How Purpose Evolves
How Purpose Evolves

Aviv Shahar with Holly Woods

April 20, 2023
What is the power of a motivating purpose in one’s life?

What happens when our chosen purpose seems to run out? What do we do when the expected fulfillment at the high point of a career or other life quest feels empty, less thrilling, than anticipated? How do you recalibrate when the change you worked so hard to catalyze has a timeline that doesn’t match our expectations?

For example, consider what we call the corporate refugees, executives who ticked all the right boxes, made the money, but still find something missing; or veteran change makers and leaders, who might wonder if their driving energy has been used up or burned out. How can any one of us, at any stage in our lives, discover a sense of renewal that propels us forward in harmony with an evolving world and universe?

In this conversation, Aviv Shahar explores the many levels and expressions of human purpose with Holly Woods, author, consultant, transformation leader and founder of the Emergence Institute. Holly works directly with people from all paths and levels of accomplishment to discover and re-enliven their purpose and passion. She generously uses her own journey of success and shadow to illuminate a life of self-discovery and change.

Among their insights:

  • Living ‘on purpose’ is to look squarely at your greatest sorrows and joys, find the connection between them over time, and see they are flip sides of the same coin. Neither is right or wrong; both illuminate who you really are.
  • Many leaders in the transformational arena spend their lives looking, unconsciously, for the next inspiration but are afraid to move out of their existing structures.
  • Enlightenment isn’t a destination. We are in an epochal shift with an evolving story; we are forever pushing the void, the frontier, in an on-the-move realization.
  • A form of burnout is doing something in a similar way consistently over time; when the world shifts and it no longer works, we don't know how to adapt.
  • Veteran changemakers will struggle in a transition as their world shifts: they've gained perspective, but their capacity hasn't expanded; another version of themselves wants to emerge.
  • Next-gen leaders can grow impatient with the pace of change, and the impatience can be externalized as righteousness. It’s also the impatience of a person with themselves.

This conversation is part of the continuing Portals discovery into what is emerging on the frontiers of human experience in this time of profound change. Information about upcoming special events can be found on the Events page. Also visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Recognize that everything that happens to us is useful. There are no good, bad, right, wrong, or preferred opportunities or experiences. Everything that occurs to us is on our behalf. The universe is conspiring with us. The sooner we recognize the stuff that hurts and feels like trauma, pain, or displeasure is actually here to teach us something really important, the sooner we can become more whole and start shifting how we are on the planet.
Holly Woods

Holly Woods

Holly Woods

Holly Woods, PhD, Founder of Emergence Institute, author, coach and consultant, is a visionary who sees deeply into peoples’ souls. She activates and catalyzes what wants to come alive in people and guides them to manifest their visions through products, business and career transitions. She is the author of the bestseller The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose in the Stages of Your Life.

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Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation. Visit: Aviv Consulting