May 12, 2017
In a time where more and more people have the opportunity of deciding how to spend their time and what they want to do with their lives, also more people struggle with anxiety of not knowing what they should be doing or even lacking the courage of taking the firsts steps towards it. Needless to say, the process of figuring this out can be complex, layered and very lonely. This is why I started Dream Facilitation.
“Dream Facilitation is an empowering consultancy for people who want to investigate, plan and implement projects to fulfill their life purpose. Dream Facilitation is there to guide people through the process of acknowledging their dreams, and to then support them in taking actions necessary towards living a fulfilling life. It is a six months process that involves both personal and professional aspects of the dreamers. It includes self-awareness exercises as well as the actual hands-on support on strategic planning and solving operational issues such as the financial structure, marketing positioning, team building, etc.”
"Dream Facilitation is there to guide people through the process of acknowledging their dreams, and to then support them in taking actions necessary towards living a fulfilling life."
There are many life and career coaches whose focus is to support individuals in finding their purpose. Also, many business consultants help individuals and organizations to find out the best strategy and how to actually make things happen. However, until now I never met another professional who brings these things together, focusing specifically in one's dreams in life.
For the past years life purpose has been a topic for me. I truly believe that we all have a reason for being in this world. Purpose is something so important that the term is becoming a common sense. People are using it without understanding its real meaning, such as happened with the term 'sustainability' or 'creative economy'. It is important to emphasize two things:
In corporate environments, purpose is also being misunderstood. Business schools and CEOs commonly say that the purpose of companies is to maximize shareholders value. But is this really why organizations exist? Do people wake up and go to work motivated saying "let's all maximize value for shareholders today!" I don't think so. Or at least they shouldn't.
Therefore, it is the mixture of four pillars:
1 - Values of life: principles that guide relationships, behaviors and decisions.
2 - Future vision: the future you want to create.
3 - Mission: how you intend on doing.
4 - Unique contribution: What is the unique touch you have to offer based on your life experience.
The good news is that we each have the power to create meaning to our lives. It doesn't have to be an exact science, but understanding what your ideal life looks like will help you know what steps you need to take to create this reality; to live your dream.
"If you know your Why, you can deal with any What, Where and When"
Therefore, I would like to share some insights on how can people start investigating their life purpose. That is a combination of exploring your inner and outer world. It is important to reinforce that it is not an exact science; therefore we shouldn't pressure ourselves for answers. The most important step is having the intention of acknowledging yours, and respecting its time.
Start by answering the following questions:
Take the time to analyze your answers: what do they have in common? Do they connect? As shown by the mandala above, your purpose is a combination of all those answers.
After that, take some time to reflect on your past life. Think about:
This is what I call 'Connecting the Dots' exercise. As Steve Jobs said "we can only connect the dots looking backwards". Therefore, finding out themes, recurring words and patterns in the stories can be an indicator of what is your purpose.
Last but not least, Simon Sinek's Golden Circle helps us visualizing the difference between purpose (why), values (how), and life activities - career, studies, etc. (what). As it turns out, very few people and organizations can clearly articulate Why they do what they do. And once you discover your purpose, the key is to think, act and communicate from the inside-out: starting with the Why. "By communicating your purpose or cause first, you communicate in a way that drives decision-making and behavior. It literally taps the part of the brain that influences behavior" says Sinek.
In case things are getting too deep and complicated, don't panic! There is no hush or pressure to find out your purpose. It can be that at some point you have a blinding insight and 'discover' yours. However, most commonly this 'aha' moment never comes. Instead, you stick to your ideas, talents and passions, and live a life truly to yourself. Trust in your guts, follow your heart, and believe that the dots will connect in the future. Purpose is always a process; is your own unique life journey.
That is just the beginning of Dream Facilitation's process. If you're interested in finding more about it or feel that you want to become a dreamer, it will be a pleasure to meet you! Send me an email or visit my website :)
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