For those not familiar with our Life Design Catalyst Program, we are guided by our SPARCK Model – Story, Purpose, Aspirations, Reflection, Connection, and Kick-Start. Here’s a graphical representation of the model:
All of our Design Your Life classes are based on the principles of this model, where we try to fit the six processes as a part of the curriculum. This week, the students are completing the first part of the process – creating and sharing their story with this classmates through the My Life Story Poster and Presentation. (Note: I will share more about this Project in Wednesday’s blog post.)
Once they complete their story, we will move on to the “Purpose” part of the process – where they will eventually come up with a Meaningful Work Statement – a statement that describes how they plan to use their talents and gifts and their interests to serve the world in a more profound way.
To help define/decide your purpose/meaning, you may need to start with passion. If you don’t know or aren’t sure what you are passionate about, it may be useful to just start – with anything. The one thing I’ve noticed is that you can’t THINK your way to your passion – you have to engage in activities and find those things that resonate with your heart and your soul. It may be one thing, it may be many things; the key is to start with something and see where it takes you. This is where you DO stuff to find your passion, not think about stuff.
As we move into the self-awarenss part of purpose exploration, we’ll address passion a few times in this segment. Do you have a passion for at least one thing in your life? If not – and you don’t know where to start, check out this great article:
- “The Secret to Finding Your Passion (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)” – http://www.oprah.com/supersoulsunday/The-Secret-to-Finding-Your-Passion-Hint-Its-Not-What-You-Think_1
It may provide the impetus to get you started on the purpose journey.