We hear the words passion, purpose, values & vision tossed around a lot these days. We know we need to have them – but grabbing hold of what they really are can be challenging. At the risk of being waaaaay too basic, I want to do a little defining here. So often these words are used interchangeably. That is a mistake. Getting clear on these four words can change your life. This may be basic – but only like air, food and water are basic to life.
Purpose is the “big why” – the reason you do what you do. What do you believe you were uniquely designed to accomplish? This one blog pos can’t attack this concept in depth, but I hope to convey that a sense of purpose is the driving force of your life. Passion is the fuel for purpose. Passion is the fire that burns and energizes you to pursue your purpose. What sparks your interest, fires up your emotions? Our passions keep us engaged with fulfilling our purpose. But unrestrained passion can burn us up or burn us out. Our values keep passion moving in a productive path toward fulfilling our purpose. Core values are those essential truths that you would live and die for. They are values because their worth is unquestioned. Integrity, empathy, respect, leadership are each values I am passionate about and keep me aligned with my purpose. And finally, vision. Your vision is the culmination and combination of the other three. Your vision captures your heart and mind and takes you into the future where you have realized the fulfillment of passion, purpose and values. Your vision allows you to pursue the impossible, to dream big and achieve amazing results. Take some time – write down your statements of purpose, passion, values and vision.