Personal Development

Creating a Path towards Purpose and Fulfillment

Written by Justin Harmon

I’ve come a long way in the past two years. I used to dream of having a better life. A life full of excitement, wonder, purpose, and most of all fulfillment. Like most of us though, dreaming is all I would do. I’d imagine the life I desired, but then do nothing about it.

Two Years Ago

That all changed a couple years ago. I was fed up with merely day dreaming of a better life, so I finally decided to take action and do something to try and make it real. I searched and searched for ideas of how I could make my dreams come true. I had to force myself to believe such things were actually possible. After all, if I was to turn my dreams into a reality, I had to change my perception of what I actually believed was possible.

creating_a_pathI like most people, had been taught to play it safe. I was taught that I could be whatever I wanted to be as long as it was “realistic”. After years of being “realistic”, I discovered that there was no such thing. I found that the limits placed in my thoughts by the environment I was brought up in were breakable. I discovered another world through my search for turning my dreams into a reality. A world of people who were taking the limited beliefs of what was possible in their lives and turning them on their heads.

I met people who were taking their dreams and making them real. People who discovered the truth and changed their thoughts to be able to dream big and make things happen. People who were making meaningful impacts in the lives of others and becoming financially independent because of it. I wanted that to be me. I wanted to do something that mattered, to help make some kind of difference in the world, and do it for a living. So that’s what I set out to accomplish.

Present Day

I’m still a long way from becoming financially free to fully pursue the work I aim to accomplish in the world, I am much closer than I was in the past. Since I started this journey towards purpose, fulfillment, and of course financial independence, I’ve done some things I couldn’t have imagined doing when I began. In two years’ time, I’ve built a blog that I am turning into a business. I’ve met and collaborated with some amazing people who are doing great things in the world.

I’ve collaborated with some of those amazing people to write a book called Change your Perception, Change your Life which is set to come out around the first of the year. I’ve successfully funded an Indiegogo campaign to help with some of the publishing costs of the book. I was contacted by a reputable publisher who wanted to publish the book, so I signed on. In a few short months, I’ll be an actual published author. It’s something I never could have imagined two years ago.

The journey has been surreal and it’s only just beginning. I know I couldn’t have done it without taking that first step of actually believing it was possible. If you’re someone who is wanting to create your own path towards purpose and fulfillment, here are some things that have helped me to keep moving forward on mine.

1. Perception

By far the hands down most important aspect of starting any new journey is the perception you have towards the goal. If you want to achieve something, no matter what it is, you need to be able to see it as believable and achievable. It comes down to changing your thoughts in a way that helps your perception of the end result. A good way to start is by discovering your “why”, or the reason for whatever it is you are wanting to do. If you have a good enough reason for why you want to do something, you have a better chance of perceiving it as attainable.

It took me quite a while, but once I realized my “why” and made it a staple in my daily thoughts, I was not only able to truly start perceiving the journey I was going to start as possible, but necessary.

2. Environment

The environment you put yourself in is vital to being successful on your path. By environment, I mean the people, places, and things you surround yourself with. For me, it was finding an online environment of resources that helped inspire, motivate, and constantly remind me of the reason why I was on the path, and help me to stick with it when times got tough. I started discovering and hanging around different websites and online groups of people who were on similar journeys as me.

When you choose an environment, remember to choose one that helps you define and grow in your purpose and desires for creating the life you are seeking. If your path towards fulfillment means becoming a circus clown, start delving into the circus clown world. If your path towards purpose means starting a charity, find the people and places that are already doing what you aim to do.

3. Connection

The next sentence is by far the most important single piece of advice I can give you. The people you surround yourself with will be the deciding factor in your progress towards your goal or the demise in your collapse. The famous Jim Rohn quote that changed my life is this; “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I have found that quote to be truer than any other I have ever heard in my life.

Connect with like-minded people, find a way to help them first and foremost, make friends, and they will return the favor. You cannot do anything worthwhile alone. I know, I tried. If I would have started connecting with people sooner, rather than trying to do it all myself, I may have been much further along.

4. Action

All the dreaming and wishing I used to do was replaced by gut wrenching action. I saw my hopes and dreams and knew they were going to take a lot of time and work if I were to ever reach them. I also knew that I would definitely never reach them if all I did was to continue dreaming.

I took action. One small step at a time. One day at a time. I committed myself to doing at least one action step a day, even if it was only for five minutes. The most important part was pushing forward because those five minutes one day would turn into two hours another day. Each day moving forward was something new being accomplished and bringing me one small step closer to where I was going.

As long as you start and dedicate whatever free time you can to chasing your dreams, you’ll not only gain momentum and start to accomplish things, you will also learn more about yourself and grow as a person in the process. Action brings movement and movement brings growth, experience, and results.

5. Perseverance

The only thing more powerful than taking action, is to keep taking action. There’s a reason it’s called “starting a journey.” A journey is an expedition to achieve a life changing end result. At least that’s the context I’m using it in. Think ìThe Lord of the Rings.” The journey to where little Frodo and his friends took them through trials and tribulations they never could have imagined. They could have turned back and quit, but their “why” was too important and they knew they had to carry on no matter what happened.

Although your journey might not be as exemplary as Frodo and his gangs, it is still going to come with its challenges and hardships. You will want to quit, you will want to give up, and you will surely think the work is too much at times. But, if you keep persevering through all of it, you will find your purpose and reach your fulfillment, I promise you.

It may not look like the fulfillment you first saw when you started on your path, but it will begin to take shape as you move forward. Keep moving forward my friend, the Universe has a way of drawing the desires of those who have the greatest resolve, into their physical reality.

