Purpose – Activity: Uncover hidden talents.
When you have purpose, you know how you will use your talents to add value to life. To uncover hidden talents, look for the intersection between: what you’re best at, what you love to do the most, & what the world needs most.
Ikigai is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “the reason you get up in the morning,” and describes finding this intersection. There are various ways to look for clues to purpose, but self-assessment is a good place to start.
- INTERESTS (Holland Codes) – tools to explore interests
- PERSONALITY (Myers-Briggs, DISC, Keirsey) – tools to explore personality
- SKILLS – tools to explore skills See also Skills Employers Want
- STRENGTHS (SWOT form at Do a SWOT Analysis) – tools to explore strengths
- PERSONAL QUALITIES – tools to explore personal qualities
- TALENTS – tools to explore talents
- VALUES (Values Worksheet) – tools to explore values
- Create a Value Statement – see a Unique Selling Proposition
- Tools for exploring talents at the Daily Planit wiki
Especially notice times when activities capture your attention so much that you lose track of time while you are focused on them – the state of flow.
Flow requires your sole attention. Focus requires your soul attention.
Use this information to create a personal mission statement that will focus your soul attention.
- Brand and Purpose Toolkit
- The Name Your Talent Exercise from the book “Is Your Genius at Work?” by Dick Richards.
- Find Focus with Goals: Identify areas to focus on with a Goal Shift Chart or Energy Level Gauge.
A year of personal development is weekly activities for 12 months – each month a focus on a different life area: