This recent post by Robert Steven Kaplan, Professor of Management Practice and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School, identifies two sets of tools for clarifying your passions.
One is to think back to times in your life when you have felt most passionate and alive. These will give you clues about what you most care about.
The second is think forward to questions such as “If you had one year to live, what would you do?”, or “What would you advise your grandchildren to do?”, or “If you had enough money never to need to work again, what would you do?”
The Churning’s inner leadership uses both these approaches.
- Chapter 4 uses a ‘thinking forward’ exercise to define “what would it take for you to have lived a worthwhile life.” This lets you start from wherever you are now, and choose the direction you want to head in.
- Chapters 4 and 6 use a structured sequence of exercises thinking forward and back to identify your purpose and your values. These tell you how you want to travel.
- And Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 together use a series of exercises to create an inspiring vision — a first tangible milestone along your journey.
- Chapter 7 prepares you to set off.
- And then the tools and frameworks of outer leadership are all about implementation.
The Churning as a whole is a two-volume set of structured tools and frameworks not only for finding your passion, but for crystallising that passion into an inspiring goal and giving you the tools to get there.