How finding your purpose helps you get more stuff done with less stress

 

Day 10 of the unexpected benefits of knowing your purpose - getting stuff done.

This has to be the very best - getting stuff done.

Purpose often has this sense of being airy, fairy and this thing that you get to after you get done with the "important stuff."

Nothing can be farther from the truth. When you know who you are and what you are about, you just get more stuff done. And this isn't by accident as your purpose forces you to focus on 5 key areas:

  • Knowing who you are

  • How to share it

  • Taking actions aligned with your purpose

  • Building systems to support your efforts and

  • Learning to grow through reflection and refinement

That is owning your purpose and when those things happen you just get sh!t done. And not just by working hard but by being more of yourself.

Because when you are more of yourself, and your conversations and actions are more aligned with that (even if you aren't perfect) and your systems support you, then things just move faster.

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How finding your purpose helps you feel more (which is a good thing).

 

Day 9 of the unexpected benefits of knowing your purpose - increasing your ability to feel.

I know this may sound funny but increasing your ability to feel is so beneficial in business. After all, much of marketing and branding and customer service is about how you want your clients to feel about your business.

And something that is quite helpful in determining how other people feel?

Knowing how YOU actually feel and having the ability to share what is going on with you.

Knowing your purpose is in large part about how you want yourself and others to feel so the more you deepen your understanding of your purpose the more you are attuned to your feelings.

This allows you to powerfully speak about what is and is not working for you and others.

As a leader, if you are interested in having others be authentic and real then you have to be willing to be authentic and real. That starts with having the courage to share who you are and what is happening in your world.

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How finding your purpose helps you reduce stress and overwhelm.

 

Day 8 of the unexpected benefits of knowing your purpose - you reduce your stress and overwhelm.

Let's honest - stress and overwhelm suck. It's so easy to get caught up in all that needs to be done and get pulled in so many directions that you lose sight of yourself and the possibility of living a life you really love.

Knowing your purpose helps with that.

When you know who you are and what you are about and you have the confidence that you can and will take actions consistent with that purpose, then you don't stress as much about what to do or if you will do it.

You just know that there is some step that you can take to keep moving forward. So you take a breath and you do it.

Purpose, since it is always about yourself and others, fosters connections that are real and authentic so you can actually relax and be yourself in more places. That means you know you have the community and the support to do what it is that you want to do even if it seems incredibly overwhelming.

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Get grounded and certain in yourself by knowing your purpose

 

Day 7 of the unexpected benefits of knowing and using your purpose - being grounded,

In this day and age of being pulled in a million different directions, being grounded in who you are and what you are about not only feels good but it also is beneficial.

This is especially true when things do not go as planned as they are bound to do. 

Rather than doubting your self and having all those "I suck" voices run through your head, you can lean on your purpose with confidence. That gives you the space and freedom to keep taking the next steps.

The other benefit of being grounded in our purpose is that you generate momentum. If are taking actions and having conversations that are aligned with your purpose those things build up over time. Then one day you look around at your life and you realize how much of your life is a reflection of your purpose.

Nothing will be perfect of course but you definitely have a sense of "wow - that really is me" that only reinforces your sense of your...

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Finding your purpose helps you get real with yourself and others.

 

Let's get real - the ability to be real, to be yourself regardless of circumstances is not the easiest thing to do. Everyone from Brene Brown to Oprah talks about the power of being authentic and knowing your truth.

But there is one big problem - most of us have no idea who we actually are. We have far more experience being who we think we need to be rather than being who we actually are. This is especially true at work where we have the added stress of having to produce results.

Of course, we know that feeling of when we are actually being ourselves. There is a sense of freedom, joy, and laughter because you are grounded in who you are and you don't feel the need to be anything.

Knowing your purpose and knowing who you are helping with this. Yes, there will be places where you struggle being yourself, we all have those. But the more you can explore purpose and to expand your ability to experience it yourself and share it with others, then your ability to be real will grow.

