“Having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life.”-‐Tom Thiss
My very first declared major in college was graphic design. Ya, I know, who would have thought, right? Although I loved to draw and had a passion for art I quickly changed majors the day after I viewed one of my classmates' art work and then disparingly looked back at mine. Talk about a wake up call! I quickly realized I'd better get a new and different major if I ever hoped to eat after college!
Have you ever had a wake up call like this?
This week, for your 3rd step in uncovering your "Why" I want to encourage you to do some of your own "art work". I'd like to have you get out a piece of paper and draw three mountain peaks (don't worry it won't be graded! :) Next, I'd like to have you write on each peak the name of someone you admire or who has influenced you, and underneath each name write down the values that you admire in them. Ask yourself;
1. Who are the people who "I look up to" who have influenced
my career and work life the most?
2. Who would I place on top of my mountain peaks?
3. What values do I admire? Which of these values are the most
meaningful to me?
4. Circle the values you have been most committed to
throughout your career and life.
As a child, I dreamed of being an artist. I didn't know why-I just enjoyed drawing. There were many people that fed into my interest and love of art. What I didn't realize, as a budding artist, it wasn't art as much as the value of being "creative" that fed my heart and soul. It was in the act of creating something meaningful that made me come alive. How about you? What makes you come alive? What are the values, traits and attributes you admire in others that you'd like to build in your own life? I’ve always loved to be creative and design or make something new and have found a way to do this with writing, speaking and or creating health and fitness programs. How about you? Who are the people who have influenced your career and work life? Who do you look up to? Whom would you place on the peaks before you?
Now, encourage yourself to look for recurring values in the people who influenced you. Explore the key values of the various people who had contributed significantly to your work life. Which of these values are the most positive, the most meaningful to you? To which of these values have you been most committed over the course of your career or work life?
Doing work that you’re good at, but which you loathe, is not a pathway to fulfilment. That said, knowing your greatest strengths and where you can add the most value—through the application of your education, skills, knowledge and experience—can help you focus on the opportunities, roles and career paths where you are most likely to succeed and therefore find the greatest sense of accomplishment and contribution.
So this week, think about the people, the mentors, the teachers, the individuals who have had the greatest influence on your career and work life. What was it about these individuals that you so admire? Taking the time to do a little "art work" this week will help you come that much closer to determining your "why".
Looking forward to hearing about and seeing your "picture of purpose" this week! (Please post your pic here on our Facebook page-so we all can see your art work :) and what you value most!)
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I wanted to share with you something very important that is happening this week. We are starting a MOVEMENT and I'd really love to have you join us!
Wellness Councils of America and I are challenging companies and individuals all over the U.S. to Get On The Move! I won't go into all the details here-but want to encourage you to go to http://onthemove.welcoa.org/ to:
1. View the On the Move Video-You are gonna love this video! If you agree with the video then...
2. Make a pledge to Move more and Sit Less (Our goal this year is to get 100,000 pledges-we already have almost 10,000 pledges right now!)
3. Join us for our National "Call to Action" Free Webinar, this Wednesday August 19th, from 12:00-1:00 PST. The president of WELCOA, Ryan Picarella, Sara Rauch and I will be sharing with you 4 Ways to "Move the World!" You can register for the Free Webinar on the same site; http://onthemove.welcoa.org/
Are you ready to Move the world?It's time we stop just promoting exercise and start a MOVEMENT instead!I can't wait to share with you this Wednesday! Hope you can join us!
Coach Sean ...
View on Facebook I took the pledge.
If you could do one thing right now to move your happiness, health, purpose, dreams… would you do it?
"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." Mark Twain
"What's your why?" This question came back to visit me once again while listening to my twenty something godson who had recently lost his motivation. As we talked, I saw in him a younger version of myself. I kept hearing the question ringing in my ears. "What's your why?"
If you've been reading my blogs for a bit, you know this is a subject I am very passionate about.
You see, it was not too long ago that I wrestled with the very same question. I was about his age and my dreams had faded with my football career coming to an end. For so long my "why" was hours and hours of training, striving, pushing towards an ultimate goal. Once it was gone, my purpose, my passion and my plan melted before my eyes. I found myself floundering like a fish out of water.
I had lost my "why" and ultimately lost my "way".
Maybe you can relate too. Are you struggling to find your passion, your purpose and your why? Oh, it may not be an "existential crisis" like the one I was experiencing. It just may be your "why" to eat healthy. Or your "why" to exercise. Or your "why" to work. Regardless, I've realized over all these years that finding your "why" can dramatically impact your motivation, your behavior, your habits and ultimately your life.
Now, I'll be honest. Finding your "why" isn't easy work. In fact, it's very challenging. But, like I told my godson and as I figured out. It is well worth the effort.
So I thought over the next few Win Today emails we'd spend our time looking at five steps you can take to find your "why". Five steps to help find your purpose, your passion, your mission and your reason for doing what you do.
So this week, here's your first step:
Look Behind You
Take a deep breath. Picture yourself lying in the soft green grass on a warm sunny day under the shade of a tree. You’re 8 or 9 years old. What are you dreaming of? Now open your eyes and answer these 3 questions:
When you were a child, what did you most enjoy doing?
What did you day dream about?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I'd encourage you to write your answers down in a notebook or journal, as there will be more exercises like this to come and you’ll want to look back at all of your answers as the weeks go on.
As my friends at Voom shared in a recent blog, "Childhood is a magical time, a time when anything seems possible. So looking at your 9 year old self what do you see? We’re all made up of the dreams we had as children, and understanding those dreams will help you understand yourself."
Looking at your childhood is the first step in the journey of finding your buried treasure-your why.
Spend the week remembering your childhood and reminiscing with family and friends.
Here's wishing you a meaningful day and week! Can't wait to share with you next time!
P.S. Shoot me a note on here on Facebook and let me know what you found out about yourself under the tree-what did you want to be when you grew up? ...
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Sean Foy is an exercise physiologist, behavioral coach and coauthor of the New York Times #1 best-seller The Daniel Plan.