Over the last three weeks we have discussed how finding your purpose can impact your personal life. Today, we expand on that and talk about how finding your purpose can aid you in your business or job.
Whether it’s the beginning of a new year or we’re half way through, you want it to be your best year ever! I’d like to recommend you take some time to really clarify your Purpose and Vision.
Purpose and Organizational Health
The pandemic has taught us a lot about how work can be restructured. There is another idea that the pandemic has made many of us feel. A great many workers didn’t get the luxury to work from home during the pandemic. Whether they were healthcare workers or retail workers, they had to get up each day and drive into a place where their health and safety wasn’t guaranteed. It caused many to start to think that their only point to work was to get home without getting them or their loved ones sick. And if you had to go in for your job, you were probably left feeling bothered by those that got the chance to work from home.
This separation started making workers question what does “work” mean for them and what do they have to get out of it. Many started questioning if there was more they could get out of their jobs. This has caused an increase in trying to find our purpose, in both life and work.
Clear purpose and vision are the keys to giving you a focus and direction. Unfortunately, that’s something that is all too often lacking from small businesses. What you need to do is quite simple, but may tO challenge you if you’ve never taken the step before. Here are a few ideas to help you make this your best year ever.
Finding and Defining Purpose in Work
A clear purpose describes what you are out to accomplish with your business. Have you lost track of your purpose? Do you remember what led you to start or get into your business in the first place?
Three questions to ponder as you seek to re-ignite the purpose in your business:
- What do you really want out of life?
- What do you really not want in your life?
- What would you be willing to give up in order to live the life you want?
Answer these questions honestly and build your business around the life you want to live. Talk about a purpose that would set you on fire.
Creating Your Business Vision
Here’s an idea for creating your vision. Think of the absolute greatest outcome that you can possibly imagine with your business. What services would your dream client come to you for? Build your vision around being ‘the resource’ that works to deliver that.
Examine your values and principles and then determine what you want your business to be in the future. Find your favorite way to relax quietly and let your mind open to dwell in what’s possible.
Imagine yourself in a private movie theater watching a movie of your future self in 10 years. As the movie ends, you notice you’ve been joined by the star of the show. Ask them any question you want about how they got to that place of great success in the movie. What was your future self’s purpose and vision?
This may seem silly to you at first, but if you open your mind up to accept that the visioning process will work, you’ll be amazed at the answers that will emerge.