Discover Your Purpose Retreat Day
- Learn how what you love to do is your spiritual fingerprint
- Do an Appreciative Inquiry into your own life
and discover yourself at your best
- Discern from you at your best doing what you love,
your core God-given purpose for being
Understanding Your Purpose
There is an age-old design concept: forms follows function.
If we want to create something or modify something first we need to know the purpose of what we are working on.
The same is true for our Lives!
- Do you know what your purpose is?
- Can you describe that purpose to someone in 30 seconds or less?
- When you make life decisions do you consider how the outcome will impact your ability to manifest your purpose?
In this day-long retreat you will discover and be able to articulate your core purpose.
Purpose is More than Mission
- Your purpose is the core reason for your existence, it is timeless.
- Your mission is a temporal way for you to manifest your timeless purpose
Through the course of your life you will have many missions (jobs, volunteer positions, etc.) that enable you to manifest your purpose.
Some jobs or missions are better suited to enabling your purpose to be manifested
Stress is what we experience when we are prevented from manifesting our purpose.
For example, we often feel stress when we don't have enough time to complete a project. Upon reflection we can see that the project is a way for us to manifest our purpose..
Particularly stressful or distressing situations are the result of our purpose, and consequently "our personhood" being unwanted or rejected. These experiences are existentially alienating and can be profoundly stressful. It is also interesting to note that in these same environment that others don't feel distressed because their purpose is not being thwarted.
Forget Balance, Get Integrated
Many coaching clients report that what they want to achieve is greater balance in their lives. But to be in balance means to be continually in a state of tension between competing demands.
Rather than balance these demands we need to integrate them using a deeper value - namely your core purpose.
Your life will be out of balance around your core purpose. You can use your core purpose to integrate the competing demands in your life so that you don't have to live in a constant state of tension.
David Cooperrider, the founder of Appreciative Inquiry described this approach as: "Appreciative Inquiry is based on a reverence for life... More than a method or technique, the appreciative mode of inquiry is a means of living with, being with and directly participating in the life of a human system in a way that compels one to inquire into the deeper life-generating essentials and potentials of existence."
We have embodied this understanding in the Discover Your Purpose program. We have three basic assumptions:
- Human beings are unique
- We each have a unique purpose
- Fullness of life comes from manifesting that purpose in the world
The Discover Your Purpose retreat is developed from the Day of Discovery from the Yes!3 program.
It was developed to provide people the opportunity to discover their purpose without having to commit to the longer 5 week program.
It can be adapted to a weekend format or it can be run in one 6 hour day-long session.
The retreat materials include participant and facilitator guides
Facilitating Discover Your Purpose Retreat
To lead or facilitate the Discover Your Purpose Retreat you must complete at least one of the following programs:
From the Authors: Quotes From the Program
If you haven't found the place inside where you cannot not do what it is you do that gives you great joy, keep looking for that which you cannot not do and go do that.
If you don't, you will simply waste your true potential, rob society of your gifts, and just make your self and the world around you miserable.
If you try to motivate people by lighting a fire under them, all you will get is burnt butts.
A much more enlightened way to motivate people is to find the fire within them and fan it.
Since we will spend the rest of our lives in the future
we need to ensure that the future we imagine and create
is the future we would prefer to live in.
Vision without action is an empty dream.
Action without vision is mindless chaos.
Vision embodied in loving action is purposeful living.
What Participants Say
Rob will enhance your ability to delight in yourself, your neighbor and God through his insightful, practical, loving, professionally grounded, appreciative and often mischievous coaching and teaching skills; and that will make you a better leader and citizen in God's creation.
Ed Leidel, Episcopal Bishop and Congregational Coach serving North America