Purpose over passion

How many times have you heard, “if you love what you do, you’ll never consider it work”? How true is that statement really? Can doing something you have a passion or love for completely eliminate the notion of work?

Far to often we fall into the idea of following your passion in order to be happy and possibly stress-less. Your passion may have the ability to fulfill an individual, emotional or physical desire; however, your purpose was designed to fulfill a communal desire or need.

Living in your purpose takes effort. It takes dedication, a willingness to serve. An understanding and awareness to intentionally work at something that has the benefit or potential to impact someone other than one’s self. Aligning yourself with your purpose gives a greater meaning to being fulfilled, finding and achieving balance.

When living your purpose, the work endured is minimal in comparison to the outcome potential. Purpose creates impact. Living in one’s purpose is power.


Half-time Huddle

How did your half-time huddle look like as the first half of the year closed? This should be a time of reflection and preparation. Reflecting on the past six months and preparing for the next six. During your time of reflection, purposeful inquiry should take place. Inquiries that identify specific actions and outcomes -failure and success. Strategies that were utilized or removed. Taking time for purposeful inquiry will give you an awareness and understanding in order to prepare for the next six months.

Based upon the completion of your reflective inquiry, there should be an understanding of actions and strategies required in order to achieve the results intended for the next six months.

In sports, the players along with the coaches gather together for a half-time huddle. This is additional time set aside to review failed and successful plays. It allows the players to recharge in anticipation to head back on the field stronger and rejuvenated to play the last half. During this huddle, there is a realization that what may have been anticipated prior to the beginning of the game may not have come to fruition and what strategies need to be develop in order to accomplish a win. A review of barriers and challenges that may require an adjustment in the playbook in order to set the players up for a successful second half. There may be a shuffle in positions due to implied assumptions that are not accurate. At anytime, there may be a change in climate that the players may not have originally anticipated.

What does your half-time huddle look like? How many players or coaches are assisting you with your playbook evaluation? Even though it may be your vision, the assistance of others brings in a new dimension, different perspectives that you may not have identified or realize alone.

Some questions to assist you with your half-time huddle:

  • Did you accomplish goals or on your way to achievement?
  • Have you been derailed and require a recharge? If so, what derailed you and why?
  • What barriers or challenges did you encounter and what is the possibility of encountering them again?
  • What strategy shifts are required to achieve goals?
  • Are you on the right “field” with the correct “players”?
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Reimagining and Revitalizing

Gearing up for the second half of the year, I began to ponder on everything I still need to complete. Things that may have fallen through the cracks and have yet to be accomplished. Even as an optimist, it is very easy to negate all the success and accomplishments one may have endured simply because of something we may be focusing on during a particular time.

Looking back at the first six months of this year, I do not feel accomplished. But what does that really mean? Many would quickly remind me of all the things I have endured, overcome, and positive impacts I have made within my circle of influence and community. Many times, we forget all that has happened and only focus on what is happening at that moment.

Preparing ourself for these next six months, we have to reimagine what is possible, what we have accomplished, challenges we have endured, and steps we have created that will positively impact our future. We have to reimagine what is possible based on current situations. Are there people that you need to bring in and remove from your inner circle in order to accomplish your goals? Are there things you need to continue or discontinue in order to be successful? Resources are all around us, when reimagining, we must determine what resources are necessary and void from our life that need to be utilized.

In preparing for a successful and accomplished second half of the year, we also need to revitalize ourselves. We all need rest and mindful relaxation in order to create a healthy you. Revitalizing is about taking time for yourself -mind, body, and soul. Create space to clear your mind. Remove clutter from your thoughts and be still.

Revitalizing our body is something we should not neglect, just like clearing our minds, sometimes we need to clear our bodies of wasteful habits, detox, and cleanse ourselves in order to be refreshed and rejuvenate. It is necessary for our body to also have time to rest.

Our soul is just as important as our mind and body. In order to revitalize our soul, sometimes you must isolate yourself from others. Becoming still requires a form of self preservation. Being one with yourself, your feeling and emotions. Other times we must find connection with others. Developing and cultivating positive connections feeds the soul. This allows for creativity and collaboration.

Meditate. Go natural. Allow time to reconnect and understand yourself.

These next six months are waiting for you, how are you going to begin this second half of the year? Take time to reimagine and revitalize in order to accomplish greatness.


Embracing Your Unintentional Future

As a young child, we are asked “what do you want to be when you get older?” It is drilled into us at a young age that we are to know what we want to be or the work we want to accomplish decades from our current age.

Time goes on and we potentially change our focus, sometimes multiple times, based on our experiences and environment. For me, as a young child, I wanted to be a teacher. I had a vision of having the ability to shape the future through teaching. Years later, I fell in love with the arts and wanted to be a photography director for film then my theater experience came along and my focus changed again.

After graduating high school and beginning my college experience I stumbled upon a job posting for an accounting clerk. I figured “well math has always come easy to me so I will apply”. Never in a million years did I realize 18 years later I would still be in finance. My love was, is, and will always be the arts. So how did I end up continuing down this path of finance?

Many of us have an idea of how we see our lives playing out. Some follow the paths of others they emulate and others create their own path. What I have realized during my time in finance and healthcare is that my struggle and denial for continuing down this path has not only allowed me to push myself further but has allowed me to still pursue my passions and goals while creating a path of success for others.

