Why Clarity of Purpose matters

By Nina Steele 

Knowing what you want in life will ultimately determine whether you end up happy or not. There are many people around who profess to want to be happy, yet their actions do not match their words. How many of us have come across women who date unsuitable men, yet are surprised that their life is a mess and full of drama. I was one of those women once! Thankfully, I saw sense and seized my chance when the right man eventually came along.

And then there are those who want to become successful, yet are not willing to work for that success. As we all know, if you want something really bad, chances are that you will get it. But unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you will have to work for that success.

I graduated from the Open University in 2013 after 4 years of hard work. I knew that the flexibility of their system meant I had about 6 years to complete the course, however, I decided to do it for less than that, even though I was working full time. During the last year, I made the decision to study almost every single weekend, which pretty much meant no leisure activities for that year. It was very trying at times, but with a full time job, I had no choice if I wanted to complete the course within my chosen time. At the end, I got my degree and boy did I deserve it!

My take on life has always been simple. You have to know what you want and be ready to do whatever it takes to get it. For example, if you want peace in your life and some people only bring drama, you have to see less of them, even if they are close relatives. If you are not prepared to make those difficult decisions, then don’t complain.

People often assume that they have plenty of time ahead of them and so they can afford to waste time on things that don’t fulfil them. What if you die tomorrow? Yes people do die young. What a waste of life it would have been! I don’t assume that I will necessarily live to see old age and so for me, every day matters. If it all ends tomorrow, at least I didn’t spend my last days living an inauthentic life.

Nina Steele

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