Have you ever been asked the questions: “What’s your purpose?” or “What’s your plan?” And did you answer immediately, struggle to put it into words or did you find yourself unable to answer? It’s a bit of a deep one for a Friday morning, I agree, but as much as it’s useful to have some idea about what you want, what you choose to happen next and what you’ll do to get there, it can feel daunting when someone uses those particular words. I’m personally a bit bored with them. And if you’re not sure either, maybe it’s the words “purpose” and “plan” that are off-putting. Rebrand them then. How about intention, objective, aim, strategy, intent, idea…?
So as not to put you off, I’ll refer to them as intention from here on in, as it feels like you’re in charge..
The thing is, you don’t have to be thinking years ahead, or even months or weeks. It could be something to be achieved by the end of the day. Neither does it have to be rocket science, brain surgery or moving mountains. Although an intention can be huge and deep, it can equally be small and easy. The point is that it’s up to you. As long as you’re making the choice, the call, the decision, it’s valuable.
Think about this…
- If you’re recovering from an illness or injury, your intention might need to be easily achievable: a series of tiny steps along a tricky path.
- If you’re learning something new, your intention might be to master a new fact, technique or have moved a short way towards doing that, before moving on to the next, gradually building a foundation for a whole new raft of knowledge.
- If you’re procrastinating (don’t roll your eyes!) what little, tiny thing could you make happen to approach the thing you’re procrastinating over?
- If you’re aware of a change happening within yourself, or want to change something in your life, you might want to start by writing down what really matters to you, to help clarify your feelings and thoughts about what to do next.
- If you’re struggling with your “why”, start with thinking about what you mean to those around you: the people you come into contact with often or occasionally. This is a very grounding, worthwhile exercise.
To work out an intention is not always easy. To move forwards alone can be daunting, so be sure to have a support network, small or large, to help. After all, you’d be happy to help someone else, wouldn’t you? Be brave and ask.
“Purpose and plan” can sound and feel a tad grandiose, a little pompous sometimes. Make it simple. And then make it happen.