The Power of Full Engagement and Knowing Your Purpose
I recently heard Bill Baren interview Jim Loehr who wrote The Power of Full Engagement. I was so moved that I ran out and got the book (you may recall this from a previous post here) and I’ve been reading it. It’s a very accessible book and I recommend it highly. I even have a shortcut to get the gist of the book without reading the whole thing; just leave me a comment and I’ll let you in on it.
By full engagement we mean physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned. Full engagement requires each of these four sources of energy. All of them are necessary, none is sufficient by itself and each influences the others. Loehr makes the connection between knowing one’s purpose and having full engagement. He says Purpose is a unique source of energy and power. Purpose fuels focus, direction, passion and perseverance. It’s using one’s life as a vehicle through which one expresses one’s deepest values. He says we focus on what’s meaningful and what moves us. In such circumstances, life and work become so much easier and more pleasant and, at times, downright exciting!
I’ve noticed in my own life, since I changed professions to better fulfill my purpose, that it’s much easier for me to engage more fully and to be willing to make certain specific efforts (that Loehr discusses in the book) that engender and support full engagement. I’ve got a chicken/egg dilemma around this; I’m not sure which came first: finding a way to fulfill my purpose more completely versus noticing deep internal shifts that have brought about a new level of maturity in me. This is a toughie. Perhaps it doesn’t really matter which came first. Perhaps they arose together. All I know is that I’m awfully glad that this has happened. It means that certain things that have been a struggle or an issue for me decades are becoming non-issues with no struggle involved because doing, or not doing, certain things serves the fruition of my purpose which I am totally committed to fulfilling no matter what it takes.
more on this to follow…….stay tuned.