This is one of those ‘small’ questions that Mark, co-founder and lead executive coach at Form often asks. In all honesty it’s a massive and deep question that we all need help picking through, so we led the cohort through a process to explore how their purpose might be defined refining it into a meaningful and authentic statement.
The point of trying to come up with an answer to such a big question is because a defined purpose helps us identify whether we are on-track (or off-track!) in doing things every day that are aligned with who we really are.
When we understand this, we can analyse the situations we find ourselves in and operate out of a sense of our “true north”… making changes to re-orient ourselves to function intentionally rather than reactively.
Burying the gut feeling that we’re off-track with our purpose can be a short-term fix, but over the long term being off our purpose or – worse – floating with no defined purpose only grows into discomfort, confusion and numbness.
An example of someone’s purpose they gave was… “Making a meaningful contribution wherever I go”. For them, this is broad enough to fuel how they work in any context, and leads them to the specifics of how they take action and make a difference.