The following was shared with me by my cousin, Dajuan First-Class, an inmate in a CDCR institution. It’s an excerpt from the T.D. Jakes book entitled Destiny: Step into Your Purpose:

Destiny - Step into Your Purpose by T.D. Jakes

Destiny – Step into Your Purpose by T.D. Jakes

These same words, “ne plus ultra“, also have been stamped on the minds of many men and women who have great potential but who have not ventured past the limits of their self-imposed boundaries. They live in frustration because they believe there is no more beyond their current job, beyond their current state of physical health, beyond living from paycheck to paycheck, beyond having an unfulfilling marriage, or beyond living single. And even when they know there is more than what they are accustomed to, they may be paralyzed by the fear of what lies ahead if they try to pursue more.

The paralysis that confines us to living in small spaces is often rooted in fear fueled by the people closest to us. The people we love are sometimes guilty of encouraging us to live in “ne plus ultra” mode. A husband may be apprehensive about his wife’s desire to go back to college and complete her degree. A best buddy may be intimidated by his friend’s newfound interest in church or a more spiritual existence. A parent may be unsettled by a child’s desire to move to a different city or a different country.

When you share your dreams with people who cannot envision more, their fearful comments can be discouraging. When people encourage you to live a life that yields less than what you’re capable of accomplishing, there’s usually a selfish motive. When the people closest to you try to confined your life to a small space, it’s typically not because they’re bad people or because they want you to feel like a failure. Most often they fear you will outgrow them and have no room for them in your life.

The problem of living in “ne plus ultra” mode is that our human nature compels us to seek more. No matter how much you say, “This is it”, your spirit is telling you, “Keep searching.” The life we are destined to live calls to us, and our spirits turn toward it. I hope you will heed the call to live in the larger space your spirit calls you into.” ~ TD Jakes

How to Achieve the Purpose God Has Planned for You

According to T.D. Jakes, it’s doesn’t take much to “achieve you God-given aspirations” in life. All you need to do is:

  • Rethink your priorities
  • Decide what you really need to be focusing on
  • Learn what it is you should be ignoring

Destiny: Step into Your Purpose by T.D. Jakes

Best selling author, T.D. Jakes, helps you search within your self to find the courage you need to face life’s challenges, and drive right past them. This is key to unearthing the true purpose in life that He created you to purpose.

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

In Destiny: Step into Your Purpose, T.D. Jakes expands on the idea he helped us explore in his bestselling book Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive.


What’s causing your paralysis? Are you living in ne plus ultra mode? What should you be ignoring in order to not only realize, but step into your God-given purpose in life?

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Kiesha Joseph is the owner of Content Marketing Geek Corporation. Her company provides white hat, inbound marketing services for small businesses, entrepreneurs, real estate professionals, bloggers and authors. Ms. Joseph enjoys swimming, cooking, eating, dancing, and of course writing. Kiesha is currently the managing content editor for Prison Rideshare Network news for inmates’ loved ones.
  • The following comment was posted by Virginia Joseph in response to Dajuan First-Class’s post on Facebook: “I’m guilty and I’ll never forget that. I stopped Regina Adams twice from pursuing her dreams thinking I knew it was the wrong dream. She first wanted to go to school to be a mortician and I talked her out. I felt working with the dead would drain her life of happiness. Then she decided the military. Again I couldn’t imagine my child fighting a war so I talked her out of that. I never thought of her growing away from me, I just thought both were bad ideas. So she’s left in her small surroundings. Guilty!!!”