Nick Craig is the author of Leading from Purpose: Clarity and the Confidence to Act When It Matters Most and the President of the Core Leadership Institute, a leadership consulting firm committed to creating leaders and organizations with a deeper purpose and the courage to transform their business impact.
In finding and connecting to your purpose, it’s best to start by stepping back into the stories of your life that are most connected to purpose.
Consider those magical childhood moments; the little stories or vignettes when something magical happened in front of us that changed our perception. Each of those stories has significant meaning for us because they helped shape the lens through which we view the world.
Also reflect on your most challenging life experiences. How is it you got through the most trying times? What was your way of surviving the journey?
We’ve talked about it on the show before, but the stories that we choose to define us and the stories that we tell about ourselves have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and how we show up in the world.
I think one of the most powerful exercises anyone can do is reflecting on these Impact Moments in your life and then plotting them out on a timeline – recognize the choices that you made, how you responded or reacted to different experiences, and bring awareness to the choices so that you can alter your trajectory going forward.
Just finding and understanding your purpose isn’t the end of this journey, though – if you truly want to lead with purpose, you have to be willing to fully own your purpose and live it in every action you take.
And following your purpose doesn’t always make you happier, at least not right away. It’s fulfilling, for sure, but it’s not necessarily a quick way to solve all of life’s problems. “Purpose is the most helpful to us when we’re not good at it, the world doesn’t want us to do it, we struggle with why we’re doing this, but we’ve got to do it anyway,” Nick says. “That’s purpose.”
Truly, you spend most of your time along this journey realizing that you’re not leading from your purpose – but the act of knowing it is the act of stepping back into it.
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