Cracking the Code of Motivation and Purpose – Establish Your Mission in Life

In this issue of the Newsletter we will look at how, having determined your values, you can establish your Mission or Purpose in life at the intersection of your Values, your Skills and the things that bring you Joy.

What is a Mission or Purpose? It is an over-arching direction or objective that unifies your entire life towards a single, unified and passionate accomplishment. While you can achieve a goal, however, you can never fully realise your Mission as long as you are alive, since it is what energises your entire life in a purpose larger than yourself.

Some people believe that one’s Mission is determined before they are born; others believe that their Mission unfolds as they gain greater clarity concerning what their life is really about. Regardless of what you believe, the ideas presented here will help you to establish your Mission and live your life on purpose.

Imagine three partly overlapping circles. The first circle is made up of your Values – those things that are most important to you. The next circle is about the things that give you pleasure, your Joys. While many things which give you pleasure will be important to you, there are some that will not be important enough to be part of your Mission.

Now imagine another circle partly overlapping both the previous ones. There are some things that you are good at but you do not enjoy. There are other things that you are good at but do not value. Then there are those things that you enjoy, and are also good at, and also value. At the intersection of the things that you value, enjoy and are good at, you will discover your Mission.

Draw the three circles and begin to fill them in. Write about the activities that belong to all three circles. Think about how you would set a long-term goal that encapsulates those three elements. Choose one new activity every month from the centre of the three circles and begin to make some time for it. Within a few months you may be surprised to discover how your Mission in life has begun to unfold. See if you can formulate a Mission Statement that expresses your purpose: “My mission in life is to empower people to realise their full potential”.

To really live your Mission it is helpful to set goals that align with it and this we will consider in the next Newsletter.

Till next time, everything of the very best.

Jimmy Kyriacou

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Cracking the Code of Motivation and Purpose – Determining Your Values

In the previous Newsletter we explored the importance of Values and provided a useful way to think about what they are. In a way we might think of Values as the “goals behind our goals” – in other words, what we really want from our goals. In this Newsletter we will explore how to establish your Values.

The first step in determining your Values is to clarify what matters most. You do this by asking yourself “what’s most important to me in life”? Keep asking that question until you have 7+-2 abstract words – i.e. words which do not describe people, places or things, but rather emotive qualities.

For example: if I say that my car is important to me that would not really be a value. Instead I should establish the value by asking “what is important to me about my car?” I may then discover that what is important to me is ‘status’. That would be the value.

After you have established a manageable number of values, the next step will be to determine their definitions. For each value ask yourself “How would I know if that value had been realised? What would I have to see, hear or feel to know that I was living that value?”

The final step would be to then rank your values in order of priority. The way to do that is to take the values two at a time and ask yourself of each pair: “If I had to choose between these two values, and I could only have one, which one would I choose?” Keep doing that for each pair, and then again for the ones you have already done, with each other, until you have them sorted in order from the most to the least important.

In the next issue of the Newsletter we will look at how, having determined your values, you can establish your Mission or Purpose in life at the intersection of your Values, your Skills and the things that bring you Joy. To really live your values it is helpful to set goals that align with them.

Till next time, everything of the very best.

Jimmy Kyriacou

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Cracking the Code of Motivation and Purpose – The Importance of Values

The most important thing you could ever do for yourself in your life is to clarify your values. Values provide a compass and a direction for every moment of our lives.

Values are the standards and guidelines we use to navigate through life but they are far more than that. Everything we do in life is implicitly or explicitly is tested against our values, like our own, very personal ‘anti-virus’ of the mind. When last did you ‘update’ yours?

Your Values hold the key to your motivation – so if you have ever found yourself procrastinating or holding back, your values were probably unclear. In a real sense, there is no such thing as procrastination – only a poor motivation strategy!

Values are the key to happiness because values are the conditions that must be satisfied before we will give ourselves permission to be happy.

It is no accident that both the words e-motion and motivation suggest motives for action. Clarify your values and motivation will be far less of an issue than it may have been until now.

Finally, values are a fundamental building block of your Mission in Life. If you would like to have a sense of purpose in your life, you will find it at the intersection of your Values, your Skills and the things that bring you Joy.

In the next issue of the Newsletter we will look at how you can determine your values.

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