of a company because they didn’t allow for the title to define their work ethic. You make the title, the title doesn’t make you.
Are you wanting the prize without paying the price? If you aren’t working every day for it then it must not be worth it for you. Be consistent. Put in the work. Sacrifice your days and weekends to make it happen. This is where you find purpose- in the grind. You can’t find it in the profit, the position or the prize. It’s in the grind.
It all starts with you.