What is the meaning of life? And how does that align with your purpose? Your mission? Your reason for being alive? Is it possible to pivot into a more meaningful purpose? A more meaningful mission? A more meaningful reason for being alive? I only ask this in the context of my perspective on the past fifty years on this earth. Everything in my life has changed and for good. The key for me is that I now understand all the science underpinning our role on this planet. There are still a few books to read but I have a clearer sense of how stuff works. That’s why I’m a huge fan of reading and of science. I also enjoy learning about performance and leadership and politics. The EFQM model summarises excellence in performance. To have clarity about your why, your how and your what minimises stress and maximises productivity and outcomes. To draw on this wisdom of work including that of Grant Soosalu and Marvin Oka contained in Using your multiple brains to do cool stuff about aligning the head, heart, gut through calming and energising the autonomic nervous system enables and empowers next level performance. Underpinning this is the vast field of neuro-linguistic programming or NLP co-created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder and their two foci – “what do you want?” and “modelling excellence”. If you don’t know what you want and you are not interested in modelling excellence, then I guess you’re on your own. I’m increasingly also drawn to the fields of ethics, morals and human rights especially in leadership. The world is seeking a cleaner approach to leadership, a cleaner approach to living and a cleaner climate. Maybe the covid 19 pandemic is a way of shining a light on all that is not fit for purpose. If you’re not aware of your blind spots, if you’re not taking persona responsibility for your thoughts or your feelings or your behaviours than you’ve a blind spot. If you’re not aware of your unconscious bias or subconscious flaws, then you’re not taking responsibility. If you’re delivering value for money, value in your work, value in your home, value in your community – then you’ll become a person of value and that is leadership of the highest order in my view. If you’re unethical, immoral, ignoring human rights, failing in professional conduct, failing to offer fit for purpose – well what are you? Who are you? We can choose to move upwards through spiral or downwards through the spiral. I choose to focus on people seeking to move upwards through their spiral. Who do you choose to be with in your daily life?