I started writing this post thinking I should write something interesting, eye-catching – compelling even. Instead I am choosing to share with you the truth, what teaching The Power of Purpose really means to me and what I think is possible from my own experience.
I took The Power of Purpose myself in early 2011 and I went in thinking YES! this is the course for me. I am going to have this one licked. I am really goal orientated, I am determined and I’m achieving – what can this course possibly offer me that I don’t know already? I went in believing I knew how to be purposeful and I’d just have a few extra tools to use to my advantage.
What I learned is that being mindful about purpose isn’t about ticking a list (I do like a ‘to do’ list) or how much I’m getting through in a day. Being on Purpose is about being clear about what I REALLY want, my heartfelt purpose for wanting it and what that really means to me. This empowers me to make discerning choices to stay on track. Even if that’s challenging or doesn’t look like I thought it would. I can always course correct.
My purposes now are mindful, deeper, grounded and held by a strong vision of what difference I want to make in the world – and to myself.
When life throws those (sometimes massive) curve balls, I now have the tools to get off the hamster wheel, stop beating myself up and get back on track. It’s an ongoing daily purpose in itself to be conscious of my purpose and not get distracted by a number of other things that I could be doing instead or things that come my way (ooh look a shiny object!).
You see I grew up believing there was a certain way to be and a particular path to follow to be successful, and I believed I had to survive by playing along. Get a good stable job, get good grades, get a pension – be setup for life etc. The truth is I never wanted that. I wanted more. What I wanted was to have the freedom to find my own path, to put my energy into work that I cared deeply about and that for me would make the difference. And I wanted to empower others to do the same.
So here it is…teaching this course for me is about freedom, reminding myself and teaching others to use the tools that will liberate them from a life of demands. This is the difference I am committed to making in the world. I want more people to know that they can motivate themselves by consciously choosing rather than driving themselves through fear of what they will be or look like if they fail. I want more people to live and go for the life that they are truly capable of and not be limited by their beliefs about themselves, others or life. I want people to know they always, always have a choice.
For me this powerful course is about mindfully raising awareness of what gets in the way of my deepest purposes so I can consciously choose what to do with this information – rather than getting carried along. When I am on purpose in this way I am ‘at cause’ rather than ‘effect’ of what comes my way. I see different possibilities, I get much more creative AND discerning. And very importantly I get to be mindful, improve the quality of my experiences and I’m much more present to enjoy the journey!!! This is such a different perspective to what can happen when I end up ‘just trying to get through’ or driving myself to do more and more, quicker and quicker. When I am in that frame of mind whatever I do isn’t enough.
We all have our own story and the truly amazing things is our story can be a powerful basis for our life purpose. This is what I am learning now. I am looking forward to hearing some of the stories, wants, challenges and visions for those who will be on the journey with me in the next Power of Purpose course.
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