Consider this dialogue, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, between Alice and the Cheshire Cat:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “If you only walk long enough.”
This dialogue illustrates the role of purpose in our choices and outcomes in life. Whether with your career, business, or life, your ability to create an intended result depends on your clarity of purpose. Is there an area of your career, business, or life where any of the following applies:
- You’re not sure how to respond to an opportunity, challenge, or other situation?
- You can’t decide between two or more possible paths?
- You’re feeling dissatisfied or incomplete with something you have just accomplished or are accomplishing—like it’s “not enough?”
- You’ve just achieved an important goal and are wondering what’s next?
- You’re wondering whether you’re “on track” with your goals and objectives?
If so, I invite you to consider that clarity of purpose may be the key to helping you move forward. Why? Because all of the above scenarios involve a decision about your actions in the moment. And like a traveler choosing the direction of their next step, your action in the moment, your next step, is determined by your destination.
Like Alice, your question, “which way do I go from here,” is answered by first reflecting on where you want to go. So no matter what is going on, whether you are feeling challenged or not, I invite you to check in with your purpose right now. Simply ask yourself two questions: “What is present in my life right now?” and “What do I want to create next?” Notice how your actions, your outcomes, and your experiences change if you ask yourself these questions daily. And know that, with these questions, you are free to answer in any way that is meaningful for you. There is no “right” or “wrong” answer—no right or wrong goal, purpose, or outcome.
As your coach, I am committed to having you identify and realize that which is most important to you. I encourage you to post your thoughts, challenges, experiments, and wisdom about purpose in the comments below.
Contact me (513-785-0673) if you feel stuck or overwhelmed. I’m here to help.