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Driven by purpose

We're nearly one thirds of the way through the year, and while I've made good progress on some of the goals I set myself at the start of the year, I've struggled to make any on others.

I regularly sit down and look back at how I'm progressing. And in doing so, I tend to learn a lot about myself, both things that I've been doing well that I ought to continue and things that I need to improve upon.

When I did that this week about my year's goals, I began to wonder why I've made good progress only on some goals and not others. The common theme among the goals I've made good progress on was that these goals were driven by a clear purpose. I understand precisely why I want to get them done and how they fit into the life I'm building for myself. And the common theme among the goals I've struggled to make good progress on was that these goals lacked a clear purpose. Sure, I'll feel happy if I accomplish them but there is no compelling need in myself to really go after them like my life depended on achieving them.

This is true of organizations as well. Purpose-driven organizations have employees with far higher levels of motivation than those that are driven purely by profit.

If you're struggling to get ahead on any of your goals, take some time to reflect on why you are pursuing it in the first place, whether it is driven by something inside of you or by a need to be perceived as successful or accomplished by your peers and those around you.

If you come to the conclusion that these aren't driven by a sense of purpose, then re-evaluate whether they are what you really want to invest time and effort pursuing.

We do best what we do with purpose.

(This is a cross-post from the weekly email I send to The 0.7 Club!)

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