How to Lead a Life of Purpose

July 26, 2013 by Dave Ramsey's Entreleadership

What makes the average person truly happy? Research has shown that it’s never about money or success. Instead, it’s about meaning. Those who have lives filled with purpose are much more satisfied and have much higher self-esteem than people who don’t.

So as a busy entrepreneur, striving for success each day, how do you make the time to lead such a life? It’s not as tough as you think. Here are three simple steps you can take to get started on leading a life of purpose.

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1. Make It a Mission

Just like your business’ mission statement drives your company, a personal mission statement directs your life. Not only do you need one, you also need to live by it. In addition to your skills, abilities and personality traits, it should list your values, dreams and passions plus the principles you live by. It’s a good foundation for creating a purposeful life. When you lose focus, your mission statement is something you can refer to at any time, serving as your guide.

2. Be Intentional

A life of meaning doesn’t fall into your lap. You have to be intentional, setting goals with deadlines on what you want to achieve. Jeremy Breland, Director of New Brands for Dave’s company, wanted to teach his children the value of serving others. Last year, the family set a goal to travel to Haiti and volunteer at an orphanage for a week. His three eldest children and his wife planned to join him on the trip, and travel wasn’t cheap. Together, they held garage sales, hosted bake sales, and made crafts to raise funds.

“It was an amazing experience,” Jeremy says. “But it wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t intentional. You’re not going to accidently bump into spare time or extra money.”

3. Get Involved

Want to make the world a better place? Then this is your most important step. Simply, act. Volunteer, donate products, or help a local charity or ministry—and let your team serve as well. At Dave’s company, each team member is given a paid week off to do ministry. You don’t have to go that far though. You can give a day off or pick a slow day and shut down early. Go as a team to a local charity or ministry and help.

That’s exactly what Nathan Harmeier, owner of Above and Beyond Electric Company, does. Once a month, he, his family and team volunteer at a local food bank. It’s something they all look forward to.

“It’s easy to forget how blessed we are,” Nathan says. “Helping others is a reminder. And it just feels good to give back, pay it forward.”

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