Your ability to reach out into the world is in direct proportion to how effectively you reach within.
Purpose – leveraging who you are – becomes the structure for the sustainability of your full reach. The clarity of purpose can help us see busyness for what it really is; a distraction.
I first met her when attending a regional conference as a breakout presenter. Brenda was the keynote speaker during the lunch gathering. She was engaging, humorous and energetic in giving the best presentation I had ever heard on diversity – and she never even said the word.
Brenda had started her inspirational speaking career after leading an organization for twenty years. She was now out of the day-to-day routine of a ‘job’ and free to do her own thing. In our work together she consistently beat herself up about a need to be more organized; to end the suffering caused by her self-diagnosed procrastination. In my work I’ve learned when someone so readily prescribes these labels to oneself, there is a deeper issue. A lack of organization and the presence of perceived procrastination are only symptoms.
One particular day brought the conversation that would either move Brenda forward in purpose or send her back into the false-confidence of busyness. As if afraid of my reaction, she looked somewhat past me and said, “I think I might need to go back to a regular job with a regular schedule.” I let that statement hang out there a bit and then said, “Let me ask you a question. In your previous role, how many meetings did you attend?” She said, “I was in meetings all the time.” I continued, “And how many times were those meetings effective and valuable for what you wanted to accomplish?” She held up a big goose egg gesture and said, “Almost none.” I couldn’t contain myself as I asked with some added volume, “And that gave you purpose?” Hanging her head like a child caught in the act of a no-no, she said, “No!”
There is not space here to describe the impact the world enjoys as Brenda lives her purpose while acting on her values and allowing her voice to flow. Her ability to reach authentically into the world is in direct proportion to her willingness to reach within and embrace what she finds. Brenda quickly learned that the topics of procrastination and being more organized were not the barriers she originally thought they were once seen in the clarifying light of purpose.
Purpose becomes a motivation as you embrace and leverage who you are and make choices in light of your authenticity.
Purpose is a commitment to self – an internal commitment leading to a selfless manifestation of your leadership and influence. The core of your purpose is to flow – to be you in a way that amplifies your values and voice in this world.