Pursuing Our Purpose-Part 6: Defining Pursuit As Trying to Do Something Over Time

Welcome back (or welcome for the first time) to my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.  We have been exploring the meanings of the “pursuing” part of pursuing our purpose, the third segment of this series.

If you would like to review the definitions for purpose, start with this post about purpose as the “why” behind what we do.

This post is about the second of  three variations in meanings for pursuing:

**Pursuing: trying to get or do (something) over a period of time.**

This is another quote that seems especially relevant. Each step forward is exactly that: a step FORWARD, moving us closer to realizing our goals and fulfilling our purposes in life. Any day we’re not going backward– or worse, standing still stagnating and not growing–is a good day.

For instance, take a look at this picture:

Photo Credit: morgueFile Free Photos

Yuck, right? This slimy green pond with stagnant water in it–we know this is a condition we don’t want in our lives! Yet it’s amazing how many times we allow fear, self-pity, poor self-image, indecision, lack of motivation, procrastination, inability or unwillingness to prioritize our priorities, and numerous other things, to stop us in our tracks.

Instead of moving forward, we fall backward–or we just stay still and stagnate! Even a baby step forward toward pursuing our purpose is better than allowing our lives to become stale, stagnant, and full of dead leaves and other debris!

I think some “spring cleaning” and “de-cluttering” might just be part of the process of pursuing our purpose in life!


If you don’t like something change it;

if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

~Mary Engelbreit


So what do you think about this definition as it relates to pursuing our purpose? Can you relate? Do you feel like you really are a bit closer to realizing your goals and fulfilling your purpose in life than you were yesterday, a month ago, a year ago? Do you need to de-clutter and get rid of some “debris” from your life?


COMING UP NEXT: Moving on to the third definition of “pursuing” as being involved in (an activity).

Pursuing Our Purpose-Part 5: Defining Pursuit as Following and Catching Something Valuable<< >>Pursuing Our Purpose-Part 7: Defining Pursuit as Involvement in an Activity

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7 comments to “Pursuing Our Purpose-Part 6: Defining Pursuit As Trying to Do Something Over Time”

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  1. Stephanie L. - May 20, 2014 Reply

    I spent three hours decluttering my workspace today…and actually felt so motivated I wrote a few articles…even found some materials I’d been looking for for ages! Thanks for the tip

  2. Salma - May 20, 2014 Reply

    I agree. I still feel far away from my goal, but every time I do something towards that goal, I have a feeling of accomplishment and that I’m making headway.
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  3. The Great Gordino - May 21, 2014 Reply

    It’s a fascinating subject – goals are great, they do give us that sense of moving forward and achievement if we are moving towards something.
    What I do find though, is that people attach some sort of future happiness to the final goal, and that’s dangerous for 2 reasons.

    Firstly it implpies that we will suddenly be happy when we get to a certain point, and showbusiness is an industry littered with people who got to the top and found that it wasn’t the pot of happiness they thought.

    Secondly, it implies we are not happy *now*. That stops us appreciating the abundance we have, and again that’s no good on the personal development front.
    Nice thread of posts here!
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  4. Francene Stanley - May 21, 2014 Reply

    I wonder if a really old person needs to make a tiny step. Maybe just recognizing their relation would qualify.

  5. Misty Spears - May 21, 2014 Reply

    I try and improve things every day, a little bit at a time. Not quite where I need to be, it’s a slow process, but I’m definitely getting there. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Andy Lockhart - May 21, 2014 Reply

    Great post, we all suffer at some level from procrastination and the green slime is a great example of what it can become, thanks for sharing
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  7. Sophie Bowns - May 21, 2014 Reply

    I went on an 8 mile walk today! 🙂
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