I have a belief that we are born into this world with gifts to share, and a purpose to fulfil.
Let me explain.
Over our lifetime, we may have multiple jobs and roles. But beneath the titles and actions, there may be a deeper meaning that flows. It is a deep lifestream that nourishes our wairua. Sometimes known as a calling, a purpose, or our Why, it is at the core of our being and is what keeps us doing what we do.
More recently we can be somewhat excused for feeling a little afloat, lost in a sea of uncertainty and an endless “holding-pattern”. It’s during these times that we can lose sight of our purpose. Alternatively, knowing what we don’t want can suddenly make our purpose crystal clear. Sometimes we can bounce between the two spaces.
In her book FlexAbility, Karen Morley states “The clearer you are about your purpose, the clearer you can communicate why you do what you do, your choices and your reasons. When others understand you well, they are more likely to support you and help you to succeed” (p.32).
So how do we get clear on our purpose, and what does it entail?
Discovering our purpose requires that we are anchored, with wings.
We anchor ourselves into our identity (who I am, our whakapapa) and our values (how I live), whilst also being equipped to fly through our aspirations (the difference I make), and goals (what I do/how I get there). When we combine all four elements, we begin to identify our own, or collective purpose.
To support your reflection, consider the following questions:
- What do you care deeply about? Why?
- What are your best skills?
- What matters most to you?
- What is your best possible self?
- How do you want to leave your mark on this world?
- What do the people you admire most do to contribute to the world?
A sentence structure such as the following can support you to bring your ideas together succinctly:
I do (something)…
To (make my difference)…
So that (there’s a better result)…
Some examples of purpose statements include:
I support people to see and develop their ‘gold’, so they can experience purposeful lives that contribute positively to others.
I partner with leaders to support their growth, so they can create learning environments where every child experiences a sense of belonging and success.
I promote a stronger awareness of the value of psychological safety, so everyone can be safe and seen at work.
I raise digital capability in people, so they experience connection despite distance.
I create systems that optimise functionality and productivity, so organisations can focus on their core business.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your purpose statement?
I’d love to hear it! Feel free to share in the comments or email me directly.
Yours with purpose