Your purpose is always in the language of a young person

purpose tips Feb 09, 2019

This is something I think makes a world of difference for people and purpose and that is: Your purpose is always in the language of a young person.

The idea of this is that our purpose has been with us for a very long time. You could say that it is part of, you know, who you are. It's part of your spirit or soul and energy. And for some people that you know, they say that it was with us before we were born. Some people say it was with us at birth, but either way, if state came was for a very long time.

When we first started using our purpose, when we first started interacting with it, even if we didn't know exactly what it was, we would have been in the mindset of a young person.

No matter what purpose work you've done – no matter what it is – ask yourself, is this how I would have described it when I was like 10, 11, or 12 years old? If it's not, it's probably what I call “adultified” and it's too intellectual and it's too heady.

But you can take that same feeling and look back and say, “Hey, how would I have said this as a young person?” It will make a difference.

An example from me –  for a long time, I said my purpose was about helping people to see the greatness in themselves or helping people to feel great about themselves and others. And those things sound great. They sound amazing. Those things inspire people.

But as I shared this more and more, I started to see that there was something missing. It wasn't quite landing the way I wanted it to. So I went and looked. And what I realized is that I wasn't saying I was great. I was standing for greatness for other people, but I wasn't saying “I'm great.”

And I was like, oh no, what's that about? So I looked and I realized I didn't want to do the work to be great. I didn't want to do the work that it takes, day in and day out, to be great. I was saying something more nice, something more controlled, like you know, “see the greatness in others.”

And when I saw that I said no change that, I started doing the work. I started saying, “I am going to be great because I know that I can bring greatness to anything.” And it may take time, just like me training for a marathon (which I'm doing today), it may take me a long time. It may not happen quite as fast as I want, but I know that I can do it.

That is my really important rule. Your purpose is always in the language of a young person. Let me know what you think. Let me know if that actually helps you. If you have any questions about your purpose, let me know!

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