I spent many years chasing success. It wasn’t until recent years that I discovered that fulfillment is what I really wanted. Don’t get me wrong, success is important. It has allowed me to advance my career and provide for my family. A number of years ago, I started to notice that each time I achieved a goal, I found myself feeling like something was missing. One of the last BIG achievements left me wondering if I was depressed because I should have been happy but felt like something was still missing. It forced me to ask some basic questions like, "What is my purpose?" and "What am I suppose to do with that purpose?" Simple questions, but difficult to answer (at least for me).
What I found after a couple of years of discovery and some serious reflection is that understanding my own purpose was what was missing. I was going through the motions of life chasing success not knowing why I was chasing what I was chasing. I was like a man without a country. So my own discovery of purpose allows me to show up to life with clarity and simplicity. I discovered that I am uniquely wired to inspire and coach individuals to be intentional about the most important aspects of life so that they can live with no regrets (this is my purpose statement). Knowing this allows me to show up and be me. It does not matter what or how I do what I do. It matters why I do what I do. So, my wish for you is that you discover your purpose so that life makes more sense and has more purpose. Here is a site that will allow you to discover your purpose!
One of the exercises Chip shared was to write your eulogy. To keep it a little lighter than this, how about a retirement speech? Better yet, what would you want other people to say at your retirement speech about your leadership? What would your accomplishments be? What would mean the most to you? What would you like others to say about you?