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Finding your purpose helps with focus and avoiding shiny objects

 

In this day of Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Netflix, Slack, self-driving cars and a million other things right at our fingertips it's safe to say that distraction is an issue.

And perhaps even for impactful than day to day distractions are the distractions that pull us from our bigger goals. Should I do this project or take that job or support that cause? All seem like good ideas in some way but who is to say which is the "right one."

The unexpected part of the focus that I see after finding one's purpose isn't the "I'm going to do this one big thing and I always think about it" sort of focus. It's the focus that comes from countless gentle nudges and baby steps in a particular direction.

You know who you are and what you are about and with that information you are just more likely to take actions, have conversations and build systems that are aligned with that purpose.

The experience isn't you always know exactly what you are doing and where you are going or how to get there,...

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How finding your purpose helps with standing up for your needs

 

Do you stand up for what you need to be successful, what you deserve or what you believe in? 

Let's be honest - that isn't easy to do. It's one thing to know what you want and it's another to make that known to the people that matter.

Knowing your purpose helps with this because you are clear on who you are and who you aren't. You are able to say this is what I need or don't want and express that in a way that people can actually hear.

The good news is that If you put your purpose into everyday language and practice using it on a regular basis, then you build up your confidence so that when you are talking with a boss or a potential hire or an investor or a key client you an more easily say this is who and I and what I am about that this is why you need what every you need.

Does it always work out?

Not of course not but the more you know about your purpose, the more clear you are going to be on what you need and the more courageous you will be in going after it.

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How finding and using your purpose helps with feedback

 

In the modern world, feedback is crucial and frequent. You need the ability to give feedback in a way that people can hear and you need to be able to take.

None of us are perfect so even if we know our purpose 100% there will be times when we fall short.

Understanding who you are and what you are about, helps with this. 

If you make a mistake, no matter how bad, you still know your purpose and that provides a foundation or a base. Yes, there may be impacts and you may have to apologize or do something of the like to resolve the issue but those things don't strip you of your ability to say "I am about [your purpose] and this is what it means to me."

For me, that gives the space to take a breath, think about what I said or did, and how I can do better next time.

On the giving side, I find purpose helps me better understand how to say the feedback in a way the person can hear and it compels me to speak up when something isn't working for myself or the people around me.

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Finding your purpose helps with grit, determination and not giving up

 

Another unexpected benefit of finding, using, and ultimately owning your purpose is that you keep going and don't give up.

I think this happens for at least two reasons:

  1. You can't stop being yourself - Once you figure out that purpose, no matter how many mistakes you make, you are still you. That means you spend less time thinking "Oh - there is something wrong with me" and "I can't do that." Not that those things go, away but they can't stick around quite as much if you are clear on who you are.
  2. Your purpose provides the foundation and aspiration - This back and forth means that you always have a step to take. You can either work on what it takes to experience more of your purpose yourself or you can work on what it takes to share it more effectively with others. 

Combine these things together you will naturally keep moving forward. That movement helps you build up your confidence courage and that helps with your grit and determination.

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How finding your purpose helps you free yourself from mental weight

 

One huge benefit of finding and then using purpose in life is that it frees you up from the questions like "who am I?" and "what am I about?".

I don't think we realize, at least I didn't, how much those things weigh on us as we think about the relationships, jobs, and life we want.

Of course, finding your purpose doesn't mean that everything that needs to be done is magically done. No there is still work to do and that work isn't always easy or straight forward.

As a purpose coach, what I see is that as people settle deeper and deeper into their purpose they are able to use it faster and faster to make the decision, get unstuck and generally move things forward.

There is no worry about who they are and what they are about, it's just about being more of who they actually are.

That's the first unexpected benefit of knowing your purpose. If you want to see the other 9, go here.

If you want to clarify your purpose and start freeing yourself from that mental weight today, go here

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