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PHD: Purpose, Hope and Determination

Let me introduce you to a concept of mine that I call PHD, by first telling you a story about me, my car and my daily adventure.

Road ImageIt was like the movie groundhog day, with every day starting with me taking a trip in my car with no destination in mind, and therefore no need for a map. After driving for awhile, I would stop the car, look at where I was, realize that I was not where I wanted to be and then returning home, that's if I could find my way back. Every day, it was the same thing, I got in my car and drove with no purpose, no destination, no map, and ended up in the wrong place. Then one day there was a detour sign, which I didn't see and I ended up on a broken road and I crashed the car. So, I phoned roadside assist. The first question they asked of course was where are you? I think you know where this is heading. Of course I didn't know where I was, how I got there, or where I was going and it took a crisis for me to realize that.

So lets step back a little and list out what I needed to get to my destination? Of course first I needed a car, then I needed to have a reason for the trip, the car needed to be in good running order, the car needed fuel and of course I needed a destination. I bet you never had to put a long list like this together just to drive to grandmas house. However without all of these things, we will likely never get to any destination.

Ok so you may think... Cute analogy, but what does it really mean?

The car is me.
The trip is my Purpose.
The fuel is Hope.
The car being in good running order, is Determination.
The map is my plan.
The destination is my goal.

The moral of the story? You can get very frustrated with life's journey if you don't have a clear view of your life's Purpose and goal, if you are not fueled with Hope, or if you are not running on all cylinders of Determination. Purpose, Hope are Determination (PHD) are all elements intrinsically connected. If one is missing then you will likely never feel truly fulfilled in life.

For the first part of my life, I just let life happen, not having any real direction and certainly not having anything close to a life purpose. My thinking at that time was that being a father, brother, son and my work was my purpose, after all that was who I was and that was what I did, so that had to be my purpose.

Learn More:

What is Hope?
Purpose, Hope and Determination
The Mind-Body Connection

Ted Cole: Biographical Information

 

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