How to Navigate Your Inner GPS to Find Your Purpose in Life

What if I told you that you have your own guidance system within you that can help you get from where you are in life to where you want to go?

It’s called your inner GPS.

I’m sure the first question you have is, “What is my inner GPS?”

Your inner GPS is similar to the GPS system you use in your car or on your phone. It tells you how to get from point A to point B.

When you get in your car and are heading to a specific destination, what is the first thing you input into your GPS? First, it finds your current location. Once it’s determined where you are, it gives you directions to where you are heading.

For the system to work, it simply needs to know your beginning location and your end destination. The navigation system figures out the rest by the use of an onboard computer that receives signals from multiple satellites and calculates your exact position. Then it plots a perfect course for you.

All you have to do from that point on is follow the instructions it gives you to reach your destination.

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Success in Life Works Like a GPS

Success in life works the same way:

All you have to do is decide where you want to go by clarifying your vision, then lock in your destination through goal setting, affirmations, and visualization, and then start taking the actions that will move you in the right direction.

With every picture you visualize, you’re “inputting” the destination you want to get to.

Every time you express a preference for something, you are expressing an intention.

A table by the window, front row seats at a conference, first-class tickets, a room with an ocean view, or a loving relationship.

All these images and thoughts are sending requests to the universe.

If you stay out of its way—meaning you don’t interrupt the process with a stream of negative thoughts, doubts, and fears, your inner GPS will keep unfolding the next steps along your route as you continue to move forward.

In other words, once you clarify and then stay focused on your vision, the exact steps will keep appearing along the way in the form of internal guidance, creating ideas, and new opportunities.

Be Clear and Focused About What You Want

Once you are clear about what you want and keep your mind constantly focused on it, the how will keep showing up—sometimes just when you need it and not a moment earlier.

You were born with an inner guidance system that tells you when you are on or off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose and will get you to where you want to go.

When you present your goals to the universe with all its powerful technology, you will be surprised and dazzled by what it delivers. This is where the magic and miracles truly happen.

Where is Your Inner GPS Taking You?

Take some time to think honestly and openly about where you currently are in your life.

What is your financial status? How are your relationships going? How is your health? And so on…

Next, think about where you would like to be.

If your life were perfect right now, what would it look like? What kind of job would you have and where would you be living? By continually doing this exercise, you’ll send powerful triggers to your subconscious mind to help you get there.

And remember to leave a comment below and share with us your ideal vision for your life!

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  • Ginette

    My goal is to live on a farm, on the water, healing people with the assistance of horses. I would have an indoor riding ring to use when it is raining and hot and cabins for people to live in while healing.

    • That sounds amazing, Ginette. Thank you for sharing your dream with us.

  • Tricia

    My goal is to have a happy family life and be able to travel a few times a year. This family right now is my 2 girls and I. I want someone to share that with. So my goal is to find my soulmate. My goal as far as career goes is to be living my purpose and I am so blessed to be in the middle of discovering what that is. Thanks for the inspiring video!

    • You're welcome, Tricia! Those are great goals, now put those goals into present tense: I am sharing my life with my soulmate, I travel a few times a year, I am living my true purpose, etc. "I AM" are very powerful words.

  • Rita Dunham

    Thanks Jack Canfield! Always on point as usual. I would like to have the freedom of doing what I love while helping others - and experience financial freedom while doing it. I have also experienced when you talk about opportunities and ideas that are revealed when we line up with the Universe and our intuition.

    • You are very welcome Rita! When you open yourself to the universe, it opens up for you too.

  • valeria

    My goal is to live by the beach in a 4500sqf one floor house, with a few palm trees on the garden a tahiti shape swimming pool, I write short stores, I'd like to be published in several countries and languages 🙂 And travel to promote my books, and make it also vacation with my family around the world.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring 🙂

    • That is a beautiful picture of your future Valeria. I have no doubt you'll achieve it.

  • Kathleen Smith

    My goal is to find joy and renewed health in my life again!!! I'm a personal trainer, but after a divorce a few years ago, and being knocked down with an autoimmune disease, I've spent last 3 years trying to heal. Also during this time, I've lost everything I own due to a house poisoned with mold, and am living with friends. My daughter got married last year to a wonderful man, but she's gone now -- and my son is leaving for Sweden to live and start his own family. I'll be all alone -- and not in my best health. I want so much to find my soulmate, travel to places I've never been, help others on their path to healing, live in a beautiful, comfortable home, and be a healthy, happy woman and grandma to my future grandchildren.

  • Vicky

    I live in a nice but small house on an acre block less than a kilometre from the beach. I have a recording studio on the property where I help budding artists get started. Established artists can hire studio time as well.
    I compose music and sell to major artists with at least one hit song per month. I'm fit and healthy in a nice relationship.

