“Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.” EM Forrester
As no human is an island, to be on purpose is to take your purpose out into the world. The first step of doing this is to build your Purpose Team, a group of high-accountability people who you respect and trust, who will help you refine, express and live your purpose in the world.
First, open your journal and make a list of 5 people who you respect and trust. Ideally, these folks are people who are already living purposefully. Who in your life is on-fire with purpose? Odds are you know at least 1 or 2 people who are living truthfully and in alignment. Other folks to consider for your Purpose Team are folks who love or care for you, but are not attached to what your purpose looks like, how your purpose takes shape. These are folks who support you unconditionally in living a full, happy, healthy and abundant life.
This distinction is important as those closest to us, like our parents, siblings and love partners, may not be the best choices for our Purpose Team, although they love and support us in many ways. Often people in our inner circle have some kind of attachment to what our purpose looks like, specifically the money we may earn from acting on it, or the time and money required to realize it.
It is wisest to include people in your Purpose Team who are accountable, encouraging, curious, accepting and positive. Be sure to exclude anyone from your Purpose Team who may be judgmental, negative or resistant to you making changes in your life, in living your purpose fully. The folks in your inner circle that give you resistance, judgement or negativity will need to be included later, but for now, in the early stages, you need to keep your purpose safe, so keep the evolution of your purpose in a secure protected environment.
Much as you stake off and weed a seedling in your garden, your purpose also needs attention, safety and care in the early stages. List these five people with this in mind. They might not even be that involved in your daily life, perhaps they are cousins, or old friends from childhood or school. What is essential is that these five people share at least one quality: their unconditional love and support for you.
List the 5 people here, their qualities, their interests, their skills, their networks:
Purpose Team Member #1
Purpose Team Member #2
Purpose Team Member #3
Purpose Team Member #4
Purpose Team Member #5
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