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You Can Chose to Live Your Life on Purpose

March 23, 2010

The newsletter below was emailed to me from former colleague Paul Anovick. He owns a successful consulting firm. I LOVED what he wrote below. I personally feel blessed to have a career that actually brings me joy. I enjoy getting up every morning to see what the day will bring professionally. With economic worries and people out of work, I encourage you to take a minute to read Paul’s insight below.

March 23, 2010

Dear Robin,

Estimates currently place the number of unemployed at 15 million.   Often I encounter people who consider themselves underemployed or are in jobs they do not care for. Now more than ever you need to find and connect to your purpose…what is it that you do well?
You can choose to live your life on purpose.
“I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau

A client recently shared this comment about being laid off, “You can look at it as a ‘pink slip’ or a blank sheet of paper.”  Meaning that you can see your job loss as a defeat or the greatest opportunity to liberate yourself for the rest of your life. What would it look like if you choose the latter?

Living on purpose is doing the things you are good at and having positive results. When you get out of bed in the morning are you excited about the day ahead? Early in my career I had the opportunity to work with successful entrepreneurs, they loved what they were doing.  When I work with clients and hear the leader of an organization say, “I love this business!” I know this is a successful company that will continue to grow.

The economic disruption of the past two years has forced many people to reinvent themselves.  Even companies have been compelled to focus their business model and change their market plan.  In helping organizations or individuals do this I always begin with the question, “What do you do well?”  If you answer this question you begin from a position of strength, in order to build value you must focus on your strength. Planning Guide  The SWOT analysis of Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats will yield a clear path in building your plan.

You will be working for many years to come, possibly the rest of your life (I plan to).  Does it not make sense to be doing what you love?  Many people plan for months or longer to take a two week vacation, how much time do you invest to plan the rest of your life? CoachAnovick  This is your life-control your own destiny.  Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Developing Potential, Producing Results
Paul Anovick

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