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RESET Your Thoughts “On Purpose”

Posted on May 18th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in Blog, Reset Your Buttons Blog. 3 comments

RESETButton_feature Thinking of the phrase “on purpose” may conjure up negative thoughts. As a child, and even as an adult, you may have heard yourself saying “you did that on purpose.” While you may have been programmed to think this phrase was bad, it’s time to “RESET” your thoughts on this phrase and learn it is key to your success.  When you RESET your thoughts “on purpose” it is because you want to know that what you are doing has purpose and that it is “on purpose.” Your efforts should have meaning, count for something and matter. Ask yourself these questions to transform your negative message, feelings and attitude about “on purpose” and to achieve the following goals: 

  • Getting Through the Day: What deliberate action(s) can I take to move through my day “on purpose,” instead of because I have to, or no one else will? Am I driving the direction of my day or is it driving me? What focus can I bring to my efforts of accomplishing a task or achieving a goal instead of drifting through my day?
  • Thriving in Your Career: What is my purpose in this company/organization? Not what is my role, or my job description, but what is my purpose? What do the results of my efforts provide to the team, to the organization and to the community? This is not a mission statement. It is instead a purpose statement.
  • Volunteering Your Time: When asked to volunteer your time, ask what is the purpose of my efforts? What will I help (not hope) to accomplish? Does this organization’s goals and mission fit with my values and purpose? Is this something that will contribute to my legacy and the future of others?

Patrice Hinton Oswalt, a career counselor, teaches that before taking on something new or honoring someone else’s request, to ask how does this fit with your values – those things you hold dear and contribute to your life’s plan and purpose. For example, choose one thing that you are currently doing at work that you feel you are not doing “on purpose.” Maybe it’s creating a project report or even preparing your annual budget.  Is what you are doing automatic, or guilt, crisis management, or because no one else will? Decide now that for the next 30 days you will do this particular task “on purpose.” Whenever your mind or attitude drifts remember to refocus – or RESET – on the purpose of this activity. You’ll feel more purposeful, productive and back in control of what you set out to accomplish. Until next time…I remain…  Joyfully  yours, Mary Elizabeth Murphy

3 thoughts on “RESET Your Thoughts “On Purpose”

  1. G C maheshwari on said:

    In order to pursue the “purpose, one must keep the mind focused on that in the manner we keep our eyes fixed on the north star to find our direction lest we are lost in the wonderland of galaxies.Besides, there should be single mindedness in alignment with our own cherished values to achieve that purpose.

    • G C maheshwari on said:

      Further,one must keep constant vigil on time wasters for time is the finite resource available to one.

  2. Mary Elizabeth Murphy on said:

    Thank you G.C. for your contributions. I am especially sensitive to the finite resource of time. It is the great equalizer.

    How we choose to use our 1440 minutes everyday is what will be the difference in our individual success story.


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