Last blog, we delved into the existential abyss of “why” – a riveting journey, wasn’t it? Now, let’s move beyond that introspection and put those profound discoveries into action. Buckle up, because we’re going to embark on a wild ride to make your professional life as engaging and fulfilling as you always knew it could be.
First, let’s set the stage. To truly harness the power of purpose, you’ll need to follow these three fundamental principles:
- EMBRACE YOUR VISION. As a modern professional, your cravings extend beyond the snack drawer in the office kitchen. What do you truly desire in your personal and professional life? Don’t expect an epiphany at the snap of a finger – give yourself the time and space to truly explore your vision.
- PLEDGE TO ACT. Ditch the “I’ll try” and “I should” inner monologue. It’s time to focus on what you MUST do, with honesty and transparency.
- SEEK DISTINCTION. Let’s chat about this shortly. Patience, my friend.
Now, let’s break it down. You don’t just want to achieve something – you want the exhilarating feeling that accomplishment brings. But without a benchmark, you’ll be like a hamster on a wheel, endlessly chasing the “next thing.” We need to flip the script and align your decisions with your “why.”
So, what’s the secret? It’s simple: stop confusing being busy with success. Without a clear vision, all that frenetic activity is about as useful as boarding a random plane without knowing the destination. And who wants that kind of chaos?
We’re reverse engineering the way most people live their lives. No more reacting – it’s time for intentional, purposeful choices.
Too many of us stumble into our careers with no vision beyond the paycheck, only to find ourselves unfulfilled and trapped. The same goes for our personal lives. That’s where your vision – or “why” – comes in.
Don’t assume you’ve got this “vision” thing on lock just yet. Here are some provocative questions to help you unearth your life’s purpose:
- What incredible feats can you achieve with your unique talents? Forget the “if only” and “what if” stories – they’re just excuses.
- How will you define success at each milestone in your life? Be specific and imagine what you truly desire.
- What types of individuals do you want to surround yourself with, personally and professionally?
- What impact do you believe you’re capable of? Unlock your hidden potential.
- When your time comes, what would you want people to remember about you? Your “why” is your legacy.
Answer these questions honestly, and you’ll be well on your way to discovering your “why.”
It’s often said, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” But let’s take it one step further – it’s not just what you say, it’s what you do. Align your actions with your commitments, or risk turning people off.,
Effective communication is about building rapport and inspiring action. All the planning, logistics, support, and passion amount to nothing without taking that crucial step.
With a clear purpose and goals in hand, the final ingredient is striving for distinction. Note that we’re not seeking perfection – that’s an impossible standard. Distinction is about being the best you can be, and it’s a powerful motivator.
So there you have it – vision, action, and distinction, all tied together in a neat little package. By investing in yourself, you’ll stop chasing and start living with integrity.
And who wouldn’t want that?
As you forge ahead, keep these essential steps in mind:
- NURTURE YOUR VISION. Periodically revisit your vision to ensure it remains aligned with your evolving desires and aspirations. Remember, this isn’t a one-and-done exercise.
- STAY ACCOUNTABLE. Committing to action requires discipline and accountability. Share your goals with a trusted colleague, mentor, or friend, and ask them to hold you accountable. The power of partnership is invaluable.
- ADAPT AND EVOLVE. As you strive for distinction, accept that failure is inevitable. Embrace it, learn from it, and use it to propel you forward. After all, failure is just another stepping stone on the path to success.
- CELEBRATE YOUR WINS. Acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small. Recognizing your progress will fuel your motivation and help maintain momentum.
- BE KIND TO YOURSELF. The pursuit of purpose and distinction is a lifelong endeavor. Practice self-compassion and remember that growth takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are successful professionals.
- NETWORK WITH INTENTION. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who share your passion for excellence. These connections can open new doors, provide fresh insights, and serve as a source of inspiration and support.
- STAY CURIOUS. Never stop learning and growing. Embrace new experiences, explore novel ideas, and challenge your assumptions. Remember, a curious mind is an agile mind.
Your professional life is far too valuable to leave to chance. By understanding your vision, committing to action, and striving for distinction, you’ll create a career that not only satisfies your ambition but also brings meaning and fulfillment.
Take the time to engage in this process and watch as your life begins to transform. After all, success is not about reaching the destination – it’s about embracing the journey and living with intention and purpose. So, dear sophisticated professional, go forth and seize the day! The world is your oyster, and your purpose awaits.
Almost every “Professional Speaker” on the planet claims they’re number one in whatever topics they speak on. It’s not how many books you’ve written that matters, but rather what best practices you can transfer to the audience, based on a proven track record.
This is where Brian Parsley isn’t your ordinary presenter. He began his career selling door to door over 30 years ago. Since then he’s been a serial entrepreneur, building three highly successful organizations and selling two over the past two decades.
Brian is currently a managing partner in the global consulting firm, The Constance Group. His work has given him the opportunity to share his methodology and allowed him to use his gifts of teaching and speaking on an international platform on topics of sales optimization, building loyal customers, and leadership strategies that drive profits.
He teaches behavioral science around why people do what they do and how to manipulate challenging scenarios with good intent. His messages are powerful but filled with humor and stories so they resonate and can be recalled.
Fun fact, Brian has close to one million followers on TikTok doing fun pranks. He may be in his 50’s, but he’ll never lose his sense of humor.