Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery spells PAM. We could make a logo of that and carry it around to remind us each day that if those three elements can be attained , then we will be doing much better in our lives.
I’m thinking that this is the right order. That we need to find the Purpose first. Is the purpose a biggie like: “What is my purpose on earth?” or something small like:”What is the purpose of my work?” or even smaller as: “What is the purpose of my being in school?”. Some answers will come quickly, other not so quickly. Probably the ones that take longer to come up with are more important?
After that we need to look at Autonomy.…learning to do things ourselves. If we define the purpose of our work is to “advocate for people who are in trouble” then we have to find out what that means in each of our daily lives. Yours is probably very different from mine, even though we say we have the same Purpose.