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To help individuals discover, discern, clarify, and live their live's true purpose through coaching and supporting their success.
Live and Work on Purpose Newsletter March, 2008
Welcome to the first issue of the "Live and Work on Purpose" newsletter. You recently subscribed to my mailing list and you have waited patiently for the first newsletter. It has arrived!
What better time than spring to launch a newsletter about life purpose? As winter comes to a close and spring's blooms prepare to open, we take this opportunity to think about how we want to give bloom to a new life of purpose.
In this issue, I have an inspirational story to share about a man whose product we all know. While you may know his product, however, you might not know about the purpose-driven man behind the product. Also in this issue, I hope you will read more about "visioning"; the first step in truly living your life purpose.
I'm looking forward to joining you on this journey. Happy Springtime!
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Profile on Purpose: Truett Cathy It's not just about chicken!
by Bradley Davidson
Have you heard of Truett Cathy? If you have, then I know you'll want to continue reading this article to re-inspire yourself. If you haven't heard of him, I am certain you have heard of his company. He founded Chick-Fil-A. You know...home of the cows holding signs that say "Eat More Chicken!"
Truett Cathy founded Chick-Fil-A in the early 1960s. Today, it has grown into the second-largest quick-serve chicken restaurant chain in the United Stated with sales of over $2 billion. Chick-Fil-A is part of Truett's story of his own life-purpose-come-true.
Truett Cathy is unashamedly Christian. For Truett, Chick-Fil-A is not just about chicken. It's about making a difference in the lives of other people. The passions of Truett Cathy are giving kids a chance, teaching leadership and responsibility, giving to others, and inspiring people to achieve their own greatness. "We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well," Truett says.
Truett Cathy was born on March 14, 1921 in Eatonton, Georgia. Always having a mind and heart for business, he opened his first diner in Atlanta in the 1940s. Despite several setbacks (for example, one of his diners burned to the ground), Truett perservered and believed in his dreams. He eventually invented the chicken sandwich which is now the staple of his business. A few years later, he founded the Chick-Fil-A chain. Even during this time of profound business success, Truett Cathy remains focused on what is important in his life...his relationship with God. Chick-Fil-A's official Corporate Purpose Statement is "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-Fil-A."
Today, Truett Cathy's vision of service to others thrives. In 1984, he founded the Winshape Foundation, devoted to shaping winners. The foundation supports foster care programs, summer camps, and scholarship programs...all with the purpose of helping children grow into responsible, successful adults. Truett Cathy has a purpose and he's living it in a big way. All of this didn't happen by accident. Truett Cathy has a vision for the world. That vision has led, motivated, and inspired him to achieve this greatness.
Do you have a clear vision in your life? Does that vision direct, motivate, and inspire you each day?
It All Starts with "Vision"
by Bradley Davidson
"I want to live with purpose," many of my clients say, "but where do I start?" It all starts with a "vision".
"Vision" is the strong belief and knowledge of "what could be...and should be", says Andy Stanley in his book Visioneering. Your true vision will grab you and not let go. You think about it when you wake up and when you go to bed. It will drive you and it will motivate you. It will guide your planning process. It will be the center of your life and of your thinking.
How do you find your vision? Often, your vision finds you. It often starts with a very personal belief that something in your life or the world could be (and should be) different. To draw an example from the article about Truett Cathy, chances are that Truett believes that children could (and should) have a better opportunity to be nurtured, to learn, and to grow into responsible, successful adults. That vision likely drives everything he does.
So, what do you need to do to understand your vision? First of all, be conscious of your thoughts about "what could be and what should be." Meditate and pray that you will be open to God's vision for your life. Pay attention to His speaking to you.
Engaging the help of a life coach is a great way to gain clarity on your vision and purpose. The coach doesn't provide the answer but instead helps you find the answers, stay focused, build a strategy, and hold you accountable for making progress in your journey.
As a life coach, I would enjoy the opportunity to discuss your life purpose with you. I offer a free 30-minute coaching session so that you can decide, for yourself, if coaching is for you. If you'd like to give it a try, visit my website at www.liveandworkonpurpose.com to schedule your free session.
Entire contents of this newsletter Copyright 2008 - Bradley Davidson