Work with purpose

To work with purpose is to know that what you do has a larger meaning than to simply provide the means to an end. At the same time, it’s important to maintain balance and know that even Henry Ford, the founder of Ford motor company, worked as an engineer for Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit long before he created the company we are familiar with today.

As I sit in one of my local coffee shops to write this (ahead of time), I watched a young girl caring for another younger girl who had accidentally pulled the emergency cord in the bathroom that set the alarm to go off. The waitress in sheer panic runs towards the bathroom door to make sure that everything was ok, as another girl rises to check on the girl in the bathroom. It would appear to be the girl’s carer. We soon recognized the false alarm, and everyone resumed to their stations with grace to the situation. As the carer sat back down to her coffee and reassured the startled girl that everything was ok… something sparked in me. That right there was something special. I witnessed a relationship formed through the strengths of one girl who showed great love, strength, and grace towards a young girl who clearly depended on this lady to provide reassurance and protection from what she was unable to process on her own. What an honorable role to have.

This is something that we should all strive towards whatever we do in life. To find purpose in the work we do, and to work with purpose every day.

I believe success in what we do looks like finding out what your strengths are life and use them. That doesn’t mean every day will be a bed of roses, or that we just arrive and expect to create a global company on the first day of business. After all life and pursuit of what we dream of doing is not a race, it’s a marathon. It’s not a competition with anyone but yourself. What if we would re-align, check ourselves, and review if the balance that we have in our work is sustainable. Do you spend your time doing something that doesn’t fulfill you? Do you do what you love but worry about competing with your colleague? Those only lead you down a path of disappointment, and quite frankly they are pointless.
Find out what you’re good at, and use it to help others. That is more fulfilling than any 401k, public recognition, or celebrity status will ever be.

Understanding why

What’s the why behind your life, work, career, business? We can solve 99% of our problems when we understand the purpose behind that area, relationship etc.

Why’s are so important – They run deeper than reason, and any of it’s associated interrogatives. They keep us grounded when the who, what, where and when’s in life are shaking. I wonder what your why’s in life are?

Three things about a why:

  • Why brings stability
  • Why adds purpose
  • Why adds confidence

Taking time to avoid burning out.

I don’t know about you, or where you sit in life, but the world I see seems to have gone on this speedy travelator that people find hard to stop. Caught in a trap of never being satisfied, always comparing themselves to others, and disconcertingly transforming ourselves into digital avatars; and at the same time loosing touch with immediate world around us, (the people living next door).

Do I believe in social media? Of course I do. It’s a great tool? Yes, but it should never be a substitute for the real deal, building true relationships with real people, traveling to real places. Gosh, we don’t even need to move from our comfort chairs anymore. The world has uploaded itself onto a digital platform, called the internet.

Is the internet bad? No. I love the doors it has opened, however; I do believe there are elements of this digitally drive world that do more damage than good. For example; it’s pretty easy to spend hours on social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter, and there are many people that do; but what are we really sowing into by doing that?

I hope there’s purpose in it, because time is valuable. Better yet, it’s a gift, and there are too many distractions out there that can easily taper our vision, and lead us away from our purpose ever so slightly. You can miss the mark by a millimeter, and you have still missed the mark. Please note, missing the mark is in reference to loosing focus, and in no way shape or form reflects the value of a person. I believe that everyone reading this is unique, beautiful and has a purpose that they are either living out, or on the journey of discovery.

So what’s your purpose? Have you thought about it? It’s OK if you don’t have it all figured out, I’m just sharing my heart tonight, which is just as challenging for me as it is for any reader.

What has lead you to where you are today? Are you in the right career, or relationship for the right reasons?  Where are you spending time most? The idea is not to get us to doubt what is good, but to press home that taking time to stop, appreciate and reflect is    vital to avoid a burn out.

I believe that where your heart is, (i.e. where you spend your time, money, thoughts), is your treasure is. So, lets make sure we’re sowing the right seeds into the right ground, so that tomorrow’s harvest will be a great one.