"The great and glorious masterpiece of humanity is to know how to live with a purpose." -- Montaigne”Michel de Montaigne, 1533 CE, France
The first day of the 21-Day Purpose Challenge is the most important! So please make sure you carve out at least 30 minutes to complete today’s two short exercises (The Purpose Triangle and Morning Ritual Exercise) in today’s Challenge. If you do this, you’ll get your purpose statement, one sentence that distills and expresses who you are at your deepest level. This statement is evolutionary in that it will change over time as you revisit it. It is also a decision making tool, empowering you to choose based on which option most expresses or serves your purpose.
The second exercise is to create and commit to performing your 1-3 minute Morning Purpose Ritual. This empowers you to begin each day with the deepest truth of your life. Research proves that it takes only 3 weeks to make or break a habit, and creating your purpose ritual and performing it for three weeks will empower you to begin each day of the rest of your life with your most deep truth, to create each day intentionally in a way that serves who you are.
But first, a note on resistance. If for any reason you feel you don’t want to continue with the 21-Day Purpose Challenge, and there are thousands of reasons, it is likely you are experiencing resistance. This is natural, normal and to be expected. Inside each of us are a number of stories and reasons not to change our lives, and each of these stories and reasons are capable of pulling the emergency brake and stopping the whole process of self-discovery. What this looks like is any one of a number of possible judgments about the program, the exercises, the teachers, your life, your priorities, your job, your relationships, etc.
Each judgment will finish with “therefore, stop doing the 21-Day Purpose Challenge!” When this happens, it is important to recognize that is happening and then share this resistance immediately, either with a friend who is also doing the Challenge, or in the private online learning community. By merely stating that resistance is there and sharing it with someone else, the resistance loses power. You can also ask for support from your friends and the group. Ask them if this happens to them as well, and what they suggest to get through it. In Module 4 (Day 10), you’ll learn powerful tools to do this yourself, but until then, you’ll need to rely on others if you’re feeling, stuck, resistant or otherwise unexcited about completing the 21-Day Purpose Challenge.
The Purpose Triangle Exercise
This short 30 minute exercise empowers you to create your purpose statement (or update it if you already have one). The exercise ventures through the three key realms of purpose - Being (aka Essence), Talents (aka Gifts) and Mission (the 4th realm, Context, is included in Mission), and helps you create your purpose statement using all three realms of purpose. If you want to go deeper with each realm of purpose, start here:
You’ll need a few things before you start. You’ll need a quiet space, 30 mins, a pen and your journal that you’ll use for the rest of the Purpose Challenge. When you’re ready, you can start listening to the exercise on the web, here:
Or on the phone, here: 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 64250460 when prompted for it. You can pause this recording by pressing 1, rewind 1-minute by pressing 2, and go forward 1-minute by pressing 3.
Morning Purpose Ritual
At the end of the Purpose Statement exercise there is the prompt to rewrite your purpose statement once a day for 7 days, empowering you to make it more fresh, more relevant to you. This is the first piece of your Morning Purpose Ritual. For the next 7 days, you’ll take a couple minutes to rewrite your purpose statement, seeking to make it more lively, more powerful, to reveal the deeper truths of who you are. The exercise goes as follows:
After the 7th day of doing this, review the previous 7 purpose statements and settle on one statement that you will use for the rest of the Purpose Challenge. If you feel like amending your purpose statement, you are welcome to do that again and at any time, of course, in the future. Make sure that your purpose statement is part of your purpose ritual each day for the remainder of the Purpose Challenge, so placing it on your mirror, door, cellphone or computer is a good way to make sure it is top of mind first thing in the morning.
As with every morning that follows in the 21-Day Challenge, please complete your purpose ritual, which should include at least the rewriting of your purpose statement for the first 7 days, and eventually include new elements of your choosing, e.g. vision board (Day 8), prayer, chanting or meditation. All in your ritual should take 1-3 minutes each morning, with steady consistent focus.