This might sound like an odd question to some, but how much peace do you have in your life right now? How content are your heart and mind with the various aspects of life and routine at the moment?
How at Peace are You?
How often do you really think about your level of contentment? Do you ever wonder if there’s a helpful way to understand which aspects of life are bringing you peace vs. which ones are troubling you most?
What if there was a way to do a quick self-assessment to find out? It’s not a quick fix, but rather a tool to understand some of the hidden anxieties that covertly sabotage your contentment – something that can help you find a target to shoot at and begin taking back a measure of peace in your day-to-day routine.
A great friend of GiANT, Frog Orr-Ewing, introduced us to the following concept that provides a lense for analyzing, identifying, and categorizing pain points in our lives. It seems simple at face value, but if you dig deeper into your responses and use them as benchmarks over time, you’ll find there’s a lot more to this tool than meets the eye.
Measuring Peace: People, Place, Purpose
How purposeful do you feel?
Is your work satisfying? Do you feel like you have a direction in your personal life that matches your values, vision, and goal for yourself? Are you energized or passionate about what you do?
Put a percentage number on it from 1-100% with 1% indicating a complete lack of any satisfying purpose and 100% representing a perfect alignment with your personal purpose at work and home.
How well are you enjoying the connection to the people around you at work and in your personal life?
Do you have a close/meaningful group of friends? Are the people in your life – friends, family, work colleagues – bringing you down or calling you up to the best version of yourself? Do you feel like you can depend on your group of friends, and are you connecting often and/or deeply enough with them?
Put a percentage number on it from 1-100% with 1% indicating a complete lack of any satisfying friendships or personal connections and 100% representing a perfect alignment of your relational needs with your current group of friends, family, and co-workers.
How well does the place you are living suit you?
Does where you live suite your lifestyle preferences? Are there enough places to hike and walk in parks, go to art galleries, sample great restaurants, or work on the land? Does your house or apartment suit the needs of your family? Is there enough diversity of people, activities, and clubs or organizations in which to get involved?
Whatever your preference for life and leisure, are you finding it where you live? Or does traffic, lack of ocean or trees, or some other factor subtly (or maybe not so subtly) affect your outlook on life at the moment?
Put a percentage number on it from 1-100% with 1% indicating an ill-fitting lifestyle or location and 100% representing a perfect alignment with your lifestyle preferences and needs.
Finding Your Peace Percentage
The beauty of this exercise is that it helps you categorize three foundational, influential elements of life and how they might be impacting, for better or worse, the degree of peace and contentment you are experiencing in your life right now.
So take a moment to write down your numbers for each category, then add them up and divide by 3 to find a simple average of your People, Place, Purpose scores. This is your overall peace number. While neither perfect nor rocket science, spending 5-minutes walking through the exercise provides a helpful, ball-park snapshot of where you believe you are at the moment. We often find that this simple little personal reflection serves as a wake up call to either recognize our true sense of gratitude and contentment, or otherwise alert us to an underlying discontentment whose significance has flown under the radar until now.
Once you take in what this overall number means for you, look at each component separately and ask yourself which specific drivers are dictating that number for you? For example, which aspects of relationship and personal connection are satisfying, such as family and friends, and which aspects are contentious, such as your environment among co-workers?
The Importance of Cultivating Peace
This is the first post in a short series about the importance of checking in regularly on the state of our inner health and peace. By taking the time to find the pain points and recognize the blessings of life, we can better maintain our sense of gratitude and contentment in the pursuit of a fully realized vision for our lives. In subsequent posts, we’ll dive a little deeper into the People, Place, Purpose categories while also covering examples of how you can apply this lens to your life on a regular basis.
If you’re interested in learning more about how your level of personal peace affects your leadership, we’re happy to schedule a meeting to discuss. Just click the contact button and let us know!