- Introducing the course
- Introducing purpose
- Introducing the process
- Finding your favourite character words
- Finding your favourite action words
- Writing your purpose statement
Our sense of purpose is at the centre of understanding why we are alive, a crucial part of that “big why” that motivates us each day, in everything we do. When we have that “big why”, we live differently. Of course, a sense of purpose is not a magic formula, but when we try to live without purpose, we realise how essential it is.
And yet important as so many feel it to be, I find few people can tell me their purpose. So I wrote this short course to give you a simple process to help you reflect on who you are, what you love doing and achieving, and how all this can quickly and easily combine into really empowering ideas to help you get more focus, direction and energy into what you do.
You'll want to think about your purpose in work, and start to understand how you might see work differently as a result. Some will find their current work may not give them the opportunities to express that purpose, so doing this course might be the springboard for some to look at new areas of work. For others who perhaps cannot or don't want to change their work, finding your purpose might then mean focussing on how you can express that purpose in the wider areas and roles in your life - volunteering, in being a parent or partner, in your music or art - whatever areas are important to you.
Finding your purpose is a short journey - living on purpose could change the whole of your life.
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As a coach, or as some suggest a job doctor, what I love doing is helping people find their passion - helping you work out who you are, what you love and importantly how you can start living more the way they want. This can mean finding your ideal job, living more out of a sense of purpose, finding new direction after a life change and much more.
Here’s a typical thread:
In 2014, I created a programme called “Finding your Ideal Job”. Having run it 3 times as a locally advertised small group over 10 evenings, I wanted to pilot it to a wider market. This became a 2 Saturday morning programme for a “tech” recruitment organisation in East London. This led to being asked to speak at a conference for young film directors on confidence, followed by what was described as “speed coaching” - 30 minute sessions to help people refocus their lives. One of these speed coaching sessions resulted later in a call requesting phone coaching for their partner. Whilst discussing that, the partner explained how the speed coaching had triggered a joint piece of film based work for a competition, and by the second call, the news that they had won it.
My website has testimonials from a range of people, describing the changes they made as a result of the programme. The consistent feedback I get is that people get a totally new take on who they are, on their strengths and values and on what their life experience up to now means for them. From this people can start seeing where they really want to go, and can feel the confidence to start the journey towards it. This can be "big career change" towards their ideal job or business, or for some it can be seeing their real strengths in a new way that means they can see their current job completely differently, and find new satisfaction in it. And for one, it involved renting out their flat and going to India to teach English to children in a Delhi slum. Knowing who you are and what you love means you can start making great life and career decisions.
I love creating programmes that support people in making the changes they know they want, but which up to that point either they didn’t understand or didn’t think was possible. And I love working with people either one on one or in groups to help them realise what they really could do with their lives.
This starts with purpose, but goes deeper into values, beliefs, strengths and our life experience. Living on Purpose starts the process, and my bigger programme, Redesign Your Life takes it to the the next level.
What I do is based on far too many years of real life experience! This has been as a teacher, a company trainer and senior manager in a Financial Services organisation, mixed in with over 17 years running my own coaching business including 7 years running 20 day NLP based personal development programmes. I mix paid and unpaid work, founding and running the Putney Job Club since 2013, a volunteer-led initiative helping unemployed individuals get back into work, through tailored coaching and advice on a weekly basis.