Between wants, needs and purpose is a conflict. Between needs and wants is a purpose.

Needs, wants, purpose conflict.

What is a purpose? It is an outline of destinations, stops, starting points and journeys that saves a function in your life especially the one to prove the reason for your existence. It’s what you are living for not what you live with. Hence, a purpose is anything that can produce positive and enjoyable results in the long run if listened to.

What are needs? Needs are the very basic essentials you cannot live without. Needs are a requirement to every good state you enjoy in your life including life itself not death, happiness, and all other positives. Needs are the fuel everyone moves with. Shelter, clothing and food are good examples.

What are wants? Sometimes are neither basic nor essential. They are just what they are in our desires, a sense of our pride. Sometimes wants are extra essentials for those who can afford them. Whilst food is a need, a $200 dinner can be a want, especially when I need to borrow to afford it.

Your life is complete without your effort going into pushing forward a personal purpose or, in fact, without
ever having to come up with something that is purpose. Putting your purpose between wants and needs is downscaling that dinners down to something else, and use the change to put forward what’s in your plans and vision.

Mostly it’s fifty-fifty. Our effort, resources, time, money, strength and attention is half into our needs and half again into our wants. A thirty-three-and-a-half allocation would be necessary to each of the three. Our needs. Our wants. Our purpose. Because difference is made in including purpose in, not in the two we usually crowd our attention and effort in.

Success is a reward to a certain performance achieved and done purposefully. It comes when the tools at your exposal are used in such a way that they can only serve a function in your life. It comes when we focus more on what does pay in the future.

The conflict between the three is in the fact that what you put into acquiring your wants, once you put it there, it can’t be put into your need or purpose. You can’t have all of the three out of each dime, each minute and resource in your possession.

The essentials and the function, needs and purpose.

Needs are essential you cannot live without them. In counting your needs include the intangible ones like your happiness. You need to be happy and that’s essential in this life; that whenever a stream of sadness crouches in you find yourself equipped enough to pacify it and fare well even in grief. Most of the time happiness is an acquisition, and you must place a higher bid on the inner side to win it.

Once your needs are covered the advancements at the personal level can only come from acquiring or giving attention to those things that are functional. And that’s how purpose is achieved. A good example is in one of the paragraphs above. There are times when even dining is no longer done as an essential but a waste. When covering yourself is no longer an essential but more than you should exercise for you to have something left to push other productive things in your life, after having eaten a cheaper functional meal.

Function and purpose are also achieved if you choose to attain “feeling good” before “looking good“. It is a great thing to go with the little, live in the little if you are with an intention to achieve the most.

The things we can afford should not be things we can afford at a serious cost of our time, finances, resources, etc. To afford them at a lesser cost it can be a good thing to ignore them in the meantime while we buy functional items. Function pays. The function is discovered, and once you discover it you must allow purpose to be in your visibility so that you can step up.