Developing Your Clarity of Purpose and Direction is Your First Step in Creating the Life and Career Success You Want and Deserve

Cynthia Brian is a friend of mine.  She runs a non-profit called Be the Star You Are.  It’s mission is to empower women, families, and youth through improved literacy, tools for living and positive media.  She has just released her third book — Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers, Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World.

When Cynthia asked me to contribute a chapter, I jumped on the opportunity.  My chapter is called the “Gift of Clarity.”  I’m posting it here.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

The Gift of Clarity

Clarity of purpose and direction begins with a clear picture of how you define success.  When I was 25, if you asked me what I wanted to be doing 40 years later, I would have told you, “Running a one person consulting, coaching and speaking business from my house.”  Guess what?  I have been running a one person consulting, coaching and speaking business from my house ever since 1988.  My clarity of purpose propelled me toward my goal.

I have a friend who is a serial entrepreneur.  He started a software business when he was 27.  He built it up and sold it to a major computer manufacturer by the time he was 35.  He has since started and sold four other companies.  His clarity of purpose lies in the challenge of creating something new, building it into a viable, sustainable business and then moving on.

I have another friend who recently retired as the Executive VP of Human Resources for a Fortune 50 company.  We were chatting a few days ago.  She told me that when she was in college, she decided that she was going to join a good company and work her way up the ladder.  She took an entry level HR job with a company she liked.  It took her over 25 years, but she eventually became her company’s Executive VP of Human Resources

Her son is different.  He isn’t interested in climbing the corporate ladder, or in being an entrepreneur.  He wants an interesting job where he can contribute, but he doesn’t want to spend inordinate amounts of time at work.  He wants to spend as much time with his family as he can.  His definition of success is different from his mother.

All four of the people I have described above are successful – according to their clarity of purpose.  That’s because there is no one correct definition of professional success.  There are as many definitions as there are people in this world.  Your definition of professional success is what’s right for you – not anyone else.  I would not have been happy building and selling a number of businesses in succession, climbing a corporate ladder or working for a large company in an individual contributor position.  However, as you can tell from the stories of the three people above, they were.  They knew what they wanted and they went after it.

That’s why defining your clarity of purpose is so important.  Your clarity of purpose provides both a foundation and launching pad for your success.  The old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know when you get there” is a cliché but true.  Getting clear on your personal definition of success is the first step to becoming a career and life success.

If you haven’t already done so, I suggest you take some time and think about your clarity of purpose?  How do you define success for yourself?  Keep that purpose and definition of success in mind as you go about your daily business.  Think about how what you do can help you reach your purpose.

Defining your personal clarity of purpose is the first step in becoming a personal and professional success.  Use your purpose in life to guide your career and life decision making.  Once you are clear on what you want from life, it becomes relatively easy to determine what you need to do to get you there.  It all begins with clarity – and only you can determine what success means for you.

There are 54 other chapters,written by 30 other contributors in Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers.  They are all worth reading.  While you can get the book on Amazon, I suggest you go to the Be the Star You Are website and purchase it there.  In that way, more of your money will go to helping Cynthia continue her work of empowering women, families and youth.

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  1. Susan Osborn says:

    Loved your contribution. Enjoy your daily email and regularly share things from it with my network. thank you.

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