Hint: It Isn't What You Do Everyday

 


Over the past several months, I’ve had conversations with friends and colleagues who – like me – are redefining their work and their purpose in life.  The magic of discovery.  
 
With this in mind, I’m sharing a more prescriptive blog this week.  I welcome your comments and future conversations. Don't hesitate to reach out to me. The feedback I receive from you and from my continued coaching conversations will certainly inform future blogs and workshops.  So – please join the conversation.
 

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No matter what your role is in life, you have the opportunity to live a higher purpose.  Your purpose isn’t what you do every day – it’s how you show up.
 
So…drumroll please.  What is your higher purpose?  
 
To find the answer to that big question, we need to start with self-reflections.  For those of you who bristle at the very idea of self-reflection – grab hold of some courage. If this is important to you, and if you’re interested in finding your way to purpose, then you’re gonna be uncomfortable for a while.  Hang in there.  I promise it will be worth it.
 
And remember…this is a process.  Don’t assume your first answer is the best answer.  Sometimes we skate across the surface and take the first thing that comes to mind.  Because it's easier.  However, authentic purpose is often deeper than that first thought.  So, sit with it.  And continually ask yourself these questions, as well as the many others that will eventually surface.
 

  • What do you envision in the places where you spend most of your time?
  • Why is this important to you?
  • How does this vision translate into your purpose?
  • Review your purpose.  Is it authentic?  Does it lead from the heart vs your head/ego?  
  • How does it inspire you?
  • How do you align what you do with this higher purpose?  (How do you show up at work?  How do you parent?  Nurture friendships?  Participate in your community?)
  • How committed are you to being vulnerable and learning as you live your purpose?
  • How do you lead yourself and others from your authentic place?
  • How do you share yourself and connect others to this purpose?
  • How do you stay positive in your purpose when faced with conflict?

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By the way – my purpose? It’s still being fine-tuned.  To-date, here it is.  To bring possibilities to life by coaching people to begin again as they find and voice their true life stories.
If you’re interested in reading about a corporation that sought its purpose, there’s a new article in the Harvard Business Review, written by Robert E Quinn and Anjan V. Thakor.  Entitled Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization, you will see  the business world re-animating its commitment to the value of purpose, empathy and a long term (long-termism) approach to life and work.   
 
The link to the HBR article:  https://hbr.org/2018/07/creating-a-purpose-driven-organization