Event: Goal Digging With Meaning and Impact
On Saturday, a friend and I hosted some other girlfriends to a workshop facilitated (exceptionally so) by Mpume Langa - the previous Chairperson of the Businesswomen's Association in Durban. The topic of the workshop was Goal Digging With Meaning and Impact, the purpose being to help us set meaningful goals that having a lasting impact on our society and families. Fundamental to setting such goals, as Mpume taught us, is to have context and purpose. Let me explain:
After the ice breaker, Mpume kicked off the workshop by sharing some gripping headlines and stories from around the world. I was confused, what does Putin's and Trumps relationship have to do with my goals? Well, in a few minutes it was revealed. In order to set meaningful goals you need to think beyond your immediate surroundings and everyday routine. You need to have a broader worldview, greater perspective and understand the true world order. This will give you context, which can help you define your purpose and then your goals.
Look around you, read the news now and then, keep abreast of current affairs and do you own research to vet what the media portrays. Travel, see how other people live outside of your own city, province and country. Listen to what people say about your own country. Speak to leaders from organisations other than the one that you are employed at, speak to entrepreneurs trying to make it in various economies. Get to know the world you live in, then ask yourself these questions:
What Do I Hate About The World? - This could be something like inequality or poverty.
What Feeds What I Hate? - In essence, what is the root cause of what you hate?
Having some understanding about the world you live in and what you hate about it, can give you an idea about the purpose your existence, as it stands, serves. A life with purpose is a life well-lived. You wake up knowing what you are about, what problem you are trying to solve, and one day you will hopefully lay in peaceful rest with the satisfaction that you made your mark whilst you were here. Cue "I Was Here" by Beyoncé haha.
To help us define our purpose, Mpume asked us to answer these questions:
What Do I Stand For? - What qualities charactise you as a person. For example, one of mine was possibility because I believe that there is always a way.
Why Must I Live? - If there was a group going around shooting people to death all over the world, but when they came to you, they asked you why you should live, what would your answer be?
What Is The Meaning I'm Seeking or What Makes Me Wake Up Every Morning? - Even when I don't feel like getting up in the morning, what is that core driving force that pushes me to start the day?
With these questions answered, it makes it easier to define our purpose in life and with that we can craft our very own personal manifestos - our life's intentions and motives. Once you are clear on your intentions and motives, then you can set goals to help you live a life that reflects them! Mind, blown.
This was such a phenomenal workshop, take a look at the video below for a snippet of how it went down.
I can't wait for the next one! We'll also be hosting these in Johannesburg soon, stay tuned to my social media for details!
xo - Nhlaks