Clients often grapple with uncertainty about personal purpose. Part of the uncertainty comes from the purpose reveals itself. It’s not always clear, and may require a tightened focus. It can evolve over time and be cloaked in an “a ha” moment. Sometimes our purpose is set before us and we don’t see it. Also, we must be ready to receive the message!
An exercise I share with clients is to listen to what others say about them, positive and negative! How do people describe you? How do you self describe? For example, my experience revealed clients called me a synthesizer, because I was able to take a complicated idea and distill the message down.
- Make a list and see if the words cluster into similar meanings.
- Make a list of adjectives.
- How would you like to be perceived?
- Today, what is the first step you can take to feel purposeful? Thought into action is the key. A thought without action is wishful thinking.
- Capture all this information in a journal. Continue to refer to it and add to it.