What will we have after we do this project that we don't have now?
What impact will this project have on the organization if we do it right now?
In my personal life, I like to use my personal Purpose Statement. I use this in many of our leadership interventions and I like to use it as a mantra. It's 3 PM and I have not gotten enough done (my opinion) today. My head is spinning from checking off tasks. It's time to get back on track:
- Move away from the computer and take a few deep breaths.
- Pull your shoulders down, tap your right hand to you left shoulder, left hand to right shoulder a few times.
- Close your eyes (if you're comfortable, it's not necessary) and notice five sounds.
- Notice five things you can see.
- Look inside, and think about five physical things you can feel.
- Repeat your Purpose Statement to yourself while you breath.
Here's how to create a Purpose Statement: simply choose three verbs and a noun and make it into a meaningful sentence that you can easily memorize and repeat as needed. Here is mine:
I ignite, affirm and sustain learning in self and others.
Remember, this is your reason for being on earth. No pressure, right? Of course, since it is yours, you can change it any time you want. Get your team together and do this as a team (the team's Purpose Statement) then help build each other's. I guarantee that the time you invest will create great value.
NOTE: Submit your purpose statement using the form to the right and win fabulous RMA merchandise!