Here's what I know about great leaders - they want more. Great leaders are always looking to grow themselves and their team. Not just because it looks good as they climb their career ladder, but also because it makes a difference. Great leaders want more because it makes a difference in the world. A yearning for more means better services and products. Achieving more means better outcomes and it creates a sense of pride and connection in individuals and organizations.
But…when does more become too much? When does the drive for more get in the way of doing great work? When wanting more interferes with your health and wellbeing and that of your team, it’s become too much. This often happens when you loose sight of your purpose. When your vision gets cloudy or overpowered by a particular goal or desire and you forget why you are doing this work, you’ve become too focused on the more.
Your purpose is why you do what you do. Some people call it a personal mission or vision statement. It connects the person you re to the work you do. To find your purpose, begin by asking yourself some questions and spend some time reflecting on your answers:
My mission is to connect people fully to themselves, their families and the world around them. I envision a world were we are truly connected. My mission drives my work. This helps me to make decisions every day about what I am doing, the choices I make and the ways in which I connect with others. When I work with individuals who get reconnected to their own body, when they start to recognize the signs of stress in their own body and simply begin to take coffee breaks, I get excited. When I am working with a team and see them truly listen and communicate and begin to see the importance of eliminating distractions around them during conversations, I realize I am on the right path.
So strive for more. Always look at where you can improve. Identify areas for growth and be clear on what needs to happen next. Zoom in sometimes and really focus on what is happening on a project, pay particular attention to a specific team member or problem, and get a real sense of what is going on. And then pull back and see how all of this fits in relation to everything else. How does what you are doing fit in with the overall organizational health, your team members, your own passions and priorities? What is the point or purpose of all of this?
If you need help identifying your purpose, download the Coaches Training Institute App on your phone and try the life purpose visualization. This might just help you achieve more and feel great about doing it.
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