I have recently been revisiting the concept of passion and purpose, after a series of questions from my coachees on this topic.  It seems that there are many opinions and ideas around finding one’s passion and purpose, and that knowing when you’ve found it, is actually the most difficult part of all.

One of my passions in life is to find inspiration from beautiful and creative quotes and pictures and subsequently, to scroll around on Pinterest.  In my exploring of new ideas, I stumbled upon the most intelligible explanation of life purpose which I could find thus far.  In an online article written by Mark Manson on 7 strange questions that help you find your life purpose, he concludes that we all know we exist on this earth for an unknown period of time, to do stuff.  Some important and some not so important, and that in the end, it is the important focus areas in our lives that give meaning and happiness.  The unimportant things we do just kill time and actually waists time.  Mark says:  “So when people say, ‘What should I do with my life?’ or ‘What is my life purpose?, what they’re really asking is:  ‘What can I do with my time that is important?’”.

Which helped me to come to the conclusion that I want to break crayons with the time I have left, and I want to assist others in doing so too.  Breaking crayons, a concept discovered and developed by Robert Alan Black, simply means to ‘use your crayons in a different way’.  Sharpen it, turn it flat, break it and use it in new ways that you are not used to.  In other words, see afresh:

  • Look at the same challenges but from a different perspective;
  • Prototype and test new re-framed ideas;
  • Don’t be afraid to stretch and break boundaries; and
  • Explore, grow, expand, multiply, balloon and even explode!

You don’t have anything to lose, maybe just the ‘you’ that you were not created to be.

We will never know what we are capable of, where our true passion lies, who we really are and who and where we really need to be, if we don’t try new perspectives and new colored crayons.

As coach, working with different people in different aspects of their lives, I daily encounter this phenomenon, “I want to do something new” … So, if you can determine what you want to do with your time that is important, what it is that really makes you feel alive and energised, what it is that you are really good at doing and where in life you want to make a difference, then you are a few steps closer to feel that you have truly lived.

What can we do with our thyme that is important?  I suggest breaking crayons!



Contact Liesl for a coaching session if you would like to explore your passions and how to re-frame ‘old’ ideas.