Life Purpose: Does it matter?

Wednesday, 26th October 2011

This past week I got the privilege to hang out with a lot of life coaches. It is always fun for me to be with my peeps. There is just one thing I don’t get about them. They are constantly talking about life purpose. “I help people discover their life purpose,” is a frequent expression that I hear from them. That always makes me do a double take. Hmmm. How does a person know what their life purpose is? Does a divine messenger come down from heaven and say, “Boom, here is your purpose?” I am serious, what is life purpose all about and how does one really know what God’s reasoning was when He got involved in creating you?

Before you answer, I have been through coaching school and I went through the course on life purpose and I thought it was really quite silly. Really what it boiled down to is a person declaring this is the reason why they were put on this earth and this is the impact that they are going to make. Can a person really know why they were put on the earth? Can people REALLY know the impact that they are going to have? Does it really matter? I get the importance of being more authentic to yourself and to align yourself with a higher Source. I see the benefits of that in my clients’ lives all the time. I see results with learning and operating in your zone. Truthfully I haven’t seen any results from someone saying this is my life purpose other than be happy that they think they have it. But I bet most people are like me and forget what I decided my purpose was a few weeks later.

Does anyone have a good answer to this or are a lot of life coaches just making much ado about nothing?

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  1. Lisa, I certainly don’t speak for other Coaches, but I do have an opinion and insight into your dilemma. Dick Richards has a wonderful book on the subject titled, “Is Your Genius at work? 4 Key questions to ask before your next career move.” I use this book with all my coaching clients along with many other resources. A tool I use to discover an individual’s authentic talents is called our ADVanced Insights Assessment. ADVanced Insights combines the best of three world-class profiles: the Attribute Index measures how people think and make decisions; the Values Index measures motivational style and drivers, and the DISC Index measures a person’s preferred behavioral style. Together, they create the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of personal assessment. This tool unlocks the key to:
    • WHAT natural talents you possess based on how you think and make decisions.
    • WHY you are motivated to use them based on your motivators and drivers.
    • HOW you prefer to use them based on your preferred behavioral style.
    When an individual understands what their “What, Why and How’s” are they come very close to discovering their purpose in life … coupled with the work that Dick Richard’s exercises provides -the puzzle is complete.
    We discover that our Talents are indeed “ours” and that when engaged we accomplish tasks and succeed with relative ease vs. pushing the non-talents up hill. Obviously we must know ourselves, our talents, our non-talents and then make the conscious decision to engage in activities, work, professions, etc., that showcase or maximize those talents – thereby “living a purpose, goal directed life,” and by default discovering your life’s purpose. IT DOES matter and it is worth all the energy, time and resources one has to discover it. I’d love to work with you and share what I’ve discovered, I’d be honored to become your Coach in this endeavor and I’m sure we can work out an arrangement where we both benefit.

    Willard Kille
    (a fellow student with you at BTTS in August of ’05 in Las Vegas)

    Fri 28th October, 2011 at 8:54 am

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