Welcome to Part 2 of exploring purpose and how it can provide some comfort in the chaos. Part 1 was about your long game. When you have a long game, you have a much better short game. Part 2 is about your short game.
In Part 1 we identified that when you are clear about, and connected to your purpose, you have a firm rudder to guide you through stormy waters. The task helped you to recognise how your core values and beliefs influence what you do and how you behave. And identified that when you have harmony, you ignite your purpose and impact. Said simply:
When what you do and say, aligns with what you believe, you become a powerful force.
Knowing more about your purpose and who you are at your core provides you with some terra firma in the madness. It is an unwavering aspect of who you are and is unchanging even in the face of change and uncertainty.
Part 2: Focus and action in a day-to-day kind of way
In his seminal book Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about the importance of having goals. Having goals means you are going after something in the future that gives more meaning to now. Your future aspirations inform the activities you focus on and progress today. You have purpose.
Many of us have an obsession with pursuing happiness as a goal, which is a bit like chasing rainbows. We have it the wrong way around. The data is in on this one - what you really need to engage with is the happiness of pursuit. When you are engrossed in activities that connect to a preferred future, worries and concerns disappear, at least for a while.
Happiness isn’t a destination. Perhaps it’s better described as a discipline and a journey.
Connecting to purpose moves you Towards Safer Uncertainty. Knowing more about who you are at your core, and that the values within that are unchanging, nourishes your safety and allows you to feel more confident.
Not clear about your bigger purpose or not identified strong goals yet? Don’t worry. You are not alone; most people aren’t crystal clear on what they want and it is a real gift if you do. However, having goals for today, no matter how small, and choosing to make them important is still a useful enterprise. Action beats fear, it’s very difficult to feel anxious when you are busy and engaged.
Let’s do something with it – About Today
What goals could you put in place right now that help guide you through lockdown and add more meaning to today? Here’s some questions that might help:
What’s your plan for today?
What are your goals for the next week?
What 30-day goals could you put in place?
If lockdown was 100 days, what 100-day goals are possible?
What would be a valuable personal victory for you through lockdown?
What habits could you establish or overcome?
What can you do today that takes you a step closer to [bigger goal]?
Now that lockdown is over, what do you wish you had done?
If you’d like to explore your core purpose more fully in a guided one to one session then drop me a line.
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