The 6Ps: Finding Your Purpose
This piece is the second part of a series on the “The 6Ps for Profound and Positive Living". You can find all writings on the subject by searching 6Ps in the search bar.
Today, I want to touch on the first principle P1-Purpose, more specifically, how to find and maintain your purpose.
Some of the world’s ‘greatest’ companies (as defined by Jim Collins in ‘Good to Great’) are led by individuals who possessed a great sense of collective purpose for their organization and an immense determination to achieve that purpose.
Inspired by Collin’s work, I challenge myself and my clients to clarify their mighty purpose by asking these three questions:
• What are you most passionate about accomplishing and achieving? • What have life’s experiences, your education, temperament, and talent best equipped you to do better than most? • Where can you have your greatest impact and do your greatest good in this one, precious life?
Of course, it’s easy to get pulled by the winds of life. And many people never (or don’t make enough time to) reflect on WHY they’re doing what they’re doing. But, when one gets clarity regarding the answers to these three questions, I have found it to be an effective path toward illuminating one’s purpose. If one stays true, focused, and persistent toward that center, it can lead you on a path to a life that is impactful, meaningful, and fulfilling. And as Victor Frankl told us in that beautiful book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, “The more one forgets himself - by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love - the more human he is.”
If you had to answer these questions today, how would you respond? Are you surprised by your answers? What changes can you make in your life to work towards that greater purpose?