The Tablelands Purpose Summit for Business 1.0 was a roaring success. No, let me say that differently: it was a whispering success.
Why would I say it that way? Because the technique for purpose finding which we all learnt and practiced last year was one that required less brain activity and adrenalin and more silence to drop into a quiet interior space where messages from intuition can be heard.
I squeezed that technique out of a much longer process taught to me by Tim Kelley, one of the teachers I have worked during years personal and business development, which, of course, I continue with today.
I have always been driven and, from a very young age, driven to seek my purpose.
Both iterations of the Tablelands Purpose Summit for Business have been amongst my most purposeful creations. It was so cool to develop the first Summit and realise just how many Tablelanders yearn for combining purpose and profit in their businesses. I suspect the over 50 participants in the Summit 1.0 were just the tip of the iceberg! There are lots of you out there who, like me, are not satisfied to just learn Facebook strategies, good accounting software,
This year, for the Summit 2.0, we at Startup and Innovation Tablelands (ST) have taken a branch of purpose work and woven it into a similar format with similar purposes to last’ year’s event.
I’ll write more about just what the format is and what you can expect in another piece.
Today I want to talk about my relationship to purpose, to limiting belief work and how they have improved my business and my life and how they might do the same for you!
My first go at creating a purposeful campaign arose at the tender age of 12, when I, with the stench of distillate from the inefficient inboard motor boats of the day in my nostrils, declared that we needed a “Pollution Resolution”. I was 12 in 1961, before Rachel Carsons’ groundbreaking environmental work, Silent Spring, had hit the presses.
That all but instinctive reaction to visible pollution on a pristine lake where we spent our summers was enough to launch a life-long passion for environmentalism. From then I sailed, rowed or swam where ever I wanted to go on Higgins Lake and even eschewed water skiing, which was so much fun it was hard to give up! And I have been part of the movement that has been a feature of my life right up to my 70th year with no signs of abating.
That kind of innate sense of purpose drove everything I did for the rest of my life.
But that first step into protecting the ecosystem (a word not yet in currency at that time) was hardly a business context.
So where did this urge for purpose and for digging into my own inner depths to find purpose and also calm make the change to include profit in my purposefulness?
I believe (and this may be a limiting belief, too!) that I made that transition when I re-started my competitive riding career, eventually ending up at the Barcelona Olympics. Our team( horses, trainer, myself and endless helpers), achieved our goal and were the only ones carrying the Australian flag for dressage in 1992.
Our goal was achieved. A big goal.
But was my purpose achieved? Or my feeling of purposefulness cultivated and blooming? Honest answer? No. Not at all.
I had not achieved my purpose as far as becoming a competent team leader and a collaborative team member was concerned. I won’t spin a long yarn about my failings! Trust me, my failings in that direction were many!
I had been infected with New Age-y spirituality, learnt endless alternative health techniques (horses are people, too, and they need alternative remedies just as we do), went on retreat after retreat, and soaked myself in self-improvement texts. However, I was still on a quest for something to make me a better person so I could make the world a better place.
I found Integral Meta-Theory. Or it found me. I opened up to a whole new world of perspectives I had never taken, to experiences I had never tasted, to a reliable road map for adult development—-and to taking business seriously as a path to self-improvement. Nothing makes you perform like the compunction of that bottom line!
I dove deeper and deeper into purpose techniques, into limiting belief work, into parts and shadow work, into the newly arising theories and practices of collaboration, especially those for best business practice for the scary aspects of the 21st century.
The more I delved into my inner work, the more effective my work in the world became. I began to drop or at least modify old behaviours, re-frame beliefs that no longer served me, and find new experiences in trusting and open collectives where I could safely expose my previously so well-defended self.
What came out of all that striving? In one sentence: a more effective, more kind, more gentle, more productive and definitively less aggravating and neurotic human being came out of that process. I gained the confidence to sit with my fears. I gained the confidence to find, expand, and proclaim my purpose to the world. I gained the confidence to invite others into the better space I was living in and to join me in purposeful and productive collectives which celebrate our humanness as much as our ability to get things happening in the world.