  • Nazafarin

    Thanks Jack Canfield, I would like to be a great author and be active in the field of media and find a good financial opportunity and have a great partner and helping others.

  • Samuel McNeill

    I am so happy and greatful now that I am self employeed earning $1,000 a week with my videos and oil paintings! I am free to be on my own schedule making it able for me to be in flow all of the time never missing an oppertunity to grow, travel and meet new people.

  • Pankaj Satwani

    My goal is to live a healthy, wealthy & beautiful life by spreading happiness around the world.
    Happiness is the most precious moments in our life, as much as we spread around us, we get thrice from the world.
    Moving toward my goals with joy & happiness, rest will be done by the nature.
    Thanks Jack , for the inspiring video & thoughts 🙂

  • Rebecca

    Thank you so much Jack for all the inspiration and guidance ! My dream is to live my life doing what I love which is creating art. I want to live in Santa Fe New Mexico and be surrounded by positive , uplifting , supportive , creative people. I want to become wealthy from my creative projects and then use my money to help the World .

    • That sounds like a beautiful dream. If you want it and work to get it, I know you'll achieve it!

  • sanjay mane

    Jack want money urgent, i did every thing which u told in The Secret movie, help me..

  • Lena

    I am a composer, musician, performer, and professor of music. I am surrounded by a supportive group of musicians, faculty/staff, and students who stimulate my intellect and creativity. I cherish the opportunity to teach and help others realize their creative visions. I'm so happy to finally be living my dream and that happiness spills over into all other facets of my life such as my relationships, finances, home, and health. Thank You!

  • Oksana

    Hi Jack Canfild,
    I am from Ukraine. I am so happy to find your website. I read 80 pages of your book some years ago and some of my wishes come true! It works!!! I started to do business on the Internet.
    Now i read your book on page 352 but yesterday I knew the bad news that i can not do my business more because the import of my goods from China to Ukraine is banned.
    I would like to know your smart advice what I have to do in this situation.
    By the way my dream: to find my soulmate and to build a happy family with successful husband and happy children, to live not far from the sea, doing things which i love, that brings me a lot of money.
    Thank you so much!

    • Hello Oksana! It sounds like you have had many successes so far, and a small hurdle will not keep you from many successes in the future. I'm not too familiar with laws in Ukraine, but is there another country you can import your goods from? I also would imagine that there are plenty of people in a similar situation to you. This would be a great opportunity to reach out and see what they are doing to continue their business, or to start a brainstorming group so that you may find a solution together.

      You have a clear vision of your dreams, keep thinking positively and working hard and I know they will become your reality. Best of luck! -Jack

      • Oksana

        Thank you so much Jack! Every word from you is very important for me. It gives me the strength and energy.
        The problem is that the banned delivery of my goods to Ukraine. It does not matter from which country. What did you mean to start a brainstorming group?
        Now I read your book and try Success Principles 10-Day Transformation!
        I feel much better and more confident and there are already some results! But I want more to achieve my goals and making new ones. I do it alone. I havn`t people who understand the power of positive thinking and who can support me and give a smart idea. I would like to learn more about how to achieve success from you. You are wonderful!

  • Mana Tita James

    I dream of living in Carderock, the Palisades in Potomac, Md. where I am close to nature like the Potomac river, and lots of fun activities such as rock climbing, golf and water sports. I build fortune 500 businesses and I spend most of my time inspiring young entrepreneurs and young people around the world to believe in limitless possibilities. I dream of an amazing family, a wife to die for a great kids. I love adventures, so I see myself skydiving, hiking famous mountains and traveling around the world, meeting amazing people and cultures. Spending my time teaching and inspiring and being a witness of testimonies of infinite possibilities. That's my amazing life and I'm working on it Jack. You're such an inspiration.
    Thank you.

    • Thank you for sharing, Mana! It sounds like you have a clear vision which will help you make it a reality. Sending you positive thoughts of encouragement!

      • Mana Tita James

        Thank you

  • Thembie Musvipa

    Oh now I get it. This is a serious light bulb moment for me. I may not be posting my goal right now, but I definitely will shortly. You know I have always been so limited in terms of having specific dreams and goals because I have always wondered 'HOW' they will happen, especially when I look at the finances required to get there, overwhelming as it may be; but I'm looking at the wrong thing... it's not about the 'how', because each step will unfold as I go. My responsibility is to keep focused on the goal and ward off any negativity and limiting blocks... this is just interesting. I'm Thembie, from Zimbabwe...

    • Thanks for sharing, Thembie! Your shift in perspective will reward you with success, good luck to you!