Clear Confident Leader Weekly Observer, Issue #56
From the Greenbelt of Boise, Idaho, Unseasonably warm
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
– John F. Kennedy
Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.
– Viktor Frankl
Purpose provides activation energy for living.
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The past few months felt tumultuous. Significant sea changes in the world around me, and a series of mishaps and illnesses left me feeling overwhelmed by daily tasks and activities to do.
I was knocked off balance, and struggled to find ground underneath me.
Coming back to what’s my purpose, enabled me to center, ground and re-energize.
Purpose is at the core of what provides intrinsic motivation to human beings. Along with autonomy and mastery, it makes up a powerful source of energy to create a better future for ourselves and those around us.
It’s easy to get knocked off balance by the events of life. Our life-long practice is to return to center and focus on what’s most important now to fulfill our purpose.
Clarifying our purpose is a tricky personal journey. As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says, “the problem is, the purpose of life can become a cover provided to us to serve others.” We each need to find our own purpose in the context of the situation, organizations and communities in which we live and work. (Research shows that organizations that embody a shared purpose have higher engagement and better results than those with a purpose in words only.)
Throughout our lives our purpose evolves to what we choose to create in our context. Some helpful questions are:
- What gives you the greatest joy?
- What strengths and skills do you have now?
- What are you passionate about offering to those around you?
My purpose is assisting people to create better results through the conscious practice of leadership. Let’s create a better future today!