Through this journey, it has allowed me to develop an appreciation and determination to embrace my unintentional future. A few things I have learned during this journey include the following:

1. Do not doubt your ability to create a unique experience

2. Do not be afraid to step outside the traditional path

3. Transformation begins with you

Do not doubt your ability to create a unique experience.

Through my years, I have always compared myself to others thinking they have more experience or knowledge than I do, so how can I have an impact? What I failed to tell myself is that no one has lived my life, had the challenges and successes that I have endured. Through our personal experiences lies our greatest accomplishments.

Do not be afraid to step outside the traditional path.

It is not about coloring outside the lines but creating your own picture. Too often we follow the traditional path because that is what we are told to do. We follow the path of others we emulate. But what qualities do you have that others do not possess? What experiences and education do you bring to the table? In order to step outside the traditional path one must transform their mindset, point of view.

Transformation begins with you.

To fully embrace your unintentional future, you must first look inside yourself. There is a give and take approach, a self-compromising decision. For as much as I denied the continuation of my financial professional path, it was not until I understood the opportunities in front of me that I began to feel a sense of empowerment towards my future. Sometimes we have to take a step back and truly analyze our opportunities.

Embracing my unintentional future did not mean I removed everything else I have a passion for. On the contrary, it has allowed me to create space that otherwise was a void in my life.


Work. When You Fall Out of Love.

The moment you awaken on your first day. The excitement to begin a new venture, new career, new job. When you enter the workplace on the first day is like beginning a new relationship. As you meet your new co-workers, leadership, or team brings the opportunity and thoughts for many possibilities. You begin to create ideas on how you will be an asset to the organization or what exciting things you will learn.

Starting a new job brings feelings of excitement and sometimes overwhelming emotions. Walking through the day, that first day, logging onto your computer, or engaging in your first meeting is exciting. However, what happens when you fall out of love? What happens when the first day excitement dwindles?

When you fall out of love with work, there are three things you can do to recharge those initial emotions and thoughts about your job and organization or develop new and exciting ones.

1. Learn how to refocus or re-engage.

With many jobs or careers, one becomes stagnate -complacent. In order to refocus or re-engage, you must first take a step back and look at yourself. In order to be an effective employee, you must first understand what motivates you. What gets you up in the morning? What are your core values? What drives your decisions?

Once you understand your core values, determine how best to bring them out in your current role. By doing this, it will allow for an alignment of one’s values and organizational goals to be seen. This alignment gives you a better understanding and assists with your drive and motivation for success in your role. Sometimes it is as simple as looking at specific tasks being performed and questioning the validity of the work.

2. Develop or expand your current network.

With any role in an organization, network development is key to success. Developing or expanding one’s network gives way for additional understanding of how all areas of an organization functions. It also acts as a catalyst for ideas and brainstorming sessions when working on solutions. Building a network, even going outside your current organization, allows for peer to peer interaction and collaboration that will aid in strengthening your communication and leadership abilities.

Another benefit in building and expanding your network allows for mentoring and coaching opportunities. This is an excellent way to enhance your communication skills while broadening your knowledge base and understanding. Networks open doors that individuals alone may not have access to.

3. Recreate your role.

It is easier said than done, but another way to recharge one’s self is to recreate your role. Look at your expected job function versus what you currently do. Are there any variations? Is there something additional you believe should be accomplished? Is there something that should be removed from your position? The key to transformation and innovation is not waiting for someone to articulate to you what to do but designing your future and illustrating ways it may succeed. Do not be afraid to step outside the box or recreate an entirely new box.

The work we do may not always be as exciting and thrilling as the first few days or the moment we receive the offer letter. However, when we re-engage, expand, and recreate, the possibilities are endless. Even with the above suggestions, there may still be times that you fall out of love. Just as any relationship, it takes work, reinvention, and re-evaluation.




Spanning Boundaries within an Organization


In a world full of uncertainty and ambiguity, organizations must focus on boundary spanning capabilities in order to effectively function in today’s complex and interdependent business world. A white paper developed by the Center for Creative Leadership surveyed senior executives to identify areas for current and desired state of boundary spanning. This capacity shift within organizations will allow for a more informed, prepared workforce of boundary spanning.

1. Functional/Cross functional

2. Local mindset/Global mindset

3. Generational gaps/Cross generational learning

Focusing on the desired future state of cross functional, global mindset, and a cross generational learning organization involves engagement from everyone in the workforce. As you span boundaries, a decline in borders/barriers to growth can be seen. Moving from functional to cross functional gives individuals not only an increased perspective on how their actions impact others and the organization, but it allows for expanded knowledge and innovative opportunities.

Regardless of where your organization is situated, developing a global mindset from a local mindset expands the understanding and awareness for diversity in cultures and systems and allows for the ability to identify common patterns. Organizational success is linked to the following qualities of global mindset:

– Acting on opportunities despite cultural challenges

– Communication effectiveness across global and local demands

– Best-practice sharing

– Acting on emerging opportunities

– Trust building across cultural settings

Many diversity training programs identify generational differences, but how often is cross generational learning a focus? Similar to utilizing multiple ways of teaching a school-age child, organizations should develop learning strategies for cross generational understanding. With a potential of five generations within the workforce, organizations must focus on developing strategies and learning opportunities for each of the generations.