You Are Bigger Than…

Dwyane Wade, a professional United States basketball player, has been collecting player’s jerseys during his last season.  Budweiser arranged for Wade to collect five more jerseys to complete his collection. 

Watch for yourself.

You are bigger than...

I watched this with a group of colleagues, and as we lingered in the emotion, we all experienced the power and inspiration contained in these three short minutes.

We each had a slightly different connection to the ad, and it was interesting to talk about how the ad impacted each of us uniquely.  As someone who is tempted to see my value through my performance, the words from Wade’s mom had deep meaning. She said:

“I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player. You are bigger than basketball.”

“I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player. You are bigger than basketball.” #purpose #pursuenoblegoal

Hearing these words made me pause and reflect. What am I bigger than? What am I striving for and how do I know that I’m striving for the right thing? What really matters in the end? What am I bigger than?

Take a few minutes this week to slow down and consider the following questions:

  • What are you striving for?
  • How do you know you are striving for the right thing?
  • If you strive for __________, what will you need to give up?
  • Is it worth it?
  • What are you bigger than?

Share this video with someone you are close to and discuss the same questions. What new insights do you have?

Jot down a few words that keep coming up for you that define what really matters to you. Come back to them often and make edits as needed.

Identify one or two ways you can get closer to the words you jotted down. Share these with a trusted friend/colleague/coach to hold you accountable.

Come back to these words often to check your progress.

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Slowing Down for Purpose

When I think of the words HEART and BRAIN, I think of two completely different things. 

The Heart
The heart serves a function, pumping needed blood and oxygen throughout my body. My heart beats in response to my emotion of anger, excitement, scared, and peace. I know I need to eat well, get sleep and exercise to keep my heart healthy. Other than that, I don’t really think about my heart throughout the day.

The Brain
My brain is another one of those organs I don’t really think much about (ironically!). The brain serves a function to protect me, interpret information, connect with others, store data, etc. etc. 

The Heart and The Brain Together
Of course, none of this is new to you. What might be interesting, however, is that ancient Chinese calligraphy uses the same symbol to represent both the heart and the brain.

It is believed that when the mind is unclouded, we experience things through the heart. Think about that for a minute.

When your heart is exposed, when you are having a true heart connection with someone or something, your mind is left with no obstacles. To your mind, your heart and mind are separate. To your heart, your heart and mind are one.

Find a quiet place. Close your eyes. Place your first two fingers on your wrist, and find your pulse. 

Sink into your pulse, clear your mind, and feel the rhythm of your own heartbeat. Rest in this position for 3 minutes.

In this rested state connected to your heart. What are your true passions? What drives you? To what purpose do you feel most connected?

Practice this time of slowing down several times this week. Make a journal note on your calendar summarizing what stands out to you.

Go back and look at your notes. What patterns do you notice? What new things stand out? What changes are needed? 

Share your new insights with someone. What do you need from them in this moment?

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What’s Your Why?

When you start with WHY, your ability to stand out, find support, and work to all your natural strengths will flourish. With practice, you will begin to trust your WHY?
Simon Sinek

The better you are able to articulate your why, the more others will know what you stand for and be able to help you make the right decisions. So how do you get started?

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Pursue Noble Goal Worksheet

Download the Purse Noble Goal Worksheet and set aside some time to complete it. Don’t rush this assignment.

Once you completed your first draft of your Noble Goal, share it with someone. How does it feel? 

Live with the Noble Goal you created and practice using it as a filter to the decisions and choices you make throughout the week. How is your Noble Goal impacting your relationships, effectiveness, well-being, and overall satisfaction?

Once you lived with your Noble Goal for a week, what feels right? What needs adjustment?

Plan to adjust your Noble Goal a few times to get it just right!

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What Gets You Out of Bed

One of Six Seconds’ criteria for a Noble Goal is that it’s applicable in every area of your life. Another one is that it inspires you and motivates you at a very deep level. In other words,  it gets you out of bed!

Watch this short video of Martin Luther King Jr. and feel the passion he has for his Noble Goal.

 

What type of world are you sure we need to create?

It’s important to note that no one needs to be famous or give public speeches to be pursuing a noble goal. I wanted to share this video because of the passion in it, but more often than not, noble goals are pursued in the less spectacular moments of life, like washing the dishes or dealing with a difficult coworker.

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman

Imagine overhearing someone talking about you years from now.  How do you want others to describe you? If you could handwrite the script, what do you want others to say about you? 

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

What are a few actions you can take today to create the world you want? 

Think about an area that triggers an auto-pilot reaction. What would happen if you moved from the reaction to responding based on long-term considerations?

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What is Pursue Noble Goal?

As you navigate moments of choice, your Noble Goal acts like a guide. It helps you decide where to turn and guides you to your destination point.

Pursuing your noble goals is the action of connecting your what, your how, and your why. It ensures that your are living your life in a way that is consistent with the change you wish to see in the world.

Let’s take a look at some defining characteristics of a noble goal.

Complete the Practice Sessions in this module to learn how to create your own Noble Goal.

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Making Quality Decisions

At the end of the day, the decisions we make largely determine the course and quality of our lives.

Some research estimates that we make around 35,000 decisions every single day, from relatively trivial choices like how much creamer to put in your coffee to big life decisions like where to invest your time and effort. All of these decisions add up to determine basically everything:

So how can you master this essential skill of making quality decisions?

According to research from Six Seconds’ extensive global database on emotional intelligence, the EQ skill that is most predictive of good decision making is the ability to exercise optimism; to generate multiple options to choose from in a given situation. But a close second is the EQ skill of pursuing noble goals, which is “connecting your daily choices with an overarching sense of purpose or mission.” People who have cultivated this skill tend to make better decisions. Why?

A Noble Goal is like a GPS for your life.

Every decision you make is a step in one direction in favor of another. It’s a choice, a turn. If you have a final destination in mind, it’s a game changer for navigating life’s complexities, especially in a world of incredible complexity.

You are starting from “Your location.” So where is the final destination?

The answer to this question will help you determine what to do when you reach all of the various decision points.

Take time this week to reflect on this one question: What do you want to contribute to the world? Don’t try to rush the answer, but instead linger in it throughout the week.

Initiate a conversation with a mentor, colleague, or close friend and pose this same question. How does it feel to dream about making a contribution to the world?

Consider reading an autobiography of someone you admire. What was their inspiration to make a difference? What can you learn from this person?

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Your Life GPS

Noble Goals are intentionally broad and expansive. They are intended to guide actions in every part of our lives, not just at work, testing every decision you make to see if it helps to bring your desired future into the present.

Noble Goals add foundational meaning to even mundane chores and responsibilities. They are empowering, and provide perspective when you get caught up in the currents of short-term thinking.

Noble Goal Sample

Michael Miller, Six Seconds Writer shares his Noble Goal and how it impacts his decisions.

NOBLE GOAL: Inspiring in myself and others a feeling that life itself is a gift.

At each of these moments of choice, my Noble Goal acts like a guide. It helps me decide where to turn to get to my ultimate destination.

Pursuing noble goals helps you connect your WHAT, your HOW, and your WHY. It ensures that your are living your life in a way that is consistent with the change you wish to see in the world.

Reflect on your Noble Goal. How does it, or how can it impact your choices throughout the day?

Based on your Noble Goal, what do you need to STOP, START, and/or CONTINUE?

Share your Noble Goal with someone and ask for accountability when it comes to aligning your choices to your goal.

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