Discovering Your Own Beacon
We humans were not designed to sit back and be idle.  We are wired to push ourselves to do things of great significance.  Steve Jobs made this point in a commencement speech he delivered at Stanford in 2005:

     You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.  

Goals are what will give you direction as you encounter the fog and darkness that is so much a part of life.  Catalyzing statements are what will provide you motivation and fuel as you pursue your beacon in the fog.

To help you identify your beacons in the fog and your attendant catalyzing statements, I want you to complete the following model that Garrett Gunderson has developed (and which I use with his permission).  As you work through it, you will find those goals that are unique to you and that will motivate you in ways you might have thought impossible.

Soul Purpose Finder

Going with your first impressions, brainstorm several answers for each of the following questions. (You will find that you will end up listing the same situations and/or activities for multiple questions.)

1. I’m happiest when . . .

2. I’m most creative when . . .

3. What does an ideal life look like for me?

4. What activities make me excited to get up in the morning?

5. The things I am most passionate about in life are . . .

6. When do I feel that I am living my purpose?

7. What hobbies/interests do I have that could potentially cross over as income?

8. What talents/attributes do I regularly get complimented on?

9. What talents or activities that I enjoy am I currently being paid for?

10. What areas/activities did I excel in during the past, such as in my childhood/teenage/college years?

Soul Purpose Finder, Part 2

Now review your answers while looking for trends and similarities. Evaluate which talents, passions, activities, and/or interests appeared more than once, and then circle those things. You will then take those and enter them on the spokes of your Soul Purpose Wheel. A wheel signifies motion, and that’s exactly what you want to do with the components of your Soul Purpose; you want to put them in motion. Check out my book for more information on the Soul Purpose Wheel.

The Soul Purpose Stairway
This model is intended to help you identify, simplify and evaluate how to get on target! Elevate your Soul Purpose.

1. Implementation What one thing will you do immediately to start cultivating your Soul Purpose?

2. Value Creation If you could only do one thing to earn an income what would it be?

3. Crossover What one thing that you enjoy personally could also benefit you professionally?

4. Relationships Is there one relationship/situation in your life that drains your energy that could be immediately addressed, corrected, or eliminated?

5. Awareness If you could make only one improvement that would make a big difference in your life what would it be?