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Note: I originally made this short video as a compliment to the Embody Your Purpose Mini-Course, but then realized it might be nice to share with you just on it's own as well! What's written there on the whiteboard refers to a simple model/framework I utilize in the mini-course, but I think you can get the main message here just fine without it. 🙂
Oh - and what I wrote here below is not exactly what I say in the video above, but rather a summary with some additional thoughts.
Fixating on the WHY and WHAT questions of Purpose can bring you more clarity—or even more confusion...
When something in your life isn't going well or feeling good to you, it's easy and natural to start questioning WHY you're even doing it in the first place.
You start asking yourself "Is this really the right thing for me to be doing? Is this activity/job/mission truly aligned with my deeper purpose in life!? No? Well what should I really be doing then!?"
Before you know it, you find yourself (re)questioning everything (again)—feeling the conviction, focus and energy drain straight out of your bodymind. And then very little good work gets done that day, and/or what does happen feels unrewarding and inconsequential.
Now, I'm NOT saying that asking the deeper WHY-should-I-do-WHAT questions are not important—they are crucial! But if we don't want to become paralyzed by them, it's KEY we keep feeling into when to ask them intently and when to let them be more ongoing, emergent spaces of inquiry... (To "live into the questions", as Rilke so eloquently put it.)
But there's another crucial aspect of living a purpose-aligned and deeply satisfying life that so often goes often under-appreciated.
And, in my experience of working with many coaching clients on embodying their purpose more fully, this one is very often the key that gets everything flowing in the right direction again...