Written and Narrated by the author, Amy Eliza Wong.
Think about all the activities and pursuits in which you’re involved and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Answers generally revolve around the thing or the accomplishment. “It's because I want a promotion; more money; a relationship…” Have you ever considered why you want these things?
Most of us assume it’s for the thing itself and simply stop there. But guess what? It’s not the thing we want. We want the feeling we think we’ll have as a result of attaining the thing.
This is true of everything we’re up to, everything we want, and everything we think we want. That thing — whether it’s a promotion or a partner — is in our line of sight as a way to achieve a desired feeling state. We don’t want a thing. We want a feeling.
A Liberating "Aha" Moment
As simple as this sounds, understanding this distinction tends to be a liberating “aha” for us. Why? Because it forces us to examine and break free from the fruitless formula — the one we’re taught in our youth that follows this rationale: get good grades so that you get into a good college; get into a good college so that you can get a good job; get a good job so that you can make lots of money; make lots of money so that then you can be happy...
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Book by this Author:
BOOK: Living on Purpose
Living on Purpose: Five Deliberate Choices to Realize Fulfillment and Joy
by Amy Eliza Wong
Many people from all walks of life, even after their many accomplishments and experiences, are often plagued by feelings of dissatisfaction and deep questioning. These feelings may lead them to wonder if the life they are living is the life they were meant to lead.
Living On Purpose is the guidebook these people have been waiting for. This book shows readers how to feel more connected to the people around them and how to be truly satisfied by the life they’re leading. Written by transformational leadership coach Amy Wong, this book will help shift readers to a mindset of possibility and freedom.
For more info and/or to order this book, click here.
About the Author
Amy Eliza Wong is a certified executive coach who has devoted more than 20 years to the study and practice of helping others live and lead on purpose. She works with some of the biggest names in tech and offers transformational leadership development and internal communication strategies to executives and teams around the world.
Her new book is Living on Purpose: Five Deliberate Choices to Realize Fulfillment and Joy (BrainTrust Ink, May 24, 2022).
Learn more at alwaysonpurpose.com.