Posted tagged ‘Purpose’

Clarify Your Purpose

December 29, 2012

We each make a difference, through our presence and our absence, through our actions and through our inaction.  By clarifying our purpose it becomes clear how our existence contributes to the betterment of life, When we clarify our goals our priorities are made clear. Inspired meaning infuses our lives.  Breathe in new possibility.  Embrace Divine Purpose.  It will help you calm the waters or ride the waves.

Image  Consider the thoughts below from Chapter One of IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS, LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES.  For more and to order, click this link and use discount code D6BTQE42 at check out for 30% off.

  • You are the offspring of those who persevered through trepidation, trials and tribulations. Not only can you make it, it is your legacy.
  • Sometimes we have to “restart and reset.”
  • We have the power to define our experience; indeed, that is what we do.
  • Remember to embrace “Inspirational dissatisfaction.” Be grateful yet discontent enough to be inspired to make a difference.
  • Think you can or think you can’t. Either way, you are right.
  • “Cherish the moment… [Do] not waste precious life worrying.” – Mark Holland
  • Creative possibilities emerge as we interpret and respond to the same stuff with anticipation.

So find a quiet or inspired space and ask yourself, “What is most important to me?  How can I make a difference while loving life?  How can I use my divine gifts?  Write your answers.  Get input and reserve your right to filter and assess.  Choose, act, adjust and enjoy.  You have already begun.  Thank you for BEING the difference you want to see in the world.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at

Knocked on Course

December 26, 2012

Sometimes in the midst of a mighty effort we may find ourselves derailed.  The wind knocked out of us, disappointed and disillusioned, disgusted with ourselves or/and our situation, we become disoriented.  Okay, this is undesirable to most of us, extremely uncomfortable at the very least.

Consider another possibility.  Consider the possibility that the very thing that is hindering you is also assisting you in building your strength, your resolve and your insight.  It can provide motivation.  Further, the challenge may clarify for you how much or how little you want it.  Things that come too easily sometimes tend to be valued less.  It comes so fast sometimes we think it can come again just as quickly and then, we squander it.  cherish the “easy comes” else they become “Easy go.”

Here is a third possibility, one that may really make you say “Hmmmm.”  What if  you are not being knocked off course but being knocked on course?  Ever hear someone say, “In retrospect, losing that job was the best thing that could have happened to me”,  or, After I let go,  my whole life turned around.”  Check out what Tyler Perry has to say."Sometimes your meant to be hidden." “Sometimes your meant to be hidden.”[/caption]

Maybe being unemployed will lead you to starting your own business or going back to school.  Maybe, just maybe, there is something more for you than what you lost.  You may have heard the saying, “some people are with you for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.   We don’t know which it is, we can only make the most of it.

Sometimes you have to be knocked on course to get it right.  Sometimes we are held back only to find a better path.  Tyler Perry, producer, director and philanthropist says that because doors were closed,  it forced him to create his own access way, to own his own path.  Think about this in your life and recognize your opportunity.  Set your goals to live in Divine Purpose.


– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at

The Majesty of Divine Plan

March 30, 2011

Everything connects in some way.  When we expect the good, our attitude reflects that expectation. When we expect the worst, well, the same often occurs. Even when something undesirable occurs it will pay great dividends to ask yourself what you might glean from the experience.  The question in and of itself offers value as your focus moves toward lesson instead of deepening the pain.

I have been inspired by recent turn of events that are moving me in a wonderful direction.  My focus grows clearer as I am called to make decisions on how my life is BEST expressed. Since we are here for only a brief time on this earth, doesn’t it make sense that we should dedicate our energies to what fulfills and supports our selves and one another?  A wonderful thing occurs when we do this.  WE are enriched.  All of us!

Focus on your strengths and not so much on your weaknesses.  Oh, give them attention, but do so through the vantage point of your strengths.   You can seek out others and you will attract those whose strengths are in doing what you prefer not to do.  Yes you can build those weakness.  You can grow in these areas and you should.  Just consider growing together.  It pays in greater dividends. 

Remember we are all part of something.  It serves the whole of life to maximize our life experience by doing what we do best and giving others the opportunity to do the same.  Live, love, learn.  Give, forgive – your turn.  Live your peace, your joy, your dream and watch the world grow better.

3] Create a Commercial

January 30, 2010

“Huh?  Create a commercial!?! You gotta be kidding.” Look, I understand that to some, these suggestions may seem too radical. Ask yourself though, “Am I willing to try a few things outside of my normal behavior in order to create above normal results for my life?”  There is no risk here.  There is only possibility and opportunity.

Think about your good qualities and your strengths, as you see them.  Now, list all the positive qualities you know about yourself and add those that others have said about you in the past. Do not dismiss or edit.  You might even contact a few close friends and ask them to pretend that you have just commissioned them to develop an ad campaign to promote the best in you.  Try it.


What is your Brand?

Imagine that you represent a high powered wall street advertising firm and you have been given the task of marketing this product called YOU to the world.  What kind of commercial would you develop?  What vehicles would you use to promote YOU?

As you write the script  bear in mind that just as it is done for most high powered products, a “brand” should be identified that defines the character or essence of YOU.  Your core features and benefits should be communicated.   Don’t just deal with who you have been, address who you are and who you intend to be.

The best commercials evoke an emotional response.  They make us laugh or they make us reflect.  What will you come up with here?  Who can assist you in developing your commercial?  Most marketing executives work with a team.  Enlist the support of co-workers, friends and loved ones and reciprocate if invited.

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From the book, IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES” – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.  3 of 5

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