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What's the Purpose, What's My Purpose?

Posted: November 16, 2012 by Rob Voyle

Are you struggling to create change, or wish that change would occur?

For example have you got a weekly meeting that is boring, often frustrating, and you would wish it were different but don't know how to make it different?

Before making a change ask yourself and or the group you are working with:

What's the purpose of what we are doing?
How does what we are doing help us to manifest my or our purpose?

Sometimes you may have to ask follow-up questions:
"And what's the purpose of that?"

Then make changes that help align the purpose of the activity with your core purpose or the groups core purpose.

Sadly, based on my experience, many people and most congregations live without a profound awareness of their core purpose. They do what they do in order to survive rather than manifest their purpose for being.

The purpose of the Clergy Leadership Institute is to:

Transform the church from being a place of fear to a place of love,
where duty and obligation become passion and delight,
threat and intimidation are replaced by freedom and joy,
and weakness and mediocrity are redeemed to competence and excellence.

One of the core things I teach and you get to experience first hand is how to discover and manifest your core purpose. If you don't what your purpose is how do you know how to plan and create the world around you? Without a sense of purpose you will be the victim of other people's plans.

Knowing your purpose is the way to liberate: love, joy, delight, passion, freedom, and competence in your life and work.

When I read people's valuation of my programs two things are consistently at the top of the list of what people value about the training:

* Discovering and understanding my core purpose
* The threefold nature of transformative compassion:
   tenderness, fierceness, and mischievousness.

I have also found that helping people and groups discover their core purpose is the foundation for passionate, resourceful living.

Martin Buber once said: "If a person carries their own light within them, then they need never be afraid of the darkness."

Knowing your purpose is a big part of having your own light within you. If you would like to discover your purpose, or use your sense of purpose to define and create change then I invite you to attend one of my Appreciative Inquiry based training programs.

With blessings on your life and work
Rob Voyle

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The Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle is a leader in the development and use of appreciative inquiry in church and coaching settings.

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