Personal Branding Exercise: Finding your purpose
One of the things I often get asked is about my WHY or my PURPOSE. I never really understood the question to be honest and as I get older, I realise that it’s really that driving force that gets us out of bed in the morning to achieve the dreams or goals that we’ve created for ourselves. Our WHY and leading a PURPOSE drive life is one full of energy, drive and authenticity and even if we feel like we have nothing left to give, it’s that last 1% that enables us to keep going.
I’m a firm believer that as we go through life, our WHY and our PURPOSE can change. When I was a children’s entertainer and educator, my WHY and my PURPOSE was all around empowering young people with the tools to grow them into amazing adults, until the day I literally woke up and it had all changed. I couldn’t do it any more. Now it’s all different and this was one of the tools that helped me. Print this page, give it a try and let me know what you think.
1. LIST 2 OF YOUR UNIQUE PERSONAL QUALITIES, SUCH AS ENTHUSIASM AND CREATIVITY.
2. LIST 1 OR 2 WAYS YOU ENJOY EXPRESSING THOSE QUALITIES WHEN INTERACTING WITH OTHERS, SUCH AS TO SUPPORT AND INSPIRE.
3. ASSUME THE WORLD IS PERFECT RIGHT NOW.
- WHAT DOES THE WORLD LOOK LIKE?
- HOW IS EVERYONE INTERACTING WITH EVERYONE ELSE?
- WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
WRITE YOUR ANSWER AS A STATEMENT, IN THE PRESENT TENSE , DESCRIBING THE ULTIMATE CONDITION, THE PERFECT WORLD AS YOU SEE AND FEEL IT. REMEMBER A PERFECT WORLD IS A FUN PLACE TO BE
EXAMPLE: Everyone is freely expressing their own unique talents. Everyone is working in harmony. Everyone is expressing love.
4. COMBINE THE 3 PRIOR SUBDIVISIONS OF THIS EXERCISE INTO A SINGLE STATEMENT.
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO APPROACHING YOUR PURPOSE. YOU MAY FIND YOU NEED TO RE-WRITE IT SEVERAL TIMES UNTIL IT FEELS RIGHT.
EXAMPLE: My purpose is to use my creativity and enthusiasm to support and inspire others to freely express their talents in a harmonious and loving way.
■ To use my humour, creativity, and knowledge to inspire, uplift, and empower people in recovery to stay sober. (Recovery coach and author)
■ To inspire and empower small business owners to systematize for easier revenue generation. (Small-business consultant and author)
■ To inspire people to have faith in themselves and believe in their natural genius. (Educator)
■ To raise healthy, prosperous children who make a difference in the world. (Full-time homemaker)
■ To create a world in which people are living ecologically sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just lives. (Environmentalist and social activist)
■ To use my vast knowledge of integrative medicine to educate, inspire, and empower people to live longer and healthier lives. (Holistic medical doctor)
■ To live every day to the fullest, and give back as much as possible, while appreciating someone special every day. (Contractor and home builder)
■ To live my life with integrity and compassion while serving others, and to always value the unexpected. (Fireman)
CREATE YOURS HERE:
STAYING ON PURPOSE
ONCE YOU HAVE DETERMINED AND WRITTEN DOWN YOUR LIFE PURPOSE, READ IT EVERY DAY, PREFERABLY IN THE MORNING. IF YOU ARE ARTISTIC OR STRONGLY VISUAL YOU MAY WANT TO DRAW OR PAINT A SYMBOL OR PICTURE THAT REPRESENTS YOUR PURPOSE AND THEN PUT IT SOMEWHERE VISIBLE (on the refrigerator, opposite your desk, near your bed) WHERE YOU WILL SEE IT EVERY DAY. THIS WILL KEEP YOU FOCUSSED ON YOUR PURPOSE.
Please feel free to share on my facebook page any awarenesses that arise or changes happening around you by defining and living your purpose: your experience is the wisdom that someone else just might need…..