A couple of years ago I was in the studio doing a webinar that was being broadcast live to a few thousand people. After being on the air for two hours, at the very end of the broadcast the interviewer says, “Dr. Chris, we only have about thirty seconds left, and I just have one more question for you: What’s the meaning of life?” And I said, “You want me to answer that in thirty seconds, do you? Well, actually I can.”
The meaning of life, and more specifically the purpose of your life, is to fully express all that God has created you to be, to not leave this planet with one ounce of potential left inside you. Give the world the full dose. It’s just that simple. You are here to be what Nature intended you to be: a fully expressed, once-in-a-lifetime, never-again-repeated-in-all-of-history, unique, strange and powerful individual.
You would think that would be pretty easy to do. If all we have to do is be what Nature intended us to be, you would assume we’d discover that fairly early in life and set out doing it. But it doesn’t happen that way. We just don’t hear that message very often.
No one told me to boldly go where no man has gone before, except in the opening credits of Star Trek. When I was a young boy, no one said, “Trust your heart, Chris. It knows the real you. Don’t conform to others’ wishes. Find the talent God gave you. It’s been left inside awaiting your discovery.” Most people don’t hear that kind of message, unless they have an enlightened family member who encourages them or a teacher at school who is able to see in them what they don’t yet see in themselves.
How do you think the world would be different if we told every child, “Your only duty in life is to be what you are. Be true to your nature. Stay true to your talent. Be yourself.” How do you think your life would have been different if someone had told you that at five years old, or ten or even twenty?
From The Power of You by Dr. Chris Michaels