Sometimes I hear the feedback that parts of ‘this coaching stuff’ is a bit woo-woo…or weird…or ‘out there’. OK, I get it. I get this isn’t what most of us grew up hearing. I even get that for some of us, over say a particular age, feel it is all just a bunch of hoaky-pinoaky. Except then there’s that whole science thing. The real, in the lab evidence data that backs this woo-woo stuff up. In the past few months I’ve moved away from sharing the citations with you for bits and pieces but please know, if you want them they are easy enough to get. Google it, be mindful of who you use as references ~ its what I do.
Today’s woo-woo is on the topic of purpose. Life purpose, work purpose. Important stuff. Simply stated we are talking more openly and more frequently about the need to not only have a sense of purpose, but to also be able to articulate one’s purpose. The University of Minnesota sums up purpose really well; “true purpose is about recognizing your own gifts and using them to contribute to the world—whether those gifts are playing beautiful music for others to enjoy, helping friends solve problems, or simply bringing more joy into the lives of those around you.”
Being able to articulate your purpose both in the arena of life and work will have long wave ripples in your life. Those who are able to clearly verbalize this have any number of benefits including a longer, happier life, the capacity to withstand pain and setbacks more easily, are generally healthier and have much more resilience, and deeper, more meaningful connections to others. Are you ready to get started on figuring out your purpose? Is this enough evidence that its worth your time?
While there are some basic questions you can ask yourself to get started on formulating a clear statement of purpose I’m going to caution you this is an interesting exercise; on the one hand it is important to keep it simple and on the other hand it can be tempting to get stuck in thinking about this. Stick with the not too complicated. See if you can answer these questions in about 2-3 paragraphs:
What’s important to you?
What do you value?
Where do I belong?
What is most important to you?
Once you have answered those questions now ask yourself these questions about work (paid and/or hobbies/volunteer service):
What aspects of work give you joy?
What aspects of your work do you tread?
When do you find time flying by without you noticing?
What is the purpose of your work?
Giving these questions will allow you in turn to begin to put some pieces into place for you or make decisions about what is going to be best for you in the long run. If you love one part of your work but there’s another part you can’t stand, is there a way to minimize the amount of time you put into the less favored parts and optimize the parts you do? Are you currently living your life in alignment to what you’ve stated is important to you? If not is there to begin to make that happen now rather than later?
I’ve given you a great deal to think about! I hope you find it helpful as you start to hammer out a clear vision of your purpose. Want some extra help? I’ve done a Facebook Live on these topics ~ check it out!
Want some extra support? I’m right here just for that purpose. Give a shout out, get on my calendar and let’s see where you can go when you have all the energy you need!
Wishing you all the best for your week!