Life’s Purpose

One's ability to learn, adapt, focus and make contributions to life, family and community; financial well-being

“Life’s purpose” refers to what we do daily and how we contribute; which is typically referred to as “occupational and intellectual well-being.” In the Wellness Compass it includes your professional development and financial security. To be effective in accomplishing our life purpose requires a high level of well-being in all other areas of wellness particularly the principles related to courage (bravery, persistence and vitality) and wisdom (creativity, curiosity, love of learning and perspective) that have not been addressed previously in the Wellness Compass.

 Chapter 14, Overview of Life’s Purpose presents two critical activities designed to facilitate efficient and effective personal growth with the Life Purpose Domain: Activity 14.1: Life’s Purpose and Balance Self-Assessment and Activity 14.2: My Life Purpose. Each activity is designed both as starting and ending points for the first journey through the Life Purpose wellness domain. Travelers considering enhancing any goals in the Life Purpose domain are expected to benefit by skimming the entire scope of activities before finalizing goals/resolution and pursuing a “Wellness Compass Journey” to effectively accomplishing this goal.

Highlights of the Life Purpose Wellness Domain

Chapter 15, Courageously Changing, begins by examining the things it takes to be brave in the face of fear, innovation, and the typical process required to adapt to change and to accomplish goals. It moves on to discuss the importance of credentials (particularly those relating to quality and financial security) and the value of lifelong learning. Those who acknowledge weakness in this area are encouraged to complete their first wellness journey in this area because it is fundamental to success in goal accomplishment.

Chapter 16, Prioritized & Responsible, concentrates on what it takes to consistently be focused on what’s most important to us. It’s where we deepen our conversation about life’s purpose by first reviewing how you can determine your purpose. Next we focus on the key values and skills required to be successful: prioritization, organization, focus on quality, and persistent focus on completing your responsibilities. Travelers who are already professionally successful are encouraged to apply the skills considered in this chapter to one or more other dimensions of well-being.

Chapter 17, Fully Contributing, focuses on how to wisely and effectively apply the skills previously learned to be effective across all of our key roles, to consistently make smart decisions, and to synergize various aspects of our lives so that we become (or remain) the people we were meant to be. Since fully contributing includes financial security, an entire section of this chapter is devoted to the key steps and processes needed to maintain financial stability (if not abundance) throughout life. In many ways, the Wellness Compass builds upon the elegant simplicity of Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits for Highly Effective People.[1] For some readers, these chapters will be the Mount Everest of their Wellness Journey, the ultimate coalescing of concepts that yields unimaginable empowerment, insights, and motivation to propel readers to new heights of accomplishment.

Chapter 18, The Life’s Purpose Game, assists travelers in integrating all dimensions of wellness under the joint umbrella of time management and your life purpose. It’s the big pictures showing if and how you align your time (and, if you want to, money) with your purpose. Activities assist travelers in aligning their time with purpose. It’s an eye-opening experience that couples are encouraged to first do independently and then share their results to better understand the larger scope of what occurs in a household and to jointly realign time with individual and family goals. To facilitate serious consideration of one’s time, the key worksheets are also available as Microsoft Excel files.

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[1] Covey, S. (1989). The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Restoring the Character Ethnic. Simon and Shuster: New York. Note. Despite reviewing many other resources, the author continues to believe that the Seven Habits (and other Covey books and resources) are still the best way to achieve personal and professional success, and acknowledges that Covey’s principles significantly influenced the 13 Wellness Compass Goals.