In this Expert Insight Interview, Amy Wong discusses how to live and lead on purpose. Amy Wong is the founder of Always on Purpose, a speaker, executive leadership coach, and facilitator. She has just released a book entitled Living on Purpose: Five Deliberate Choices to Realize Fulfillment.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- What it means to live on auto-pilot and why so many people do it nowadays
- How to harness the superpower of choice to live a more fulfilled life
- Why we must first wake up to be able to live freely
Living on Auto-Pilot
Many people today let life happen to them instead of taking control or having a purpose. This has to do with the fact that people are feeling more and more disempowered with all the crises that have been happening recently.
We are all on auto-pilot, living by default. We’ve got this passive engagement going on with life, primarily due to the overwhelming inputs coming towards us at a crazy rate and intensity. When this is the case, it is easier to deaden and numb ourselves and go on “mute.”
Superpower of Choice
When Amy wrote her book, it was vital to her to distinguish between the definition of something happening on accident and something happening on purpose. She uses “purpose” in this book more as an adverb than a noun. She talks about being “on purpose,” which means to be fully awake in our moments.
When we’re fully awake, we can harness our superpower of choice. Conversely, when we’re on auto-pilot, letting life happen to us, we’re not exercising choice. We’re letting things happen, but we’re not choosing them. So, one of the most significant parts of living on purpose is deciding to wake up.
Many of us have fallen asleep at the wheel because we think it’s just easier, and sometimes it can be because there’s too much coming at us from all sides. But falling asleep at the wheel comes at a cost.
To truly live on purpose, one must fully wake up, and feel alive, with eyes wide open in each moment, harnessing that space between the stuff of life and how we respond and live with it. Viktor Frankl said that there is space between stimulus and response; in that space lies our response, and in our choice lies our freedom and growth.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.