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About the author

Justin Harmon

Justin Harmon has chosen a life seeking personal freedom, fulfillment, and a way to make an impact in the world and the lives of others. You can find Justin over at Unplugged Recreated. Be sure to grab the Dream Design Toolkit to help you on your path to becoming more happy, awake, fulfilled, and free.


  • Perception! Or in other words… Faith…

    This is the key. This must be first. If you get this, then the rest will flow naturally. I started changing my life 8 years ago. I sealed the commitment by getting faith tattooed on my arm.

    Everything I do now is truly guided by my own belief that I’ll figure out and succeed no matter what.

  • Your connection with perception and perseverance really sums things up. Understanding why we do things is important, and easy to lose sight of during the hard times. Life has a way to derail our life’s goals and ambitions. Interested to hear if you’re goals, or your “why” ever changed during your two years, if ever so slightly? I ask because I think sometimes people are scared to go with their gut and change their goal, even if intuition is calling them to.

    • Hi Andrew,

      Good question man. I would say that yes definitely my goals and ambitions have changed since I began. I get new ideas about different directions to take based on how I look at things, as my perception changes, all the time. My why is pretty constant, just the circumstances of which way I want to take with it change. For example, my site Unplugged Recreated stems from my want to help people see life in a way that hopefully gives them the strength to chase their dreams and understand the importance of seeking out a purpose as well as trying to make a meaningful difference in the world in some way. Although I can’t sum it up in one sentence, that’s basically what I’m trying to do there.

      But, there is so much more I want to achieve with my “why” that I think is limited when I narrow it down to a certain niche or whatever. Also, like you said, sometimes people are scared to go with their gut and change their goal. Not that I’m scared, but I think I may have compromised in some way my ability to fully express what I want to say, do, and who I want to help in the world by trying to focus in on a particular audience because that’s what everyone says you need to do. Just not sure I’m buying into that anymore. Anyway, thanks for getting my ideas flowing. Good luck on your rebrand. I may do the same in the near future.


  • In regards to point #2 Environment

    Considering we are all physical, mental and spiritual beings. Would you also suggest we live in and are influenced by three different environment types (mental, spiritual and physical)?

    • Hey Kael,

      This is of course purely based on my experiences, but I think it’s fair to say that. Our mental environment if talking about thoughts, how we look at things, etc. can be influenced by our physical environment and the circumstances surrounding it, like how we got there, our upbringing,… It can also go the other way as far as our mental affecting our physical environment because we can change our thoughts and how we perceive the world outside of us.

      The spiritual environment, which I’m still trying to make sense of, can be and is affected by the other two. For example, I grew up in a family where we didn’t talk about or pay any sort of attention to our spiritual environment and to be it was a foreign concept, perhaps even non existent. As I got older and learned more about the world and started looking for, well, myself, it brought me on an inner journey where I believe 100% percent in the spiritual essence within me and in all of us and everything.

      My physical environment growing up influenced how I thought (mental) about anything spiritual and the same I guess could be said about the physical environment. So to answer your question, I would say yes. I also believe we can become more in tune with our spiritual being and use it to influence both our mental and physical environments in a way that sort of completes us in a way or brings all three in tune with one another. Like I said, just my opinion as I continue to journey the depths of my inner being.


  • Inspiring article Justin. Personally I would see #4 is the key in this process and morph it just a tad, but that stems from my years as a small business coach. All the great planning and schmoozing in the world will get you no where if you don’t take action – but not just any action – focused action. I’ve seen far too many wannabe entrepreneurs crash and burn as a result of letting their enthusiasm drive them into action-for-the-sake-of action rather than taking the time to plan and create focus.

    • Thank you for pointing that out Marquita. Action alone will may get you started, but focused action where you create a plan and take it on at a tactical level will produce the results that just taking action without a focused outcome will not.


  • Hi Justin, I really enjoyed your post – thanks a lot for sharing your experiences. I liked a lot when you said: “If you want to achieve something, no matter what it is, you need to be able to see it as believable and achievable” and I absolutely agree. As long as you can’t believe what you want to accomplish, it’s manifestation will be impossible. The difficult part however is to get from a state of not believing to the state of believing that you can reach your goals – especially when those goals are big and not so easy to reach.

    • Glad you liked it Robert. You mention something very important and that’s to figure out how to move from a state of non believing to the state of believing you can accomplish your goals.

      Something that helped me with this is to start using my inner beliefs to take over what I had come to hear about what is and what was not possible from my environment and the cultural restrictions that I grew up in. Also, reaching out, connecting, and forming relationships with people who are achieving what you are having a hard time believing is possible will help bring you to that point.

      After all, we are average of the 5 people who we spend the most time with according to Jim Rohn, which I believe is true. When you start surrounding yourself with the doers, you will become a doer as well.

  • Hi Justin,
    Insightful post.I totally agree with you about the action and perseverance part.
    Work ensures that you sow seeds for the crop you desire to harvest.The truth is that your desires are your crop.And the work you put in,the action you invest into your goals, is the seed that inevitably germinates into your crop.But when you have no seed,no action,there is no harvest,no goal.That is why sometimes it is better to engage in imperfect action instead of perfect inaction.
    You are bang on about the universe having a way of granting our wishes and desires finally.

    • Hi Mona,

      Great analogy! Much better to have imperfect action indeed. The more action you take, the closer you become to your goals and desires. The Universe definitely has a way of drawing closer to what we focus on. Took me many years to finally take action, but ever since I’ve started, it’s been a crazy good ride :)


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