I read an article the other day by a guy who works with senior executives to help them plan their next role.
In it he said he always asks his clients one telling question.
This question not only stopped me in my tracks, but made me realise it’s the door opener to a deeper answer on that nebulous thing called life purpose.
What was the question?
Have you done your greatest thing yet?
Think about this for a moment.
In your gut, do you feel that your greatest accomplishment might still be ahead of you?
Yep, thought so.
If you’re like me and probably 99% of other people, you still have much to achieve. Your legacy is still in the making.
Now call me glass-half-full, but this feels really exciting!
Firstly, there is still time.
No matter what your age or what you’ve achieved to date, there is no denying that the future holds steadfast possibility.
We absolutely have the ability to make decisions today that shape our future tomorrow.
And if you’re concerned that age is a factor and feel like it’s too late for you, consider this.
JRR Tolkien didn’t publish his first volume of The Lord of the Rings until he was 62.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes didn’t conquer Mount Everest until he was 65.
Comedienne Lynn Ruth Miller didn’t break into stand-up until she was 70.
Secondly, the question prompts possibility thinking.
It opens up the dream channel, and gets us to consider our inner most aspirations and desires.
These are the ambitions we tend to harbour secretly and let our imagination loose on when we think no-one is watching.
They are the dreams that can point to our true purpose.
Have a go at this now.
Ask yourself if you have done your greatest thing yet.
If the answer is no, suspend your disbelief and allow yourself to drop into that place where you imagine your life’s greatest accomplishment.
Go to town. If absolutely anything was possible and you knew success was guaranteed, what would your achievement look like?
Really picture it in your mind. Let it be as big and bold as you want it to be.
Remove all parameters and be as ostentatious as you like.
Then experience how that achievement feels. Give yourself permission to live it as if it’s real for a moment.
Breathe it in.
What you are imagining provides a strong indication of your heartfelt purpose.
It’s the endeavour that you intuitively know would make you feel most alive, most fulfilled and most motivated.
Achieving this goal might seem wildly improbable, but that’s okay.
Just treat it like a signpost.
It’s pointing you in the direction of what you really, really want.
And if you let it, it can help inform the decisions you make about your next career or life step, and shape your future.
There’s no debating that it’s scary. This is not in the realm of comfort zone.
But then great things never came from comfort zones.
So what does your future greatest achievement look like and what small step could you take towards it today?
How might you turn your wildly improbable goal into your next great adventure?
If you’re wondering whether this is all hypothetical from my own personal perspective, allow me to dispel that idea promptly!
I vehemently know that I haven’t done my greatest thing yet.
Because I have a burning desire to create something that changes the way schools deliver careers advice for kids.
And I mean every type of school.
In every country that might need it.
I want to help teenagers make decisions on subjects that play to their own strengths, passions and sense of purpose.
Decisions that aren’t influenced by what’s considered the “right” choice – either by the education system, our culture, parents, friends or the media.
So that kids arrive at the career path that’s right for them.
So that they don’t have to experience the trauma of an ill-fitting career.
So that they don’t have face a course correction years down the line.
So that tomorrow’s workers are happier from the get-go.
Within the perceivable reach of a career coach?
Feels like it.
Likely to be achieved by Alison?
[Pause for effect]
Not on paper!
Today I know absolutely nothing about career services in schools across the globe, beyond my own poor experience light years ago.
I have zero contacts in the education field.
I have no literally no experience with children or teenagers given I’m not a parent myself.
And I don’t know where the genesis of this idea came from or why it’s that important to me.
Still, this is what I picture when I answer the question.
My first small step is going to involve some research to see if my hunch about the need is even remotely accurate.
So there we have it.
I’ve said it out loud and committed to an action that might just affect my future and lead me towards my greatest thing.
Feel free to join me!
What do you visualise when you think of your own greatest accomplishment and what baby step you could take that will point you in that direction?
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