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Purpose and the Pedalling Faster Trap

People lose their mojo when they lose their connection to what it’s all for. What the point is… in short, their purpose. A company can have the most aspirational and inspiring vision statement, and be a fantastic place to work. It can create the best environment that encourages and allows its people to grow. But if you haven’t connected the dots between your own individual purpose (the sweet spot between your talents,skills, beliefs and passion) and that of your work and the organisation you work for… at some point the well will run dry.

Chances are, like millions of others, you wake up, check messages and emails, go to work, attend meetings, check emails, get on conference calls, have conversations, check messages and generally move from one event to the next while mentally thinking about the 101 other things you need to do before the end of the day. All part of doing business every day. Mostly, a necessary part – for if we didn’t interact and connect with each other we would be severely limited in our ability to get things done.

The problem is that for many people this non-stop roller coaster of activity can lead to exhaustion and burn-out, rather than being rewarding and energising. Some days a high level of activity can lead to that fantastic feeling that comes from being ‘in flow’ and ‘on a roll’, whereas on other days it all seems too much. If over time it’s too much of the latter, a sense of ‘overwhelm’ sets in, and all the ‘doing’ is counter-productive.

So what can make the difference?  life-purpose

People lose their mojo when they lose their connection to what it’s all for. What the point is… in short, their purpose. A company can have the most aspirational and inspiring vision statement, and be a fantastic place to work. It can create the best environment that encourages and allows its people to grow. But if you haven’t connected the dots between your own individual purpose (the sweet spot between your talents,skills, beliefs and passion) and that of your work and the organisation you work for… at some point the well will run dry.

Pedalling faster is a trap when you don’t know how your own life mission and purpose matches the work you’re doing. Unless you can connect every single conversation, email and meeting not just to your work objectives but to your own deep sense of what you are here to do, what your life is about, there will always be the risk that you’ll hit the proverbial brick wall.

So in between all those meetings, emails and conversations, take a step back. Why are you doing what you do? How does it nourish you? How does it support what you truly, deeply believe to be true about the world that you live in? How will this contribute to your legacy? Check out a great article on Forbes by bestselling author Margie Warrell for more help in looking at your purpose.

The irony is that many leaders contribute to the creation of the business or team purpose without looking at their own. Leaders are no longer identified from a title on an organisation chart. It’s a way of being, and the starting point is what you stand for, what you are here for, and how you bring that to every interaction at work. You’ll be fed by an unlimited source of energy that comes from deep within. Who wouldn’t you want that?

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