Over the past several months, I’ve had conversations with friends and colleagues who – like me – are redefining their work and their purpose in life.  The magic of discovery.  
 
With this in mind, I’m sharing a more prescriptive blog this week.  I welcome your comments and future conversations. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me. The feedback I receive from you and from my continued coaching conversations will certainly inform future blogs and workshops.  So – please join the conversation.
 

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No matter what your role is in life, you have the opportunity to live a higher purpose.  Your purpose isn’t what you do every day – it’s how you show up.
 
So…drumroll please.  What is your higher purpose?  
 
To find the answer to that big question, we need to start with self-reflections.  For those of you who bristle at the very idea of self-reflection – grab hold of some courage. If this is important to you, and if you’re interested in finding your way to purpose, then you’re gonna be uncomfortable for a while.  Hang in there.  I promise it will be worth it.
 
And remember…this is a process.  Don’t assume your first answer is the best answer.  Sometimes we skate across the surface and take the first thing that comes to mind.  Because it’s easier.  However, authentic purpose is often deeper than that first thought.  So, sit with it.  And continually ask yourself these questions, as well as the many others that will eventually surface.
 

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By the way – my purpose? It’s still being fine-tuned.  To-date, here it is.  To bring possibilities to life by coaching people to begin again as they find and voice their true life stories.
If you’re interested in reading about a corporation that sought its purpose, there’s a new article in the Harvard Business Review, written by Robert E Quinn and Anjan V. Thakor.  Entitled Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization, you will see  the business world re-animating its commitment to the value of purpose, empathy and a long term (long-termism) approach to life and work.   
 
The link to the HBR article:  https://hbr.org/2018/07/creating-a-purpose-driven-organization
 

One Response

  1. Thanks Michelle. If you want to walk on water, you got to get out of the boat! Getting out of the boat means “showing up” ! Showing up means helping out at a homeless shelter! Holding a dying persons hand! But you gotta get out of the boat! Brian H.

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