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“This is the true joy in life, the being recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege, to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” -George Bernard Shaw Forward Steps Pin It

Make The Most Out Of Life

Do you feel motivated in life? Do you look forward to going to work on a Monday; or do you thank your lucky stars and look forward to the weekend when Friday arrives?

It may seem no surprise to you that most people fall in the latter category. They hate their life. They feel unsatisfied and unfulfilled, but still stick to their dead end jobs, just because it gives them a false sense of security.

But what they do not realise is that it is a total waste of time and life!

When Life Beckons.

Life, as George Bernard Shaw puts it, should not be lived as if it’s a “brief candle” but a splendid torch that you have gotten a hold of.

Shaw’s view is inspiring indeed, as you feel the very purpose of being alive when you really understand the meaning behind his words.

When you consider life to be a splendid torch that you have been entrusted upon with the responsibility of bearing, to pass on to the next generation, you will know that you are here to fulfil a specific purpose.

It is a must for every human being to realise his or her purpose in life. You weren’t sent here on earth aimlessly. You have been sent here with a specific reason and you should aim to fulfil it.

Don’t waste time and energy wallowing in self pity, complaining about the various problems you face in your everyday life. That is but a part of life itself; obstacles come and go, but no hurdle should be big enough for you if you are a truly passionate human being, who has an undying “can do” attitude.

Fulfil Your True Purpose.

It is not necessary to be a great leader or the head honcho of a company to consider yourself as mighty and powerful. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music...”

The key is to be true to your trade. Whatever job you find yourself in, do it to the best of your ability, to the point that you aim for no one to be better than you. However small or big the task is, you must put in your best foot forward and complete the task with enthusiasm and passion.

If you feel that you are stuck in a job, and are not able to perform because it is just not your cup of tea, it is time to quit. And the time is now!

People may call you foolish for quitting without a “back up plan”, but you have to trust yourself. If you really feel that your passion lies elsewhere and that is what you have been cut out for, do not waste your time elsewhere.

Take the first step and make the move. Once you do what you love, it will not seem like a task anymore!

In order to live life to the fullest, you must dig deep within and ask yourself, “What is your one true passion?” Muster up all the courage that you have and step out of the safety net. There’s a saying that the moment you step out of your “comfort zone”, life in its true sense has begun.

What’s more is that you will be an inspiration to many. When you take risks, with the intention of doing good to yourself and to the people around you, the rewards are bountiful. You may face challenges along the way, but it will be all worth it.

The going will get tough at times, but it will make you a stronger and a better person. You will then realise that you are fulfilling your true purpose and will be thoroughly worn out, before being thrown out as scrap!

Michael Lee’s Persuasion Techniques and Tactics has helped thousands become powerful expert persuaders. Visit his site to discover how to change people’s behavior and influence them to your way of thinking.

This article is generously contributed by Michael Lee from 20 Day Persuasion

Thea Westra

P.S. Been at the computer a little too long? Try these few neck stretches at your desk!

© Thea Westra publishes a wealth of material for increased life power, self improvement, inspiration and personal success. Adding wings to our unique journey of life. See her many personal development resources at www.forwardsteps.com.au

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