Are you in busyness or business?
To do lists will survive us. Your purpose and will may not. Seriously, your own and your company’s why is the only reason you exist. Unfortunately, our day-to-day hustle-bustle activities very often prevent us looking up and actually be working on ourselves and our organizations.
In the event we do not make time for connecting with our purpose, it will catch up with us. On a personal level we may experience burn out or perhaps even a midlife crisis. Organizations may grow in spite of themselves but employee turnover may increase and the overall morale may deteriorate so much that customers start leaving eventually.
This craziness can be stopped. First you need to stop yourself from constantly putting out the “fires” around you (some folks even resort to creating their own fires that they must put out). Make room in your calendar for pondering the following questions:
- What would happen to me and my organization if nothing changes during the next 12 months?
- What will the consequences be?
- What gives me energy?
Now compare and contrast your answers. The toughest part – the start of your new journey – has been done. Following up with the resulting tasks consistently and frequently is your next big priority.
Do you think you do not have time? In fact, you are not making time for this. It’s all about prioritizing everything you do. Imagine that you hurt yourself and need to see a doctor really quick. You did not plan for this and yet you are finding the time anyway. Yes, your why is this important. Still in doubt? Please watch Simon Sinek’s TED talk on your “WHY” and the Golden Circle (click to watch the video).