Recently, I published the article "Habits of Highly Effective Higher-Ed Professionals," talking about how (and why) higher-ed professionals need to take Stephen R. Covey's advice about "sharpening the saw" to life. That article stressed the importance of professional development to our careers and our effectiveness. Now I want to take a step further and discuss another habit of highly effective higher-ed professionals: creating a purpose statement to provide your career and life with lasting fulfillment. It sounds simple, but often is anything but.
I'll talk about:
- Why you need to shift from pursuing happiness to pursuing purpose
- What constitutes "purpose"
- How to create a purpose statement that will guide your life and career