What is your purpose? Yes, your life purpose but also your purpose right now? How often are we or the people around us doing things with no clear sense of purpose? Does it matter? You bet!
I heard someone having what started as a routine conversation on the phone, when suddenly the energy, passion and commitment burst out of their voice as they established there was an immediate need to support a friend in need. That sudden clarity of purpose made all the difference to their state and it got me thinking about purpose in our daily life.
So I spent a week trying to be mindful of my purpose in everything I did: making a phone call, taking exercise, reading, writing an e-mail, having meetings etc. The difference in approach and outcomes was quite remarkable. Being clear about purpose suddenly made routine tasks more meaningful, clarity of purpose meant more thorough work, better engagement with others and better and quicker results. It also meant that some stuff that I would have maybe drifted through was discarded as I realised it did not serve my immediate or longer term purpose.
It is easy to lose focus and forget why we are doing what we are doing in a world of distractions and interruptions, but being clear about purpose in the moment, will lift energy, passion and commitment. The trick is to sustain it. The clearer the purpose in the moment the greater the levels of engagement and likelihood of success.
So the challenge is to be mindful of purpose for a week.
Ask yourself the question throughout the day – what is my purpose right now? And ask your team the same question – what is their purpose purpose right now?