In times of change everything can seem urgent. But taking the time to get clear on your purpose and values will help you to prioritise your actions, achieve your strategic goals, and also bring you eight more very practical benefits.
Taking the time to uncover your purpose and values will also show you something deeper: it will show you who you are, what ‘success’ means to you, what self-actualisation looks like for you.
To identify your Values, Inner Leadership asks you to remember times when you have felt most alive, in flow, “doing what you are here to do.” The answers you come up with will show you how to feel more alive and in flow, more often, becoming who you are meant to be.
To identify your Purpose, Inner Leadership asks you to identity your best qualities and the ways you most love using them. It also asks you to describe what the world would look like right now, if it were perfect according to you. Combining your answers to these questions will show you your purpose.
If you have carried out the other exercises of Inner Leadership this will help you to find deeper answers to these questions. But you can find ‘quick and dirty’ answers right now, using the exercises here for values and here for purpose.
The rest of Inner Leadership then provides tools that help you find ways to put these purpose and values into practice.
Would you like to feel more alive and in flow in your work, more often? Would you like to spend more time applying your best qualities in the way you most love? Do you think it is worth setting aside a little time to find your purpose and values?
Purpose and values show you what fulfilment and success look like for you. They show you what self-actualisation looks like to you: becoming most fully who you truly are, who you are meant to be. Purpose and values are a recipe for finding out and becoming fully who you truly are.
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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