Why Busy Doesn’t Work Anymore

Busy doesn’t equal fulfilled.

One meaningless activity after another empties life of meaning.


We spend too much time worried about what we do and too little worried about why we do it.

Leaders with purpose may look like they’re attending meetings. But in reality, they’re inspiring conversation or creating connections.

Lose purpose; lose passion.

Purpose gives menial tasks meaning.


Persistent dread points to lost purpose.

You may feel anxiety about tomorrow’s tough conversation. But, meaningful activities provide fulfillment, even when they’re tough.

Leaders with purpose savor life. They don’t dread it.

Finding purpose that fits:

Just try one on. Purpose comes to those who live on purpose.

Don’t waste time sitting under a tree contemplating the meaning of your navel. Just choose a purpose for a day. See how it fits.

Does it:

  1. Invite positive responses. We see our purpose in the eyes of others.
  2. Pull you forward. Constant pushing suggest lack of purpose.
  3. Energize.
  4. Provide fulfillment at the end of the day.
  5. Align with talents and strengths.

You can’t get anything done if you don’t know why you’re doing it.

Rise above activities. Fulfill purpose.


My current purpose statement is. “Make it better.”

It may look like I’m giving presentations or attending meetings. But in truth, I’m making things better.

If I can’t make it better, I don’t want anything to do with it.

You may think I’m having a tough conversation with someone. But, really, I’m making things better.

Purpose as evaluation:

At the end of the day, I’m asking three questions.

  1. What did I make better?
  2. How did I make things better?
  3. What can I make better tomorrow?

Tip: purpose statements include action words.

Bonus: “One Word” a resource to clarify purpose.

What purpose statement could you try on today?