“Happy people have two things in common, they know exactly what they want and they feel that they are moving toward getting it. This is what makes life feel good: when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love.” Barbara Sher
Rick Warren opens his book The Purpose Driven Life with a simple question “What on earth am I here for?” Do you have an inkling of the answer to that question for your life and your work? What do you love? Who do you love? Do you have a plan for how you will achieve the answers to these questions? Sadly, over the years I have worked with too many folks who don’t have answers to these questions; and as a result, they never seem able to reach their full potential personally or professionally. They simply don’t seem to have a plan, or as my daughter says sometimes, a clue, as to how reach the answers.
Having a plan, a purpose, a mission in life makes the journey as Helen Keller once said, “A wonderful adventure and glorious celebration.” On the other hand, she admonished, “Without that plan that journey will amount to nothing at all!”
So then what is your plan? Do you have a vision for the future? That vision should be a vision on steroids! Think big, you deserve the best, shoot for it. That vision of the future, if it is truly what you want will be the driving force for your actions. It will define your mission, your blueprint, on how to achieve that vision. Your mission will include: Who will help you achieve your vision? Who, besides yourself, will be served? The mission will also outline what you specifically intend to do and, even more specifically, state how you intend to do it.
What I often find in my work with clients is that even though they can identify their respective vision and mission blueprint those two documents are out of alignment with their core values. Ask yourself as you define your purpose, “What are your core values? What values drive your behavior on a day in day out basis?” These are the values you would sacrifice for; they are not the flavor of the day; they should number no more than five to eight. Too many core values, in my experience, equate to no values at all.
So there you have it. I have tried to give you the direction to create a mindset that will help you answer the question – “What is your personal and professional purpose in life?” I guarantee that when you know the answer to the questions I posed at the beginning of this blog you will find life much, much more meaningful, fulfilling and satisfying. You will make a difference and leave a legacy.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” Laurence Peter