Authentic self refers to a deep sense of fulfillment that you are seeking and how you can truly reflect yourself in your work and/or personal experiences. If you are newly-retired or in a midlife stage of life, you can explore and discover what your “meaningful purpose” is and how to fulfill it.
“A ‘meaningful purpose’ is a calling, a mission, an overall theme for our life that transcends our daily activities. It is the quality we are here on earth to develop, the type of service we are here to render, the way we can enhance or improve some segment of the planet. It is much broader than one job or career; it pervades our life” (Marcia Bench, 2008).
Many of you have had successful careers and the reason you felt fulfilled is that your “meaningful purpose” was somehow reflected in that career. Some of you went to work each day as a way to live and survive, however you were not as successful and fulfilled — you were working without a connection to your “meaningful purpose.”
So how does one discover their meaningful purpose? There are many clues, but the answers to 10 specific questions are a great way to start. Here is a sample of five of those questions:
1. What do you love to do, whether in your spare time or at work?
2. What parts of your present or past job or life activities do you thoroughly enjoy?
3. What do you naturally do well?
4. What are your ten greatest successes to date (in your eyes)?
5. Is there a cause that you feel passionate about?
As a coach, it is my job to help you flush-out the answers to these questions and then begin to work with you to discover your “meaningful purpose.” Once this discovery process is completed, then you can begin to determine how you have (or have not) fulfilled your purpose in aspects of your life to date and how you are going to continue to (or begin to) now that you are starting a new chapter in your life. Aha!
“The gifts in each of us and the value of serving others provide our mission in life.”
–Richard Bolles—What Colour is your Parachute?
Contact me if you would like to learn more about your “meaningful purpose” and how you can express it in every aspect of your life.