What on Earth are you here for? To live your best life now!

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“A man/woman should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.” ~ James Allen

Study Today’s Quote carefully. It offers profound insight.

James Allen was born in 1864 and died in 1912, but continues to inspire millions with his incredible writings.

I thought it interesting, indeed appropriate, to start this week of Passion, Purpose, and Mission with an “early take” on the idea of success, spirituality, and power.

Allen teaches two essential truths: today we are where our thoughts have taken us, and we are the architects—for better or worse—of our futures.

Allen starts us thinking—even when we would rather be doing something else. He tells us how thought leads to action. He shows us how to turn our dreams into realities.

His is a philosophy that has brought success to millions. It is the philospophy of Norman Vincent Peal’s The Power of Positive Thinking and of Joshua Liebman’s Peace of Mind… which has had enormous influence on the likes of Joel Osteen, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Schuller and Rick Warren.

“We become spiritually rich,” Allen writes, “when we discover the adventure within; when we are conscious of the oneness of all life; when we know the power of meditation; when we experience kinship with nature.”

What’s YOUR Purpose?

Allen says, and I quote, “A man/woman should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts.”

This is an undeniable truth.

Fast forward from Allen’s life back in the 1800’s to now. This week, we are going to raise the bar a bit, and take on four of the most important questions of your life.

But before we do, here’s something I want you to think about all week long. It will put our discussion in proper context.

Pastor Joel Osteen and Oprah Winfrey both promise…

You Can Live Your Best Life Now…
Doctor Robert H. Schuller, the world’s greatest “Possibilitarian”, advises…

Don’t Throw Away Tomorrow…
Stephen Covey, in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People tells you to…

Put First Things First…
Pastor Rick Warren, in The Purpose Driven Life, asks you to discover…

What On Earth Am I Here For?
Once you have read these books… once you have aroused the flames of inspiration, devotion, and desire… we have an even BIGGER question:

Just How In The World Am I
Going To Make This Happen?!
The good news is that YES, you CAN live a life of passion and PURPOSE. Yes, you CAN live what you VALUE most. Yes, you CAN live your MISSION.

Once you know WHO you are… WHY you are here… and WHAT you are supposed to do with the only life you have to live… you CAN live your best life NOW. How?


This is WHY we created Success On Purpose!

What on Earth are you here for? To live your best life now! As we say in Success On Purpose, until you actually learn HOW to live what’s most IMPORTANT, you are spending the ONLY life you have on things that simply don’t matter.

If you haven’t already, now would be a great time to review your Vision, Values and Roles exercises in Success On Purpose, listen to your MISSION CD and get with the FULL TQ SYSTEM if you don’t already have these valuable tools.

Today, please take an hour or so to find some quiet time. Think, meditate, pray. Ask your HEART to tell your HEAD to just shut up! Listen to your inner-voice.

Listen hard. Reflect on this single question:

What Do I VALUE Most?

What’s MOST Important to me?


This may well be the most important hour you will spend—ever.

With a clear head, and what’s important to you vividly in mind, ask yourself these four questions. These questions not only define your LIFE but how you will LIVE.

Four Life-empowering Questions:

WHO am I?

WHY am I here?

WHAT will I DO with the ONLY life I have to LIVE?

HOW in the world can I make this HAPPEN?

What on Earth are you here for? To live your best life now!
What on Earth are you here for? To live your best life now!

Time Horizon: Now to Eternity


The Bottom Line…

Living your purpose, on purpose, is not just a catch-phrase. It is a mandate.

It’s why Kent, I and the entire Team TQ are here…

To help you live your life with passion and purpose… to help you better use your God-given TALENTS… to help you turn your talents into powerful SKILLS… and to use those skills to achieve your greatest GOALS and aspirations.
— E.R. Haas, CEO


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E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including ThinkTQ.com, IntentionalExcellence.com, MyBizIQ.com, MyBelieversGuide.com, MarriageWithPurpose.com and hundreds of others.E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas.He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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