Besides Spiritual Reasons, Why Is It Important To Fulfill One's Purpose?

Published: 07th February 2012
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Many people talk about the importance of fulfilling one's life's purpose from the spiritual slant. We all probably know the spiritual answer to why it is important to fulfill one's purpose.

In this article, I like to keep the focus on the earthly aspects of why and how not fulfilling your life's purpose can negatively affect you on the earthly level.

If you look around you, how many people do you know are actually happy doing what they do and finding a greater purpose in what they do beyond making ends meet? Those who are fulfilling their purpose in a big way are no longer doing it for themselves, which means all the successes they have earn is not for buying another thing to make them happy. The money and success earned are spread around to support causes, charities and deserving organizations that are truly making positive changes in the world.

I personally also believe that how much money you make through your life changing business is an indication of how much positive impact you are making in the world. I often hear people say: "I am living my purpose even though I don't make much money" REALLY? To me, it could only mean two things: you are not reaching out to enough people and this would mean you are not really living your purpose yet OR you have other means of income that is supporting you on the earthly level and taking care of your earthly responsibilities enabling you to commit yourself into fulfilling your purpose with no financial worries — these would be the Oprah Winfreys or Angelina Jolies of the world.

That being said, it does not mean that if you do not have a global reach in your business you are not fulfilling your purpose. I think it also has to do with the kind of services you are offering. But we should not use it as an excuse not to serve more and bigger.

Too many people come up with excuses and reasons too quickly without giving their 100% best. I have heard excuses like , Oh as long as I have touched one life it has made all the difference for me. Do you truly believe that God/Universe put you on earth to touch ONLY one life? Come on, you know you are more magnificent and powerful than that!

Here are just some real life examples of what NOT TO DO if you want to fulfill your purpose in life:

Being in a job that is unfulfilling for you. However you don't want to leave your cushy job for fear of lack which then causes you to self-sabotage by putting yourself in situations where you are forced to leave your job. (eg. turning up very late for a very important meeting, having an affair with your boss' wife etc These are dramatic examples I am giving but you get my drift).

Using your family as an excuse in not playing a bigger game in life and then allowing resentment towards your family to build causing a breakdown in your family relationship

You are a serial dater because you see no other purpose in life besides finding the love of your life and often times these relationships are unfulfilling because you have not found your real compass in life

You take on a job you don't like for a meagre sum of money but you do it for the sake of that meagre sum because you do not think you deserve more. And then resent your boss, colleagues and work and you become a really bitter person (I personally know quite a few people like this!)

You are just too plain lazy to do anything about your life and you just love complaining and whining about life. You are so unhappy inside that you are often attracting lessons such as money issues, body image issues, self confidence issues and abusive relationship issues etc. The list could go on. (I know quite a few people in this category too!)

When people don't have a purpose as their compass they just drift and eventually self destruct without any help whatsoever from anyone else. Though they will play the blame card. They blame the government, the economy, the boss, the spouse, the children, the lack of education, the lack of money, other people and situations.

Life is not meant to be difficult. Find your compass and allow that to guide you and everything in your earthly life will fit into beautiful divine flow of meetings, connections, fulfillment, learning and growth. The world needs you to fulfill your purpose.


Shamala Tan is the founder of a system devoted to teaching teaching spiritual small business entrepreneurs around the world how to consistently create abundance and resources in their lives in order to manifest, fulfill and expand their life's mission. You may contact Shamala at

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