A Passionate Pursuit of Purpose - Part 2 of 2
We talked in the previous article about emotion, passion, and how to discover it. Now we are going to look at two more “P’s.” The second P (after passion) is pursuit.
Pursuit is defined as the action of following someone or something. The key word here is action! When you've discovered a passion, it's important that you take action because if you're not taking action, you can find yourself in either of three dangerous states…
The first state is one of “static frustration.” I have written an article on this topic before entitled “Frustrated? Check Your Lens.” Static frustration is when you don't know what you should be doing and you're frustrated.
Have you ever been there? I know I have! Not in a totally negative sense, but it's really a frustration based on “ignorance.” We use that word so much now in a negative context, but it does not have to be. Ignorance just indicates that you don’t know what you should be doing. That can be by a conscious decision or just a condition by default.
Again, we’ve all likely been there before - not knowing what to do. That is perfectly okay. The goal is to not end there! In fact, from a state of static frustration you should say to yourself, "Maybe I should give more thought to what I should be doing?”
Then you might get into “passive frustration,” where you have identified what it is that you should be doing, but for whatever reason, you’re not doing it. It’s when you are essentially accepting or allowing what happens to just happen. Que sera sera, whatever will be will be. It's taking no action.
This is where [insert shameless plug] coaching comes in. A coach is there to help you, not necessarily give you all the information and all the strategies you need, but to help you be motivated to do the thing that you said you're passionate about.
The last state is one of active frustration. I think this one is probably the most difficult frustration to deal with. Why? It’s because active frustration means that you're taking action, but you're not getting the results that you expected or the results that you want. Frustrating!
This can result from a number of conditions. It can result from your actions not being totally in alignment with your goal; or It could even come from your goal not being totally clear.
A couple of quick tips, if you're taking notes, that I would give if you're in a season of active frustration. The first thing is to check your lens. Check the way that you're looking at things; your perspective. Sometimes we set lofty goals; we go after them and maybe get get some progress. We aim for the moon and we land amongst the stars, but we're often still frustrated.
A lot of people who are in coaching, they may have these high level goals and then they're not reaching those metrics. My approach is a little bit different. I want to make sure that your activities are lining up with your goal. It’s not necessarily the case that you're hitting the goal perfectly every time, but at least you're moving in the right direction. What happens if you don't hit the goal and you're actively working towards it? Active frustration. That’s why you have to change your lens and focus on the activity, not just the result.
Second thing is evaluate your actions to make sure that your roadmap is actually in line with where you're trying to go. I do something called GPS, it stands for Goals, Priorities and Strategies, and this helps with the alignment of your goals and actions. If you have a GPS in your car or on your cell phone, to use it properly you input two important pieces of information:
your current location; and
the destination (where you want to go).
As a result, you get a list or map of all the relevant exits, turns and roadways to get you to your destination.
Another piece of wisdom that I share with people I coach is that when you're driving, even with your GPS on; you may have the most beautiful plan laid out… (some of you may still use MapQuest, and it is actually printed out). Well, what happens when you see those orange cones in the road and the construction crew working? You’ve got to sometimes take a detour: and that's okay! That's a part of life; that's a part of the journey. Detours are okay. Traffic jams, roadblocks, delays, these are all a part of the process.
When you're working in your business or even in your family, in any area of your life, it's okay to have a delay, to have a roadblock. What happens on your GPS? What does Siri tell you when that happens? “Rerouting!”
This happens sometimes at transitional points in your life and it's okay! Accept there route and take the detour. You'll still get to the same destination.
That brings me to the last point, be flexible. It's very important that you're flexible with your life and especially with your business. If you are rigid and unable to adjust when detours comes up, you will get thrown off, and you risk never arriving at your desired destination.
Think about it this way. Even if you're on I-495 or Route 66; or whatever busy road is in your area; even if you're just inching towards your destination, at least you're moving towards it. Whether or not you're going as fast as you want to now, eventually you're going to get back into the fast lane and you're going to arrive. Just keep moving forward and don't stop!
The last piece to read about is purpose. Again, this is what I'm passionate about. My purpose in business is to help others identify their purpose, identify their passion, and then help them with the systems, the tools and the strategies needed to fulfill that purpose.
Purpose is defined as “a reason for doing something,” or “a reason for which something is created or for which something exists.” All of us have a purpose in life; in business; in our families. The idea of purpose is associated with what many call the Big Why. “Why do you do what you do?” That's a question that everyone should ask: “Why am I showing up every day? Why am I establishing the relationships I am fostering? What is the actual end goal here?”
I saw a photo of a man wearing a suit and tie, and under that suit was a t-shirt that said, “WHY?” I like this picture, this image. I like it because it is showing us that underneath all the fancy clothes and all that stuff, there lies the heart behind what he’s doing. It’s the reason he shows up day after day.
Imagine a movie projector. When it's just sitting on the table, we know what it is: a projector. It is however, not serving any benefit to anyone while just sitting there. It’s only when you plug it in that it begins to project something that others can see and gain something from. The aim should be for your what to be aligned with your purpose, and plugged into your passion. That's when you get real power and the world gets to see your value.
“Purpose is the reason for your journey and passion is the fire that lights the way.”
I hope that as a result of reading this article you will ask yourself:
"What is my purpose?
Is my purpose influencing my actions?
Am I being driven by passion?”
Your clear and affirmative responses to these questions may be the key to getting you from where you are to where you want to be. Enjoy the journey!
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