What are you waiting for? There’s a big life out there waiting to happen! You are a successful leader or other chief decision-maker, and many wish they could be you – yet you are feeling a bit of longing and restlessness. You thought you had it all figured out – but it doesn’t feel quite right, anymore.
Is your life purpose nudging you?
A popular thought about life purpose is that it is a particular career, or a role that we are destined to play. This is not the case, and many find themselves at career mid-point feeling lost and a sense of frustration. They experience higher stress, sometimes burnout, and feeling a life unlived… Sounds serious, I know – and it is! I am sometimes called to coach professionals who find they suffer from an identity crisis because they are not grounded in who they are and are misaligned with their sense of purpose.
Your life purpose is bigger than a role – it is the larger reason you are here. It is a theme, a continuous thread throughout your life, the great challenge you keep returning to address, no matter what role you play at the moment. When you are aligned with your life purpose, you feel alive, aligned, and energized. You feel you contribute meaningfully with your unique gifts and strengths as you make a significant change-making ripple in life’s pond. Words like full, overflowing, joy, meaning all come to mind as you go throughout your days.
What is your life purpose?
Life Purpose Exercise:
Sit in a quiet place and take a few relaxing breaths. Let all the tension go out of your body and take a few more relaxing breaths.
Now, imagine you are looking at your tombstone (a bit serious, I know!). Here lies ____: a person who _____. Fill in the blanks. This is a single sentence that should capture the essence of your life, that sums up the core of what you were here to do. Don’t worry if it isn’t true of you, yet – this should reflect the ideal for you.
What next step do you need to take in order to live that life of purpose?
Patti Cotton helps executives optimize their effectiveness in leading self, others, and the enterprise. Her areas of focus include confidence, leadership style, executive presence, effective communication, succession planning, and masterful execution. With over 25 years of leadership experience, both stateside and abroad, Patti works with individuals, teams, and organizations across industries, providing executive consulting, leadership development, succession planning, change management, and conflict resolution. She is also an experienced Fortune 500 speaker. For more information on how Patti Cotton can help you and your organization, click here.