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Chapter 3. Making Distinctions > Vision and Goals in Relation to Purpose

Vision and Goals in Relation to Purpose

When people have a vision, it often leads them to set long-term goals. Perhaps your vision is to be a leader in your company. It may take you 20 years to develop the skills and acquire the knowledge that will allow you to step into a senior management position. When you achieve this, you may be surprised to find that an emptiness follows. That is because you mistook a long-term goal and vision for your purpose. When the goal is achieved, there isn’t anything to take its place and you can feel as if you have lost your purpose. You have not lost your purpose. You need to find it.

Many people in their 30s and 40s believe they are living on purpose when in fact they are pursuing long-term goals. The achievement of the goals and subsequent feelings of emptiness can lead to a time of introspection and questioning. That may be why you are reading this book right now.


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