When you interact with people how do you want them to feel
How would you describe the feeling of your answer from question #1 in language you would have used when you were 10, 11 or 12?
Keep asking #2 until you get a word that you would have used when you were young.
I know that may seem simple but that word which is probably something like love, joy, happiness or excitement is who you are and what you are about (even if you aren't perfect at it).
Living a life of purpose is about having conversations, taking actions and building systems that help yourself and others experience more of your purpose.
You are already doing it to some degree and I would love to you show you how to make greater use of it.
To create your Purpose Pillars, think of 6-8 things that help you experience more of your purpose or describe what your purpose means to you.
Then choose your 5 must haves. These are your pillars. Don't worry about being perfect as you can change these at any time.
Then memorize your purpose statement:
Hi, my name is...
I'm about being/feeling...[your purpose]
And what that means to me is...[your pillars].
Ways to explore your purpose
Here are three ways to explore your your purpose now that you have clarified it.
Journal about what your purpose means to you, where it shows up in your life and where you struggle with it.
Share it with others, let them know what it means to you and ask them what it means to them.
Be apart of a community minded people that can offer support and you can support. Purpose is a team sport and community helps.
10 ways to use your purpose
There are so many ways to use your purpose, Here are just a few:
For your marketing and branding - Now that you know who you are and what you are about, you use that language to bring more authenticity to your marketing and branding,
In your job search - when you talk with the hiring manager you can say "this is who I am and what I am about, out of curiosity how does that show up here?" You'll either know how you fit our if that isn't a good place for you.
In your customer service - ask yourself "is what I"m doing leaving myself and my clients present to my purpose?" If yes, do more of that. If no, make adjustments.
In your morning routine - What would it take for you to wake up each and everyday present to your purpose? Journal about that and build habits one step at a time.
To get unstuck - Any place you are experiencing something less than your purpose, then you'll find that one of your pillars is either missing or could be elevated.
To set and evaluate goals - If you expanding your ability to experience and share your purpose, what could you reach for an/or achieve? How would reaching for and/or achieving your goals fulfill on your purpose?
To develop your voice/messaging - The more you explore who you are you'll understand what it means for yourself and others. That will help you know what to say and have the confidence to actually say it.
To keep going through challenges - No doubt things will go bad from time to time. But no matter what happens you can remind yourself that you are still your purpose and take baby steps.
Develop your authenticity and empathy - Your purpose is about yourself and others. The more you can explore this back and forth the more real you can be with yourself and others. And you will have a greater understanding of what is going on in their world.
To build team and connection- The purpose of any group is some combination for the purposes of the leaders. If you are founding a company or kicking off a project or initiative, each person can figure out their purpose and then with a little word-smithing create a group purpose that reflects everyone. Then you can create the group's values using the same process as your purpose pillars.
And there are many more. They all come from asking "what's my purpose and how can I help myself and others experience more of it?"
Sample Purpose Sessions
If you are stuck, here are three sample sessions I did with complete strangers. You'll see them clarify their purpose word and create their pillars.
As soon as I shift the focus to my purpose, it changes my energy and my attitude, and things fall into place.
Angela Dunz Linkedin Consultant
I never thought I’d be able to tackle such a large concept as life purpose in such little time. This is service is a great opportunity!
Brandon Kirkwood Certified Life Coach
I'm having more fun because I am taking better care of myself and then can better take care of others.
Mike Wolpert Founder, SocialJumpStart.com
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