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Ways to Take a Step Towards Greater Purpose

Blog: The bridge from where you are to where you want to be

Blog: “The simplest and easiest form of prototyping is a conversation”

Blog: The elephant at the piano

This next post is in the additional exercise this week. I find it helpful to do this every so often. It’s a simple way to be more intentional about how you spend your time.

Blog: Your perfect month

“My perfect month” - It’s not fancy, but it seemed to make a difference (Click on the image to read the blog post)

“My perfect month” - It’s not fancy, but it seemed to make a difference (Click on the image to read the blog post)

Related Chapters in Working Out Loud:

  • Chapter 8 - A Growth Mindset

  • Chapter 17 - Your Greater Purpose

Additional Exercises & FAQ

Something you can do in less than 20 minutes

If you’re struggling at all with what to write in your letter, or with the gap between what you wrote and where you are currently, then try this.

Read the three blog posts on this page under the heading “Ways to take a step towards greater purpose.”

Then spend the remaining time thinking of one experiment you could do related to your letter. Maybe it’s as simply as joining an online community related to the topic in your letter. Or reaching out to one person who already does what you would like to do and asking about their path to getting their. Or maybe it’s just posting on LinkedIn or your intranet, asking a simple question like, “How would you learn more about…?”

Take a small step now. It’s risk-free and doesn’t cost anything, and can unlock learning as well as identify other next steps you might take.

Q: My letter and the goal I chose for my Circle are so different. What should I do?

It’s fine, and yet you have options. You can stick with your current Circle goal and use a future Circle to pursue a goal more closely related to your letter. The skills you’re developing now will better prepare you to make progress towards something else next time.

Or you can change your goal. Yes, it’s already two-thirds into the process, but it’s been done before. Realizing your original goal isn’t as interesting as you thought doesn’t mean you’ve wasted your first seven weeks. Think of it instead as refining your sense of what you like and don’t like, and enabling you to turn your attention to something else. That’s excellent progress, and absolutely a part of “purposeful discovery.”

Examples, Templates & Media

My Letters

Blog: “A letter from your future self” (My letter from 2019)

Blog: “A letter from your future self” (My first letter from 2008)

Examples of Other Letters

“Make great things happen - Write a letter from your future self,” by Maria Brophy

“A letter from your future self,” by Share Ross

Examples of Aspirations

The word “aspiration” might sound lofty, and if you have something big and specific in mind, that’s great. But it needn’t be a big deal.

It might help to think of your aspiration as just a small signal to others, something that might make it easier for a relevant connection to be made. It could be as simple as an indication of interest, something that makes you human and goes beyond the usual job title.

  • “Life coach in training”

  • “Amateur astronomer”

  • “Curious about artificial intelligence”

  • “Aspiring singer/songwriter”

  • “My cookies are so good I was told I should open a bakery. Ask me for the recipe.”

You may have multiple aspirations, which is fine. One of mine, for example, is “Interested in spreading WOL in schools.”