Taking Charge of Your Life

Chapter 1 - Your Purpose

Knowing Yourself

A central goal of the 'Taking Charge of Your Life' programme is to assist you in understanding yourself and what you really want from life.

Leadership scholar Warren Bennis observes:

'Knowing yourself is the most difficult task any of us faces. But until you truly know yourself, strengths and weaknesses, know what you want to do and why you want to do it, you cannot succeed in any but the most superficial sense of the word.'  Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader

Dan Kaplan, president of the Hertz Rental Corporation, writes of his own self-knowledge:

'I know who I was, who I am, and where I want to be. So in other words, I know the level of commitment I am prepared to make and why.'  Dan Kaplan, The Credibility Factor (a video by P Jordan)

Brian Tracy, a leading authority on success and motivation, writes about the imperative of a clear sense of direction.

'To be truly happy, you need a clear sense of direction. You need a commitment to something bigger and more important than yourself.'  Brian Tracy, Maximum Achievement

Take a few minutes to ask yourself...

  • What are my values – the things that really count?
  • What difference does my life make?
  • Do I have a personal sense of purpose?
  • Does my life have more to offer – is there more to discover?