4 Powerful Steps to Defining Your Purpose

4 Powerful Steps to Defining Your Purpose

By Hayley Panagakis, May 9, 2017

At some point, we’ve all asked ourselves, “What’s my purpose?” It’s a loaded question, and one that should never be taken lightly. “Powered by Purpose” was the theme behind this year’s Leadercast Live, which on May 5 gathered 5,000 leaders to Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. The simulcast event broadcasts to nearly 100,000 attendees in more than 700 locations around the globe.

Speakers devoted their words to helping leaders find purpose, both for themselves and for their followers. Andy Stanley, Molly Fletcher, Daniel Pink and Tyler Perry were among the many speakers who shared their stories and contributed to Leadercast’s mission of building leaders worth following. Each of them delivered motivating tips to help define and discover purpose in your career.

1. Focus on being a means to an end. 

“Until you learn how to be a means, you will not have a purpose at your company,” said Andy Stanley, founder of North Point Ministries. Instead of asking yourself, “What’s in it for me?” ask, “Who am I here for?” or “Who is my organization here for?”

Purpose is found right across the border from what’s in it for me, noted Stanley, adding that it also comes with a price. Purpose requires sacrifice; “that’s why [some] people live their entire lives and never get any sense of purpose,” he added. 

To find purpose, Stanley said to first start looking at what you’re doing through the lens of means. “If your dead-end job lets you eat and live indoors, your job is a means to an end.”

Next, pay attention to what stirs your heart. “Purpose is often found at the intersection of a broken heart, opportunity or skill,” continued Stanley.

Lastly, encompass yourself with on-purpose people, he said. “Surround yourself with people who aren’t working for themselves.”

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