So what's your purpose?

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
George Bernard Shaw

I've just been to a leadership retreat and we took quite a while to design our purpose statement. I wrote that I want us "to have faith and take action". This is probably why I work as a business coach and why I write these pearls.

So what about you? What is your bigger yearning? What are you hungry for? Too much boredom and complacency over time creates a "hunger". Although we may not know what we are hungry for, we do notice a yearning for something more. Sometimes, this hunger is for more meaning and maybe a desire to contribute and make a difference in the world.

"Hunger" is a good thing: It means one is awake to the possibility of something more than simply existing. Once a person taps into their deep hunger, action and movement begin to occur because of the desire to "be fed".

Your Purpose is not about fulfilling some personal need or desire. It is not about making more money, about having more possessions, about personal gain in some way.

Purpose is about being "up to something" that is grander then one's self. It is about impacting people, communities, organisations, nature, and/or the world at large (or your immediate world) in some particular way. The bottom line is "it is not about you". I have found that people who are up to something "outside of themselves" do experience a fuller, richer and more satisfying life.