Every one of us was born with a common purpose: expansion. The purpose of your life and the purpose of my life is to become someone tomorrow that you and I are not today. Living with this purpose in mind completely changes how you and I live our lives.

We recently dove deeper into the core makeup of every human being: purpose. Although each of us has a unique purpose in life, there’s a part of that purpose we all have in common: expansion.

Expansion is our collective purpose to be better off tomorrow than we are today. It’s the effort we put in to improve ourselves today that will make us better selves for our families come the morning. The idea of expansion means that we bring more to the table in our careers the next day. It means we’re better parents tomorrow. It means we’re better leaders tomorrow than we are today.

Purpose: Faith & Focus

It’s one thing to feel like we know our purpose. It’s entirely different to do something about it. In my case, with my primary purpose being “expansion,” I focus first on faith and focus–two areas that go hand-in-hand with purpose.

In other words, what I am doing each day to expand my faith and live with the right focus.

Everyone has faith in something or someone. And no, it doesn’t have to be a God. It can be anything that inspires you to work hard and move forward in life. Personally, my faith lies in God and His role in my life. As a result, I expand my faith by studying the Bible and meditating on what it tells me. My focus has shifted over the years because of my dedication to expansion in this area.

Step one is understanding where you place your faith. Step 2 is acting on it daily to ensure you’re expanding on that belief system. What are you doing daily to invest in your faith and focus?

Person: Fitness and Fuel

Focus 2 in the Power5Principles of living life to the fullest simply comes down to the investment we make in our physical wellbeing. If we apply the purpose of expansion to our bodies, it changes how we look at two important pieces of life: what we eat and the exercise we do (or don’t do). This concept of fitness and fuel is not a new one. More than half of the U.S. population is overweight and out of shape. It’s a common topic of discussion for a reason.

The problem is that we start with the wrong focus. We spend time worrying about how we look, albeit a powerful driver, but not a long-lasting one. We care too much about looking good, about the clothes we wear, and how others perceive us. Why do so many of us struggle? Simple: self-gratification is short-lived.

Let me give you an example. I’ve struggled with my physical health for decades. I haven’t been able to eat right or exercise consistently, and it shows. My weight has been a rollercoaster. My energy levels and drive have been all over the board. I’ve managed to lose 40 pounds, only to put it back on within 3-months. At times I’ve exercised daily, and other times I’d go 6-months without so much as a step into a gym.

The question is why? Why do we know what to do, but struggle to do it daily? We know it’s healthy; we know we’ll feel better; we know our energy will surge… but we’re still not consistent.

My son and daughter were married within 13-months of each other. With this expansion of our family came the reality that grandchildren were in our futures. This realization drove me to have a different focus on my person: fuel and fitness. I was no longer focused on myself. I was focused on the desire to be healthy for my future grandkids–a far more meaningful “why” than anything I had experienced. I have a long way to go, but with my new focus, I have successfully lost weight and exercise almost daily (there are still cheat days!).

Just because you decide to shift your focus doesn’t mean life has to be mundane. Working Monday through Friday and living for the weekend is an all-too-familiar story for most of us. The reality of life is that through daily “expansion,” each day can lead us to live with purpose. And that, my friends, is far from mundane.

Start right now. Commit to the following each day:

  • Faith: reading, meditation, journaling, etc.
  • Focus: apply what you learned today from reading, meditation, journaling, etc.
  • Fuel: make conscious dietary decisions based on your deeper “why” and not just your own vanity
  • Sweat for 25 minutes every day

Next week we will look at the third principle of the Power5: people.