Give Yourself the Gift of Happiness - Know Your Purpose

Updated: Jun 20, 2019

Know where you are going

We love to travel and a lot of the travel we do is in our car. In order to have a pleasant trip there are some things we do before we ever leave the drive way.

Know where you're going, why you're going there and what's in it for you when you get there.

We explain to everyone where we are headed. How long it is going to take and what we plan on doing once we get there.

It's important that as you begin tasks that you treat your mind much the same way. As humans we have this need to understand where we are heading, how long or how much work is it going to take and what is going to be the reward once we get there.

Part of building resiliency is getting in the habit of framing any project we take on in this format. Because there will be things that come up and catch you by surprise, but if know that where you are headed is worth while then you can better mentally handle challenges as they present themselves.

Become the leader of your own life

When asked what leaders should do Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of GE and author of Winning, said that the leader’s role is to be the Chief Meaning Officer.

  1. Cast a vision for everyone to understand where you are going,

  2. Explain why the company is heading there and define the “why” and lastly

  3. Explain what’s in it for them once you get there.

This is true of ourselves. We must cast a vision for what we want, understand why we are doing what we are doing and then understanding what we get when we reach our desired future destination.

Do you know what the secret to life is?

This burning question was once answered on the big screen in the motion picture titled “City Slickers” featuring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance.

Now if you have ever seen the full movie you might remember that the one thing for Mitch (Billy Crystal) was his family.

By understanding what your one thing is you can begin to build a life that you desire and find joy and fulfillment by seeing how the work you do relates to your one thing.

Dave Quinn, CEcD is Chief Inspiration Officer for and President of City Services for Day One Experts, an economic development consulting firm specializing in economic development consulting to companies, communities, and organizations. If you'd like to set up a time to visit with Dave about possible speaking engagements or to find out more about becoming a member of the Day One family click here to set up a 30-minute discovery call.

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