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What is your Purpose?

What is Your Purpose?

What is your purpose?

We can say that we all have the same fundamental purpose: That is "To add value to the marketplace".

"The marketplace" means different things at different times. Sometimes, "the market- place" means your family. Often "the marketplace" means your customers; at other times, "the marketplace" means your colleagues, or your boss, or the whole organisation. At other times, "the marketplace" means your partner, or your friends.

Only if you add value to the marketplace, (other people), will others want to add value to you, in return.

Only if you are ready, willing and able, to add value to others, will others cooperate with you and work with you to make the current situation better.

Please remember this: You are not paid for the amount of work that you do. Instead, you are paid for the value that you add to the marketplace, ie you are paid relative to the value of the decisions you are entrusted to make. You need to add to the others around you. Strive to increase the amount of value you add, (or the amount that you can induce other people to add).

Make it your stated purpose to add more value, to more people.

How can you add more value to others and thus, get others to add more value to you?

Develop the "Six Major Keys of Rational Optimism".

1. Clarity of purpose: Goal focus

The ability to create clear, long range and valuable goals and to commit to them for as long as it takes to achieve them.

  • As opposed to drifting with NO clear goal; hoping that good fortune will smile on you.

2. Excellent communication skills: Accurate language

The ability to accurately explain your ideas to others, in such a way that they will understand you; agree with you; and will act in accordance with your ideas.

  • As opposed to excessive miscommunications, misunderstandings and disagreements.

3. Rational planner: Time management; prioritisation and prevention

The ability to analyse facts and formulate detailed, logical, written plans of action, that are capable of achieving the goal, in the most efficient manner possible. Time management, prioritisation, delegation and prevention.

  • As opposed to having no plan; and therefore, needing to react to circumstances; and as a result, always feeling that you are "fire-fighting".

4. Rational conflict management

The ability to resolve conflicts according to the principles of reason; the ability to harmonise the various personalities in the team, so that they are more able to synchronise their actions and be more likely to reinforce and complement each other.

  • As opposed to allowing conflicts to degenerate into emotionally charged character-clashes and internal squabbles: or having people continually conspiring against each other.

5. Inspire and motivate yourself (personal management)

The ability to maintain a positive mental attitude; a positive state of "rational optimism" and realistic self-confidence and to do so especially during tough times.

  • As opposed to losing your self-confidence after a criticism or after a series of defeats or setbacks.

6. Inspire and motivate other people (leadership)

The ability to inspire the positive emotions of self-belief, optimism and confidence in the minds of the other members of the team; and to do that especially during tough times.

  • As opposed to allowing excessive negativity, pessimism, cynicism, anger or fear to take hold of the team and weaken its spirit.

Perfect these six skills and you will be fully equipped to add more value to yourself and others.

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