How To Discover Your Purpose In Your Business – Part 2
December 12, 2017 8:27 am
It’s all about Asking Great Socratic Questions.
Now that you’re in a beautiful state, you’ve done a short gratitude process, it’s time we talk about purpose.
I’m going to give you 30 seconds to answer each one of these questions. Your answers don’t need to be perfect, they just need to be about 80% done.
You see when you overthink things you hesitate, procrastinate and usually this won’t be the best answers that come intuitively. The answers that come to you right away is going to be 80% right, and that’s what we want for today.
As you answer these questions, write down the first few answers that come to mind. Don’t worry of getting them perfect. If you do that right, then 80% of the things you throw down today is going to be what really resonates.
I’m going to give you 30 seconds to answer each question. Remember, don’t spend 2 minutes on a question. Keep moving.
If you had $10 billion how would you spend your time?
What legacy would you like to create? If money was never a thing, how would you spend your time? Who would you like to help in the world?
If I sent you to a shop and told you to grab 3 Magazines based around your passions, interests, what would they be?
In short what are you most passionate about? What do you love to do? It could be anything, sports related, relationships, science, personal growth or astrophysics.
When you were a child, what did you want to be?
Think about when you were between 5 to 12 years old, what did you really want to be when you were older? This gives you insights into what really interests you. What are you really passionate about?
If you just got told you had 12 hours to live, what would you be disappointed about not experiencing or doing?
It could be a place that you didn’t get to see or a relationship that you didn’t nurture. It could be something that you didn’t say to somebody or something you didn’t create in the world. What would it be?
What drives you?
What really drives you beyond money? What is the driving force for you in your business or in your life? Is it happiness? Or experiences? Or laughter? What is it? Get clear on what drives you and why?
How could you be more transparent, vulnerable and come from a place of service?
Be truly authentic for your team members. A lot of people I’ve spoken to in the past think that you need to be a superstar CEO who is bold and brash but that’s not the way it works. Sharing from a Jim Collin’s book I read, ‘Good to Great’, (which is an incredible book and I highly recommend), most of the best leaders are transparent, vulnerable and just real.
Who do you need to be to attract your dream team to serve your perfect customers?
Who do you need to be in everything that you do? How do you need to conduct yourself?
If you need some extra time, just continue on these questions. This is really an incredible exercise that I have done many times and it is one of the most moving and emotional things I’ve done.
Frankly, it’s the most rewarding as well.
Get ready for the next exercise if you dare!
This is truly powerful and we GO deep so, it’s definitely a bonus if you want to do it. I highly recommend it as one of the most incredible things that I’ve done.
Instead of writing the questions down you could just go speak into a recording software and use that recording to be transcribed by one of your VA’s. Obviously, this is personal and you might not want to share but as you can see, this is going to be one of the great ways to get some golden nuggets out of your heart and mind.
Sometimes when we’re talking, some of the best just comes out of us verbally. You can use Fiverr to transcribe them over or you can have it transcribed somewhere else. Then, you can just read it through and pick the sentences that really stand out. That could be a fast way of how to really download and filter through the things that really move you.
At this point, let’s talk about this powerful exercise which I got from the Stephen Covey book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This is an incredible, legendary book, as you all probably know. This exercise comes from that book. I believe it stems from a traditional Japanese exercise, I know it’s been a part of Japanese culture in some way, shape or form.
In order to create a powerful vision and purpose it’s really important to do this exercise. And, I’m going to walk you through it right now.
I want you to take a deep breath (in to your nose and out through your mouth) a few times. Take a couple of deep breaths (in and out). Prepare your physiology and get yourself in a peak state and let’s go through this exercise together.
I’m going to ask you to close your eyes and go through this story with me and envision it as if you’re there in your world. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine that you’re walking into a huge Church that you know or that’s local to you and familiar. You’re walking through and you see the church is completely filled out with people.
There are people on either side of the church, both sides and both aisles are packed with people that you know. Your whole family is there, everybody that you’ve known, your friends, your acquaintances, people that you’ve served, all these friends and family that you love.
You’re looking around everyone’s faces. It’s a huge ceremony and you’re walking down towards the front of the church and you’re seeing your dearest loved ones, your children, your family, your friends, your community and you’re walking down towards the front of the church.
Just picture this on your mind’s eye, you’re walking down and then you walk up to the front and there’s the priest and the casket. You look down the casket and you see yourself. You see yourself in the casket looking up at you and this is your funeral.
What would you want to be remembered for?
This is like you’ve seen it play out in your mind and you’re seeing all your family come to celebrate your life. How would you want to be remembered?
Pick one person from your family, one person from your friends, one person from your community, and people that you’ve helped. I want you to envision them doing a eulogy speech around you and your life and how you showed up and how you changed their lives. What you stood for and what you meant for them in their life.
This is the most powerful exercise that I have done in terms of how I want to be remembered. How I want to be celebrated when it’s all done. Write a paragraph of what they would say. Take 5 to 10 minutes per person. Really envision them reading out.
When you’ve got this paragraph written I would recommend this as something you refer and reflect in your weekly planning. Quickly scan through and see how you want to be remembered. What you mean to these people. This really helps and inspires your action.
Life is short in the context of how old the planet is. Our lifespan, as human beings is 30 seconds if you put the entire earth’s history in the calendar. The human life is 30 seconds in that whole calendar. How do you want to be remembered?
Press pause and when you’re done, finalize each paragraph and have that as a document you refer back to weekly or monthly to really get you back in the line of what you really want to be remembered for.