With over seven billion people on the planet, we all have a hunger to find more purpose in life. It doesn’t matter if it’s a personal or professional endeavor; purpose is the invisible gold that causes us to perform worthwhile activity. It’s the symphony of the human spirit that causes the human race to move in harmony, but somehow the human orchestra continues to play different sheets of music. What suppose to sound like music to our ears sounds like a composition from hell.
Personal Development and Religion
Personal development is a billion dollar industry, and one would think that job satisfaction and human relations would be at an all-time high. Unfortunately, people are growing more dissatisfied with what they do for a living and human relations continue to remain stuck in a time-warp of racial divide.
Companies are spending billions of dollars trying to address diversity concerns in the workplace, only to discover a diversity policy without a diversity purpose. Personal development gurus continue to beat the same self-improvement techniques like a dead horse and faith leaders inspire constituents to quote Bible verses with hopes of affecting change. Again we have more access to self-improvement techniques than any time in the history of the world, and the Bible is still the number one best selling book of all times. Unfortunately the human soul remains trapped in a deep dark abyss!
Life coaches and Christian life coaches are a dime a dozen, but fail in providing a purpose-oriented solution that speaks to the plight of the human soul. Both genres preach find your passion, find your purpose! They have helped millions of people better their lives, but people are still groping in darkness trying to escape the rat-race of chasing passion to find purpose.
Find your meta-purpose
Its imperative that thought and faith-leaders alike master new skills. The world is in dire need of a new breed of achievers and believers. President Woodrow Wilson stated,
You are not here to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
If leaders fail to master skills that lead to harvesting the energy of purpose, they will not only impoverish themselves, but rob the world of assets that could affect change. The plight of the human soul stands at the crux of the appetite for power and the appetite for purpose. It requires more than self-improvement techniques and religious doctrine that simply leave people famished for more purpose. No longer can we simply help people find purpose, we must help them explore the sophistication of purpose to impact the world in new ways.
The sophistication of purpose is more than a passionate use of gifts and talents:
- Mastering your gifts and talents will make you marketable, but fail in making you more meaningful.
- Gifts and talents will allow you to live where life happens, but it will never help you master skills on how to make life happen when the world is against you.
Making life happen is more than planting seeds of purpose. It requires harvesting the energy of purpose to live life on the terms of a champion. This process is called success by design and it begins with finding your meta-purpose, which is your ability to adjust your existence and performance according to where you desire to go in life.
Your meta-purpose is responsible for what you become in the quest for success. It conditions your character to drive activity that lead to new patterns of purpose. Without it, the journey to success will be more about what you acquire than what you become.
Finding your meta-purpose is critical! However, it’s an overlooked subject in life coaching circles because traditional coaching fail to recognize the difference between Personal and Purpose Development. This is not a matter of semantics, but a matter of raising the Purpose IQ™ of the human race.
Personal Development is self-improvement without purpose-oriented solutions, but Purpose Development is purpose-oriented solutions that restores our Intelligent Design.
If we truly desire to affect change, we must master skills that drive the core of human existence and performance. No longer can we simply help people find purpose without equipping them to master skills on how to use their meta-purpose to impact the world around them. Stay tuned for Part 2!!!