Disrupting Failure – Part One

We often focus on success and over the next few weeks I want to focus on three reasons why people fail. As a society we don’t like to talk about failure so over the next three weeks, three key reasons people fail. While not rivetingly new information it may provide a fresh perspective to success and practical tips to have you succeed at your endeavours and not fail. Because the key is that you don’t have to be smarter than everyone else, or better looking or more connected, or luckier to be successful. And what you do have to have is focus.

I have seen failure too many times – in my own life and in others because of not being totally clear on the purpose. Failure comes from a lack of clarity. On the other hand to be successful, you have be be totally clear and focused on who you want to be, what you want to achieve, why you want it and how you’re going to get it

Most people are not clear. They want to be successful and when you ask them more about what they want to achieve, the who, the what, the why, the how questions there’s a whole lot of umms and ahhs and maybes. The average person has no clear purpose. They simply coast through life looking for the next small pleasure and trying to avoid pain as much as possible. The average business person has no real why to what they are doing. They are looking for that next get rich quick scheme thinking money is the all round purpose for business success.

Does this sound like you? Do you have an over-reaching purpose for being alive? A reason to get up every morning? Or are you just drifting, being pulled along by the currents around you, simply doing as people direct or ask you.

Today I want to give you some ideas of what your purpose could be as this maybe an entirely new concept to you, or you may have just simply lost your focus in the busyness of life today. We will look specifically at three layers of purpose. Your life purpose, your business or job purpose, your weekly purpose.


And, it all starts with your big picture, your dreams, your desires for the future. I have a wonderful tool that helps you dig deep into this area and today for the time we have together, lets start with life purpose and let me give you a couple of ideas about what your life purpose could be. Read them and see if any strike a chord with you.

  • to create a beautiful, happy family
  • to be a master in my field
  • to have enriching relationships
  • to make a major contribution to humankind
  • to change the world
  • to help as many people as possible
  • to have amazing adventures
  • to enjoy every day
  • to be a strong independent person
  • to be a leader
  • to leave a legacy

If none of these fit for you, simply read them again, then take a moment to write 2-3 possibilities that appeal to you. Then simply write them so they hit the nail on the head for you. Remember this is your life purpose nobody else’s, so it only has to make sense to you. And, it doesn’t really matter what your life’s purpose is. It’s completely up to you and totally personal. What does matter, is that you have one.

I have still got it written down from when I first ever did this exercise – My Life Purpose: To make the most of every day inspiring, setting an example for others | To help others have more fun, realise they have a choice and can live a life in complete alignment | To have my daughters know they are loved, strong and valued as individuals

Even after all these years, the elements to my life’s purpose remain strong, compelling and very similar.

  • A great life purpose inspires you, involves you and has you become more focused so as to overcome anything that may stand in the way of you living your purpose.
  • A great life purpose has you become more productive as you become clearer on what you have to do and how you have to do it.
  • A great life purpose makes you grow, it stretches you and encourages you to go beyond what you may have thought you were capable of. It awakens in you your higher potential and has you come alive just thinking about it.


Once you have a life purpose – you need to figure out your purpose for being in business, or the purpose of your career, of the work you do. Get clear on what you do and you do it. Why? Think for a moment about a business owner a co-worker who has total clarity or purpose with one who has only a vague idea of what their business or job is all about. Now just a note, this is not looking at your big business strategy and why you are in business. It is a part of it this, the part to have you hone in on what you need to do in your work and business to be successful.

Especially focusing on you if you are in business, it is crucial to get clear on your purpose, your priorities as there will be every day an overwhelming number of tasks you must do each day. It is not unusual for people to work 12-14 hours per day and still not get anything substantial done. What are the number one tasks you need to perform on a regular basis to be successful in your job or in your business?


Now clear on your life purpose, your job or business purpose, we want to hone you in on your weekly purpose. A simple yet revolutionary change for many this involves being disciplined about sitting down (for me its on a Sunday evening) to think about the one or two most important tasks you need to complete over the next seven days – keeping in mind your bigger picture strategy.

Once you’re clear on your weeks most important goals your mind tends to return to it again and again until it’s done. You’ll focus in on the tasks related to achieving your goal during the week. Making your decision making a whole lot easier on what you choose to do and choose not to do. Making you a whole lot more efficient in anything you do.  By making this your priority for the week, it gives you purpose, keeps you focused and has you achieve what you set out to achieve – building your confidence and momentum along the way.

As a bonus, if you do this one simple step, each week planning for one or two major jobs to do or goals to reach, then revisiting it at the end of the week to see if you got them done them, this will help you then track your progress and you will be achieving 52 important tasks a year – 52 big steps towards your goals, towards your big picture.

Think about your weekly purpose process this weekend and on Sunday plan it out. I’d put my money on you just doing this one thing will have you achieve a whole lot more in the nest week. Do all three exercises above and feel how much more productive, successful you feel – and to top it off you can look at your results to confirm it.

And so, having said my piece a quick hint in this respect of clarity and it’s importance in life and business.

If you have any area of your life or business that you feel uncertain, stuck or a little uneasy – take 10-15min and look at it from the big picture point of view, step back from all the details and get really clear on what you want in the area you are looking at. That’s often all it takes.

You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can clear up any grey areas you have around an issue or a decision when you step back and focus on what you want, on the big picture. It’s a fact! The more clarity you have about what you want in every area of your life, the more likely you are to get what you want, get out and make it happen.


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