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Imagine Your Life Purpose Quiz

Your Life Purpose

John Lennon once said, “Life is something that happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” Of course, you can listen to Woody Allen, who famously said: “Half of life is just showing up.”

Are you a leader who would like to reinvent yourself and have a more fulfilling life and career. For over thirty years, I have been working with people to discover their purpose and passion to create work that is fulfilling and delivers happiness.

It takes self-awareness, energy and an entrepreneurial spirit to discover your true passion, identity and the work that you are meant to be doing. I have practiced mindfulness meditation for many years and enjoy work serving others that is filled with joy and financial well-being.

I received a call from one of my former executive coaching clients last week. He had been working as a senior executive for a high tech company in Silicon Valley for ten years, but was feeling he was on automatic no longer fully engaged.

We discussed his desire to end his current situation, but his emotional connection to several team members was making it difficult to leave. He knew my passion for helping people co-create a plan for the next chapter in their lives. We set up a coaching meeting to focus on a self-knowledge process to reveal a new meaningful work direction.

Life is to be lived to its fullest maximizing your capability. I have coached hundreds of leaders and lawyers to create happier and more productive work lives. You can choose to work with an executive coach to help facilitate your career reinvention or practice self-coaching. 

If you could create a plan that would fulfill your dreams for purposeful work what would it be? Create a positive intention with kindness and self-compassion that will guide your life. The following quiz may help you uncover your heart’s intention for an inspired life.

"There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. . . And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, happiness, wisdom, and love, it's the right choice." -- Angeles Arrien

                                        Imagine Your Life Purpose Quiz

Take this True or False Self-Insight Quiz to determine whether you are living a life aligned with your true purpose.

1. When I get up in the morning I am excited about the day ahead.

2. I love the work I do and am intrinsically motivated — external rewards I consider “icing on the cake.”

3. My work makes me feel fulfilled and motivated rather than drained and exhausted.

4. In my free time, I participate in activities that I’m passionate about and that reflect my purpose.

5. I know what my greatest talents and strengths are, and apply those attributes to my work.

6. I know I’m living my true purpose when I contribute to others well-being.

7. My personal and professional life is in alignment with my core values.

8. I consistently base my decisions on my beliefs and values, not on the expectations of others.

9. If money were not an issue, I wouldn’t change much of how I lead my life.

10. My work environment is supportive of my personality and talents, and allows me to express my true self.

11. When my work environment doesn’t fully utilize my unique abilities, I make a positive change.

12. My good (and great days) at work far outweigh the occasional “bad” days.

13. My work is enjoyable and often feels like play.

14. By fulfilling my dreams and desires, I am making a positive contribution to world peace.

15. Discovering one’s life purpose is a mindfulness contemplative process asking questions of my inner-self.

16. I pursue interests that make me happy, and accept others who may be different

17. I focus on living a life that matters.

18. The stories I tell myself enhance my confidence and self-esteem.

19. I challenge my limiting beliefs, and ask myself “Is it true”.

20. I am resilient in the face of adversity.

If you answered many of these questions false, you may benefit from discovering how to live a life on purpose. Living a purposeful life is as much about how things are done (with love, attention, passion and focus for example) as it is about what is done. It’s also a great way to feel fulfilled regardless of the “job” you may find yourself in.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." —Victor Frankel

"Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run -- in the long-run, I say! -- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."~ Viktor Frankl from Man's Search for Meaning

Are you working in a company or law firm where executive/career coaches help people align their purpose with the company’s vision? Does your organization provide executive coaching for leaders who are leading meaningful careers? Enlightened leaders tap into their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills to create a more fulfilling future.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Am I clear about my life purpose?” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching to help leaders engage in fulfilling work.

Working with a seasoned executive coach and leadership consultant trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-I, CPI 260 and Denison Culture Survey can help leaders gain self-knowledge. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company or law firm.

Working Resources is a San Francisco Bay Area Executive Coaching Firm Helping Innovative Companies and Law Firms Assess, Select, Coach, Engage  and Retain Emotionally Intelligent Leaders; Executive Coaching; Leadership Development; Performance-Based Interviewing; Competency Modeling; Succession Management; Culture Change; Career Coaching and Leadership Retreats

"Imagine" – John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

...About Dr. Maynard Brusman

Dr. Maynard Brusman
Consulting Psychologist and Executive Coach
Trusted Advisor to Senior Leadership Teams

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist and executive coach. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies select and develop emotionally intelligent leaders.  Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica. The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded Dr. Maynard Brusman "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

“Maynard Brusman is one of the foremost coaches in the United States. He utilizes a wide variety of assessments in his work with senior executives and upper level managers, and is adept at helping his clients both develop higher levels of emotional intelligence and achieve breakthrough business results. As a senior leader in the executive coaching field, Dr. Brusman brings an exceptional level of wisdom, energy, and creativity to his work.” — Jeffrey E. Auerbach, Ph.D., President, College of Executive Coaching

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