What is your Major Transformative Purpose?
How do we create a very clear goal with a highly desirable outcome? We all have goals, but digging down deep, what is yours? And what do you do when you get there?
Having a clear goal will help you tigger flow, that state of consciousness that everyone wants to be super productive. A clear goal can be life-saving in the case of a skydiver or Formula 1 racer.
Lets look at some steps to get to a clear and desirable goal in order to trigger flow:
Step #1 — What is you higher purpose? Steven Kotler, today’s modern flow guru will say that you must have a Major Transformative Purpose (MTP). My MTP happens to be to save the world from climate change through the use of economic development. Start to determine your higher purpose by writing down a list of all the things that concern you.
Step #2 — Be Curious and Play — Now look at this list and see what really strikes you. What idea or ideas on this list make you wonder, think, or want to dig in deeper. Which of these topics if you had an afternoon available would you do some research on? Pull those ideas or concerning items form the list. Play with them and ask yourself what do they mean to you.
Step #3 — Create Linkages — Look at the short list and see what linkages there might be. In my case climate change challenges fit nicely into opportunities for new business attraction, entrepreneurship development or local business expansion, all elements of economic development.
Step #4 — Create your Major Transformative Purpose. — Write out you MTP and play with it, revise it make it part of your intrinsic motivation. It will drive you and generate that clear, highly desirable goal you need to get into flow.
This is the first step and characteristic of flow. Next time we will look at how to distill your MTP into a more workable set of true north challenges.
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