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Unveiling True Inner Purpose: Liberating Yourself from Egotistical and Societal Influences

Aug 28, 2023

In the pursuit of a meaningful and fulfilling life, the concept of inner purpose holds paramount importance. It's a beacon that guides our decisions, actions, and aspirations. While many individuals find their inner purpose through introspection and self-discovery, there's a prevalent second category of inner purpose that emerges from egotistical, learned, and societal sources. This category, though often mistaken for authentic purpose, lacks the foundation required for genuine transformation and fulfillment. In this blog, we will delve into the nature of these egotistical and societal influences on inner purpose, understanding their limitations, and exploring the path to discovering one's true inner purpose.


The Mirage of Egotistical and Socially Imposed Inner Purposes

In a world where external validations and societal norms play a significant role, it's no surprise that many of us unknowingly embrace inner purposes that are not truly our own. Ego-driven desires, external pressures, and cultural expectations infiltrate our thoughts and convictions, masquerading as genuine inner purposes. These superficial purposes often include the pursuit of status, wealth, appearance, and dominance, which are heavily shaped by ego and societal constructs.


The Danger of Misguided Purpose

These egotistical and socially implanted inner purposes might initially provide a sense of direction, but they lack the depth required for authentic transformation. An individual who builds their life around the need for validation from others or societal success measures will inevitably find their fulfillment fleeting and hollow. This is not to say that external goals like career success or material comfort are irrelevant; rather, the issue lies in mistaking these external markers for the core of one's true inner purpose.


Breaking Free: Rediscovering Authentic Inner Purpose

The path to genuine self-discovery requires breaking free from these external influences. Here are essential steps to consider:

  1. Awareness: Recognize that many of the inner purposes we adopt have been cultivated by external factors. Acknowledge the impact of family, society, media, and culture on your beliefs about purpose.

  2. Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness to observe your thoughts, desires, and motivations without judgment. This can help you discern between genuine desires and those driven by ego or societal pressures.

  3. Introspection: Dedicate time to introspect and reflect on what truly resonates with your values, passions, and innate strengths. What activities bring you joy and fulfillment, irrespective of external approval?

  4. Unlearn and Reevaluate: Challenge the notions that have been imposed upon you. Question cultural norms and societal expectations that you've taken for granted. Reevaluate what is genuinely important for your personal growth and well-being.

  5. Cultivate Authenticity: Embrace your uniqueness and individuality. Embodying your true self allows you to connect with your authentic inner purpose, free from the shackles of societal conformity.

  6. Define Your Path: Create a personal mission statement that aligns with your authentic inner purpose. This statement will serve as a guiding light for your decisions and actions, grounding you in your true aspirations.


True inner purpose is a profound and deeply personal journey that requires introspection, courage, and authenticity. The second category of inner purpose, rooted in ego and societal influences, may offer a temporary sense of direction, but it lacks the enduring power to fuel transformation and lasting fulfillment. By acknowledging the myths surrounding these influences, you can embark on a journey to uncover your authentic inner purpose—one that is intrinsically motivated and aligned with your core values and passions. In doing so, you liberate yourself from the constraints of external opinions and judgments, forging a path of self-discovery and self-actualization.

I wrote a book, Profit with Presence: The 12 Pillars of Mindful Leadership, which goes in to further detail about this topic and more.

Although the world is currently abuzz with the term “mindfulness,” some believe mindfulness is a fringe activity to be practiced before or after the workday, if at all. Too few business professionals take the time needed to be present and aware throughout the workday, which is counterproductive. Mindfulness is not only a path to personal success, but a sound business strategy.  

My hope is to positively impact the world through infusing more mindfulness into business -- and it starts with each of us individually. Together, we can create a future where mindfulness is deeply embedded in our work culture, leading to greater well-being, productivity, and meaningful success for all.

- Dr Eric Holsapple


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