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FROM CHAPTER ONE: "LIVING YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE":
"..the goal of this book is take you beyond mere discovery to commitment, purpose, passion and fulfilment: what we call Authentic Direction.
A very important concept to grasp up front is that commitment and purpose are two sides of the same coin, and that commitment comes before purpose.
We're continually frustrated by the number of people who seem to think that purpose is something mysterious and only bestowed upon a chosen few. They grumble, "I can’t find my purpose and I have no passion." What they don't realise is that before they can have that sense of purpose and passion, they must first make a commitment.
Passion comes from having a purpose, and purpose comes from having made a commitment. When you are truly committed, magic happens.
So, what are you going to commit to?
Ultimately that is what this book is about helping you decide what you will commit to. Once that commitment is made, your purpose will take hold and your Authentic Direction will unfold.
Truly successful people understand the need for that level of commitment. They understand that rarely does anything deeply rewarding come easily.
Having a clear vision of your life's work is now more important than ever before. There have been drastic changes in the workplace over the past decade and a real certainty about your Authentic Direction can help to immunize you from the effects of this turmoil.
And the pace of change is not going to slow down. In fact all indications are that it is going to get a whole lot faster.
Management visionary Tom Peters wrote recently that over the next 10 to 15 years, 90-plus percent of white collar jobs will disappear or be reconfigured beyond recognition.
Your Authentic Direction Statement (ADS)
This book provides you with a unique methodology to uncover what we call your Authentic Direction Statement. Your ADS is simply a series of sentences, including your Life's Purpose and Ideal Career, which together articulate your Authentic Direction.
This chapter introduces the process, while chapters two, three and four provide your unique raw materials which you feed into it. The final chapter - chapter five - guides you through the process step-by-step.
It is important to regard your Authentic Direction Statement as a work in progress that you will continue to develop and refine as you move through your career and life. The tools and methodologies that you are about to learn provide you with the means to firstly get in touch - and then to stay in touch over time - with the real you!
Are you getting excited? You should be, because this material has the potential to change your life!"
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