You are a purpose-driven professional. And you have a big vision.
But life and work don’t feel congruent. In fact, things are hard.
Is being purpose-driven overrated?
You may not know how to use your values to guide your purpose. Here are three reasons why this might be happening:
1. You don’t know your values.
You have set your vision and your “why,” but you haven’t identified your core values – the GPS by which you will guide your purpose. Without this, your efforts can become misaligned. If you haven’t done this yet, click here for the exercise I use with my private clients.
2. Your values are in conflict with each other, and you don’t know how to reconcile this.
When values conflict, this means your priorities are competing with each other. This means sitting down and writing out what is important to you, and making some tough decisions. As they say, you can have it all – just not all at once.
3. You aren’t using your values to fuel your purpose.
You’ve gotten busy, and let distractions take over. You’ve neglected to check in regularly on all areas of your life to see if your priorities align with your values. Don’t feel guilty – get going. Start today.
Where in your life do you need to realign? What is your first step?
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.