“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Pursue Noble Goals Definition: Connecting your daily choices with your overarching sense of purpose. 

Importance: Noble goals activate all the other competencies in the Six Seconds Model of EQ. When you are connected with your personal vision and mission, emotional intelligence has a powerful meaning and relevance.  Having a clear noble goal helps you focus on what is most important and access your full power and potential. When you realize that even your smallest actions help bring the future you want into the present, even the most mundane actions take on a sense of purpose and vibrancy. You make your legacy with every moment of every day.

Example

A Noble Goal typically contains a verb (expressing how to pursue it) and a goal of what you want to add to the world. Examples might be:

Honoring our interconnectedness.

Supporting myself and others to live in truth.

Sparking awareness of the power of choice.

What's an example of finding and pursuing a Noble Goal?

Mission: Imagine your purpose is sustaining a vibrant earth for future generations. That’s a beautiful and important goal, but it doesn’t fit our criteria because it’s not something you can do in ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE. So, what’s your Noble Goal?

Ask Why: If that’s your mission… what is it that makes this so important to you? Perhaps, when you come down to it, you know that all life is connected, and equally valuable, and you feel responsible that future generations will not be betrayed by the present ones. You perceive that to honor that connection is at the core of your purpose.

Noble Goal: If that’s the case, then perhaps your Noble Goal is something like, “Honoring all our interconnections.”

Pursuit: If that were your Noble Goal you could pursue it in terms of environmental action like being careful which products you buy… and you could do it in all the areas of your life… for example, by helping a new person at work connect with the group… or listening to a child in a way that helps her feel connected… or even by respecting your own needs to build relationships that are truly reciprocal. Once you have the Noble Goal clear, you can work toward all your daily choices being infused with a sense of purpose. Every action brings the future we want into the present.

Pursuing noble goals helps you connect your what, your how, and your why. It ensures that your are living your life in a way that is consistent with the change you wish to see in the world.

The Components of a Noble Goal

There are 5 criteria that need to be met for a goal to qualify as a noble goal.

1. Not complete in your lifetime – It is enduring and inspiring, something beyond the daily struggle. This helps you maintain a long-term focus so you can avoid the confusion of short-term thinking.

2. Pointed outward – While you will benefit, the focus is on others. This helps you maintain an expansive vision.

3. Integrates different domains  – It encompasses all dimensions of your life; serving your noble goal in one domain (such as work) supports you in all others (such as family). 

4. Gets you out of bed – It motivates and inspires you at a deep level; this helps you to have the energy when the going gets tough.

5. No one made less – No one has to be “less than” or “wrong” for you to pursue your Noble Goal; this helps you stay out of ego and power struggle. 

Does your current noble goal meet these 5 criteria?

Videos

Emotional Intelligence Articles about Pursue Noble Goals

How to Be a Great Leader: Harnessing the Power of Noble Goals (9/6/2017) by Michael Miller - Want to know how to be a great leader? It all starts with knowing your purpose, your why. This article can help you find yours.
Pursue Noble Goals in the Six Seconds Model of EQ (8/29/2017) by Michael Miller - "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~ Howard Thurman "Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi Pursue Noble Goals Definition: Connecting your daily choices with your overarching sense of purpose.  Importance: Noble goals activate all the other competencies in the Six Seconds Model of EQ. When you are connected with your personal vision and mission, emotional intelligence has a ...
Collaboration with Emotional Intelligence: For Earth and All of Us (4/12/2017) by Paul Stillman - Individually, we can achieve great successes; when it comes to massive challenges like saving our planet, we’re going to need to work together. But how?
Noble Goals for the New Year (1/4/2017) by guest - Your Noble Goal in 2017 and Beyond by Beth Offenbacker, PhD, Certified Six Seconds Practitioner Are you thinking about your goals for the coming year too? January is also a valuable time to think about how our goals or intentions connect with our larger purpose, or our “why” - also known as our Noble Goal. Anchoring our goals and our Noble Goal together is important because it keeps propelling us forward. In fact, Josh Freedman of Six Seconds describes our ...
PizzaCo Case: Engaging the Power of Purpose (12/13/2016) by guest - How does a business find meaningful purpose? This business case describes the power of a leadership team discovering their "Noble Goal" as a catalyst for taking the business forward.
How to Teach Children Emotional Intelligence for a Better World (11/12/2016) by Joshua Freedman - When feelings run hot, how can we use emotional intelligence to fuel our commitment for positive change… and support children to create a better world?
Becoming Change Makers (8/7/2016) by Anabel Jensen - What are the skills and attributes needed becoming change maker? Can we learn to take action and inspire others?
Josh Freedman on “Happy and Free” Podcast (6/26/2016) by Rachel Goodman - Six Seconds featured on "Happy and Free" Podcast What does it mean to seek and give refuge? That is the question that Six Seconds' CEO Josh Freedman explores in this podcast interview with Val Mosley and Dan Lothian. Part of the "Heartbeings" project, this podcast celebrates people who give back to their communities and the world.   Listen to the entire podcast here:       Host: Val Mosley has been selected as one of the most 50 Powerful Women ...
Celebrating the Legacy of a Noble Goal (8/19/2013) by FC Law - A few months before she was murdered, I was speaking with Irene Ong about her Noble Goal.  Half in jest, I asked her to tell me hers.  I was surprised when she said, “I need to go home and start thinking about it carefully.” It surprised me because Irene was well known for her caring and service. She was Director of Kids Programs in a Kiwanis Club, an international non-profit organization involved in alleviating the plight of disadvantaged children. She ...
 

 

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Michael Miller

Michael Miller

EQ Librarian at Six Seconds
Michael Miller is a writer and contributor for Six Seconds- The Emotional Intelligence Network. He is passionate about living a balanced, healthy life and helping others to do the same. You can reach him at [email protected]
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