A few weeks ago, I asked readers to send questions they would like me to answer in my blog. I received many responses including one from Anne who wanted to know how to define her goals. She shared that she wasn’t sure where to start or how to narrow down what goals would be the most impactful. Great question!
I had the opportunity to go sailing last week in the British Virgin Islands. I went and left behind work, deadlines, and the everyday stresses of modern living. In the Islands, life took on a different hue. The air was warm and the ocean a clear turquoise blue. Each day we anchored the sailboat off a sparsely populated island in a cove lined with white sandy beaches. Between the heat and carefree days, my mind began to check out. It was then, that I got coached.
I often speak with people who would like to be promoted. They are hardworking employees who feel that much of what they are doing is going unnoticed. And, they’re right. The truth of the matter is your boss will likely see 20 to 30 percent of the work you accomplish each day, and that’s if they’re paying attention.
I have heard more grumblings as of late from people feeling passionless. Their needs are met, they make good money, they are even in satisfying relationships. Yet there is a blankness in their stare that reflects the baffling void once filled with a flame.
Purpose and passion go hand-in-hand. It’s the activity that lives at the intersection of a Venn diagram of three things: What you love to do, your skills or natural gifts, and a need in the world begging to be addressed—by you!
I have received more emails this week than I can keep up with. My inbox is bulging from not only the normal flow of work related correspondence but an onslaught of advertisements trying to get me to buy something on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or Giving Tuesday. Enough already!