In his book “Conscious Coaching”, Brett Bartholomew writes that PURPOSE IS A PERFORMANCE ENHANCER, and I love the succinctness of that statement.
There is a lot of buzz nowadays about knowing what your “why” is, and, in my opinion, similar to the buzz surrounding mindfulness, any buzz around getting clear about why you do what you (your sense of purpose) is warranted.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
Why are you a member of Oak Park? Why do you choose to invest in your health and wellness? Who are you and what do you believe in, why?
I am of the opinion that these questions are iterative–answering them is an ongoing process. That being said, I do not believe these questions are context-dependent. Your why/purpose is your internal operating system. You’ll run an infinite number of apps off of that one operating system. However, you have to have some ongoing awareness, knowledge, and reflection of what that operating system is in order to run the apps effectively and efficiently. In real life, your behaviors are the equivalent of computer software applications.
If you want to achieve greater levels of performance and personal fulfillment, you will have to wrestle with these questions. Lucky for you, you are part of a community of coaches that relish the opportunity to support you on your journey to tackle these questions, one rep at a time.
“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot