A Retreat with Purpose…On Purpose

by jon on January 27, 2013

Recently I wanted some more clarity around what I am all about. I mean why do I do the work I do…what am I drawn to…what gets me up in the morning, etc. So I set out to define my own personal purpose. And it started with a personal retreat.

I work with a lot of organizations that take time to pause and go into retreat to get aligned around their purpose (mission), vision and values. Yet, I had never done this myself. So I spent an entire afternoon working on this exercise a few weeks ago. As the philosopher J. Krishnamurti once said, “It is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating them like machines. You would then let fresh air into your mind. Wouldn’t you?”

I got some fresh air into looking at what I am doing with my life and my career. After many iterations and lots of reworking I came up with the following purpose:

“To help people embrace and expand their best and most authentic self.”

It took a long time to get this to really feel right for me. But when I finally read this one several times, it all just clicked. I try to read and remember it every day so it guides my actions. I even noticed myself creeping away from really living this recently and the statement alone helped pull me back in. And the best part for me was that I realized my personal purpose was completely aligned with what I do at The Center for Intentional Leadership. I am in the right place.

I highly recommend writing one for yourself if you feel compelled. I did this along with coming up with my personal vision and values. I will share those in a future post as well.

So what makes you get up and the morning? What gets the blood flowing? What makes one plus one more than two for you?

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Peter Lowry January 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

Love it Jono – both the post and the statement of purpose!

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