What is purpose and how do you discover and embody it?
FIVE KEY FRAMEWORKS
THE 4 TRUTHS OF HIGHER PURPOSE
The Four Truths of Higher Purpose is a framework to illuminate how awaken and embody one's higher purpose. For more on Truth #1, see the The Purpose Tree below. For more on Truth #2, check out scientific benefits of purpose. For more on Truth #3, check out The Stages of Purpose below. For more on Truth #4, check out The Four Phases of Purpose Discovery and Obstacles to Higher Purpose below.
THE PURPOSE TREE
The second framework is The Purpose Tree, which offers a high-resolution understanding of the ten aspects your higher purpose. A high-resolution understanding of your purpose grants you the clarity and confidence to take bold action and be fully self-expressed. The foundation of your purpose is the tree’s root structure, containing the immovable, ever-present, unseen elements of your purpose, your deepest sense of identity as an individual (core and virtues). As the tree ventures upwards and the branches venture outwards, you increasingly express your purpose, answering your call and vision and focus your actions towards a desired impact (powers, craft and mission). These are the unique ways your purpose interacts with, contributes to, enjoys and is rewarded by the world. All of these sit within your narrative of life (story) and your understanding of how the world works (worldview).
The 10 Aspects of the Purpose Tree
THE STAGES OF PURPOSE DEVELOPMENT
The third framework is "The Stages of Purpose Development", which explores the four types of relationships people have with their life's purpose, from having no relationship to your purpose (Stage 1 ), to simply declaring one (Stage 2 - High-Achievers), to having a higher purpose, (Stage 3 - Purpose-driven Leaders) to fully embodying your higher purpose (Stage 4 - Industry Leaders). My work focuses on helping folks move from stages 1 and 2 into stages 3 and 4.
THE FOUR PHASES OF PURPOSE DISCOVERY
The fourth framework is The Purpose Discovery Journey. It moves through four phase, where one moves more deeply into their life's purpose, gain tools to overcome resistance to living it, gain the clarity and courage to take bold action in leading with it and leave the program having completed a project that expresses your life's purpose.
OBSTACLES TO HIGHER PURPOSE
The fifth framework illuminates why it's often hard to hear and act upon your higher purpose - you have an ego that just wants you to be happy and safe and largely silences your highest self, the keeper of your purpose. Tim Kelley's 2009 book, True Purpose, best illuminates this dynamic and offers pathway to overcoming internal resistance to hearing and acting upon your higher purpose. Below is a visualization of these inner voices / ego parts and their relationship to your purpose.