“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain What a powerful quote. But what does it really mean?
And more importantly, what does it really mean TO YOU?
Some people already know — they're sure about their purpose. There are also some people who have a good idea, but they aren't 100% sure about why they're on this earth.
And then there are people who don't know. Why is that?
- They don't want to know. When they get close to learning their true purpose — they step back and shy away.
- They go through life without a purpose. They don't realize the magic of having a purpose and the power it brings.
- They vacillate from one purpose to another. This isn't a bad thing — but in the end it probably causes internal and external confusion of purpose.
So the big question is — How do you figure out your life's purpose? I have some strategies:
- Sit down and think, meditate and reflect.
- Review where you've been, what you've done, and who you've impacted/influenced so far.
- Review what things/people/activities energize you (and what ones enervate you).
- Start to finely focus your lens and cull down your choices to a few.
- Then step back and look at the whole picture.
- Finally, make a clear decision, understand what your purpose is, and move forward.
Years ago, two powerful things happened which helped me fully understand my purpose in life.
First, one of my best friends from college, Dave Taylor, recommended a book to me — Tuesdays With Morrie. I can't tell you how much this book changed my life and outlook on the world. If you haven't read it — READ IT. If you have — READ IT AGAIN.
It allowed me to briefly step off the corporate rat race mentally and better understand what are the really important things in life.
Second, I hired Karen Gregaitis, my Dale Carnegie trainer and coach to help me excel and cope with my erratic corporate leadership role. She recommended I take an assessment call Tru-Values (a tool I use with many of my clients) which allowed me to better understand the value drivers in my life.
To this day, I focus on my four values - Encourage, Energize, Enlighten & Have Fun. Wonder why I coach, write, and speak?
I'm doing what I love. ARE YOU?
P.S. If you would like to learn more about the Tru-Values assessment, let's connect.