I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review by Nick Craig and Scott Snook entitled, "From Purpose to Impact", subtitled, "Figure out your passion and put it to work". It really struck a chord with me personally because of my recent career shift to the nonprofit community. I started wondering, in hindsight, how well I had followed their advice.
The authors talk about first finding your purpose, then setting goals and developing a plan to achieve the goals. They contend that this will breed success in life as well as work.
They also present a step-by-step framework that people can use to identify their purpose and develop an impact plan to achieve concrete results. Effective purpose-to-impact plans use language that is uniquely meaningful to the individual. They suggest you uncover themes in your life, your interests and values in order to find clarity about who you truly are.
To some, this could sound pretty idealistic or maybe even too difficult to tackle. But the authors bring the concepts to life (and down to earth) by recommending you support your own vision by intentionally planning how you will achieve it. So, as in the work we do here at BCNP, we help our clients begin with a vision, clarify unique strengths, set goals and develop plans to achieve them.
If we can help you put your passion to work through the volunteer opportunities we offer, please contact us right away.