What is your purpose?
Like my clients, it may be…
- making a difference in the lives or careers of your employees, students, patients, or clients
- supporting the environment, diversity & inclusion, health, art, architecture, children’s education, girls and women’s empowerment, real estate, or anything else.
But have you considered that…
- being an amazing spouse, a good parent, or grandparent that leaves a legacy in your children and grandchildren’s life,
- or bringing happiness and joy to your circle of friends and family
could also be part of your purpose?
What if BOTH categories were an integral part of your purpose or “sacred work” as my colleague Beverley Barnes calls it?
Your purpose–what brings meaning to your life–, can take many forms. And some of its forms are all too often ignored.
For many of my clients, whatever their gender identity is, being a good parent or a good partner, is as important to them as making a difference in the world with their work.
It’s why, when I help them clarify their purpose in my Land the Career You Love coaching program, we look at the holistic picture to ensure we integrate it all.
Career and purpose coaching need to be holistic to make a true difference in people’s lives and ensure fulfillment at ALL levels, not just at the professional level disconnected from the rest.
It is also the reason why in the past eight months, I have been quieter and not sharing as much. I’ve been putting attention to another important part of my purpose and sacred work while continuing to serve my 1:1 clients.
As you probably know, a BIG part of my purpose is to help high-achieving leaders discover the work that reignites their passion and makes a difference.
Well, I recently realized that there is another part of my purpose that is as important. This is being an amazing partner and deepening the relationships with my loved ones.
I had always known it was important to me, but I had never considered it part of my purpose. So, I would spend a lot of time on this part of my life, but I would dismiss it as outside the scope of my purpose or my “work.” I would feel some kind of guilt that I would spend so much time on it at the expense of what is supposed to be “real work and purpose in the world.”
In the past few months, I realized that being an amazing partner is an integral part of my purpose and calling. It is not outside of it. It is IT. When I spend time and energy on it, I’m actually living my purpose and doing my sacred work in the world.
- Do you know what are the components of your purpose and your “sacred work’?
- Do you dismiss anything that does not look like what society tells you should be “work” or “purpose”?
- Do you hold a holistic view of your purpose?
I’d love to hear your insights. Comment below and let me know.