Ground Yourself in the Power of Your Purpose

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A long time ago, the trees went out to anoint a king.

They first said to the olive tree, “Reign over us.” The olive tree answered, “And stop producing my rich oil? I will not.”

Then the trees asked the fig tree. But the fig tree answered them, “And stop producing my delicious fruit? I will not.”

Next they asked the vine, “Come and reign over us.” But the vine said, “And stop producing my wine? I will not.”

About to give up, the trees made one last attempt and asked the bramble. And the bramble said, “If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade.”

It’s wonderful to see in this story how each tree knows its unique purpose: The olive tree makes oil, the fig tree produces sweet fruit, the vine makes grapes for wine, and the bramble brush is for shade. Each tree knows its true purpose and stands firmly planted.

How many times are you approached with a new project, new product, new venture, new idea, and as a result find yourself jumping from circumstance to opportunity?

Can you truly say you’re sticking with your purpose, or that you’re sure that you’re planted in the best role?

Our purpose has the power to ground us.

But how do you know if you are rooted in that purpose?

Ask yourself the following questions…

What makes me different?
When leaders that I work with ask me how they can differentiate themselves from the rest, I remind them: The first person you will lead is you. If you lack purpose look within. Ask yourself what stirs your heart, what comes from the depths of who you are and what you believe in. Your purpose draws on your natural gifts and talents. It comes from your past and your history; it comes from what you love doing. It meets your needs.

How can I serve others?
A clearly defined purpose comes from prioritizing your own abilities and working towards empowering others to their potential. True purpose is not awarded or not appointed, it comes only from genuine love for people. Its best measure comes from serving others—nothing more, nothing less.

How will I make a difference?
If you seek purpose, you need to know that everything comes with discipline and prioritizing. You can multiply the good you do by being a model for others to see how to identify what’s important, make it a priority, and have the discipline to live out that priority every day.

When it comes to living your purpose and leading with meaning, commitment and effectiveness are your foundation.

Lead From Within:  Make sure you touch a dozen lives before the day is done and leave your mark even as you rest in the shade of the trees.



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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

24 Responses to “Ground Yourself in the Power of Your Purpose”

  1. Joey Havens

    26. May, 2015

    Lolly, this is a great blog on purpose. Love your self awareness questions. Thanks for sharing j

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  2. Jo Miller

    26. May, 2015


    Thank you for a beautiful reminder to ground ourselves within our purpose so that we may serve others in our various leadership roles. Thank you for making an impact on my life through your leadership.

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    • lollydaskal

      26. May, 2015


      Great to see you! Even better to read your thoughtful insights.

      Thank you for making a difference in my life.


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  3. Roseline Bennerman

    26. May, 2015

    Thank you Lolly for this straightforward and very practical article. You gave such a great visual on the Power of Purpose!

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  4. Panteli Tritchew

    26. May, 2015

    Such a great metaphor to drive a lovely story on the power of purpose. Even better that the olive and the fig are featured-my mom is Greek!
    “Our purpose has the power to ground us.” Raisons d’être… we all have one. Thank you for the reminder, Lolly. ,

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    • lollydaskal

      31. May, 2015

      Thank you Panteli
      For always sharing your insights and thoughts. I truly appreciate you-
      I look forward every Tuesday.

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  5. Susan Mary Malone

    26. May, 2015

    Oh, did this one ever tweak me! I so love myths and stories to teach 🙂 They run through my fiction as well. And I especially love: “Ask yourself what stirs your heart.” This is exactly how I coach the writers I work with! Because it’s that thing that “stirs your heart” that will keep you working toward your goal when times get tough.
    As always, love what you do, Lolly!

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    • lollydaskal

      31. May, 2015

      If does not stir our heart, it most likely won’t stir our soul.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I truly appreciate your insight.


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  6. Duncan M.

    29. May, 2015

    Lolly, this article is a source of inspiration for all leaders. Being able to touch the hearts of others is a gift. But just like all gifts, it needs to be nourished every day in order to make it worth.

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    • lollydaskal

      31. May, 2015


      All of us need to be nourished everyday. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, that is the journey of life and leadership.

      Thanks for your comment.

      I appreciate you.

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  7. John Paul

    29. May, 2015

    Trees are very noble creatures and so is finding your purpose. Thank you, Lolly.

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  8. Melanie Fischer

    17. Jun, 2015

    Funny thing…I started reading this and thought the lesson was going to be about not passing up on opportunity. Wooops, was I ever wrong! Thanks Lolly for this amazing lesson on staying rooted in our purpose and NOT getting distracted by passing opportunities.

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  9. Gabriel Njonjo

    29. Jul, 2015

    my philosophy is being beautiful in my being different from the rest. I am complimenting others in this rainbow called diversity

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  10. Samer

    31. Jul, 2015

    love it !! Thx Lolly <3

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  11. Franklin

    01. Oct, 2015

    Thank you Lolly.. Exponentially Relevant

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  12. Dr. S Basu

    01. Nov, 2015

    Thank you. Great reading.

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  13. achmad malichi puguh

    07. Nov, 2015


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  14. Satya Nauth

    07. Dec, 2015

    Loved the story and how you tied it to having grounded purpose! Thank you for sharing!

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  16. renee

    23. Feb, 2016

    I love this Dolly, you cinched it. Made me more resolute. Thank YOU.

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  17. mercy

    27. Feb, 2016

    Thank you lolly, I always look forward to your posts. This is exceptional. ‘Stir your heart’ great lesson

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    29. May, 2016

    Great to read, purpose can only make you distinguish between wish and will

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