Life is filled with possibilities. But they only become real when you can see and access them. What is shaping your perspective – your vision for your life? If you aren’t seeing through the lens of your purpose, then you are sure to have blind spots. Everyone is born with a unique, life-affirming purpose that fills you with the ability to give and get meaning and joy every day; discovering and clearly defining it expands your vision from merely seeing shades of gray to being in awe of the full-color landscape of life and detects areas to focus your consistent growth and curiosity.
Purpose illuminates opportunities. Being in tune with what makes you motivated and eager propels you forward to reach your goals, even though frustrating setbacks and ambiguous gray zones. Your unique purpose, which shapes your unique way of experiencing life, is derived from the innate parts of your personality, values, motivations, and other natural components that, when combined, the light you up on the inside and shine a light on your most fulfilling path forward. When you tune in to your purpose and activate it daily, you gain confidence and clarity about how to move forward in your relationships, career, and goals for the future.
Many of us tend to get stuck in worry and miss opportunities. Life is lived daily, decision by decision – purpose helps you assess and manage those micro-decisions that lead to visible progress. It’s these baby steps that eventually stretch a yard and then expand to a mile and beyond. Of course, you have goals and dreams. It’s important to figure out what is holding you back from starting or continuing to raise the bar you set for yourself. Being purposeless, i.e., not knowing you’re ‘why’ – can put you in a state where you are easily distracted, unfocused, unmotivated, and even hopeless.
On the other hand, understanding your purpose compels you to rise beyond limiting beliefs. Studies show that employees who can link their purpose to their job are more engaged at work, less likely to quit, and less likely to report burnout. They are more collaborative and productive and enjoy their work much more! The purpose is our reason to rise in life and work!
Anna Hall has been an advocate for discovering and activating purpose in life for over 20 years. She helps people leverage their sense of purpose to manage milestone life transitions, like going to college, choosing a major, navigating career choices and changes, preparing for retirement, and activating purpose throughout retirement. The evidence-informed framework she uses to help people of all ages define and honor their unique purpose is called the purpose equation. She offers the Purpose Equation® service as a one-to-one journey of discovery with a Certified Purpose Discovery Guide and through group cohorts that leverage peer support. The experiences are uplifting and generate insights. They include a precisely orchestrated exploration of values, innate strengths, personality traits, and joy. The unique equation then serves as a roadmap for living life in alignment with your unique purpose.
The equation provides clarity by building an understanding of all the powerful, positive, natural pieces of each person that they can activate daily to experience life as an adventure that feels energizing and grounded in authenticity. People who have discovered their PurposeEQ report feeling relieved about who they are in their natural state.
They feel they are enough. They have a sense of excitement about tomorrow and clarity about the next step on life’s winding path. They move from being confused to feeling affirmed. They no longer question their worth and feel empowered. They transition from wondering, ‘why am I here, to knowing their ‘why’ and how to give and get purpose out of mundane moments and apply it to critical decision points. Want to update your vision and see more opportunities to shine and feel good about the next steps in life, even as the path twists and turns? Then figure out your purpose. It is the most powerful internal compass and motivator known to humankind.
For more information on defining your purpose to rise to life’s opportunities, you can connect to Anna Hall on her website here. You can also join Anna’s Purpose Equation member community to access consistent guidance and support to hone and evolve your purpose among a diverse community of people who believe in the power of purpose to illuminate life and all it has to offer us.