Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Leadership in Business Symptom #6: Confused: Not clear about purpose and mission


 
 
It was clear once, but now it’s just a blur.  You used to know what you stood for, you would have fought for it, but now you can’t remember why you are doing what you do.
That sense of confusion, of blurred vision, is extremely unproductive, it’s frustrating, and demotivating – but it happens to the best of us.
 
Just like knowing when it’s time to get your eyes checked, it’s important to know when it’s time to get clarity about your vision, your purpose, your mission in business. And that time when it’s all getting blurry and when you are losing focus.
 
It’s interesting, I find, that one of the first questions that children ask is ‘Why?’. As human beings, we have an innate need to understand the reason behind things, the purpose, the ‘why’. Depending on how that question was answered when you were a child will have an impact on how often and to whom you now ask that question today.
 
There are a number of great questions that you need to spend time pondering, sitting and answering in a journal, or taking a long walk and really thinking about. They include:
 
1.    What are you really good at?
2.    What do you love to do?
3.    What do other people say you are good at?
4.    What really gives you a buzz?
5.    What did you love to do when you were a child?
6.    What do you want to be remembered for?
7.    If money was not an issue, what would you spend your time doing?
8.    What do you believe God’s purpose is for you?
 
I believe we are all born for a purpose and we are given a mission – trusting that, being clear about what we can expect of ourselves, how that can meet our needs and what we need to promise ourselves and keep, is critical to gaining that clarity and clear vision for where we are heading.
 
But remember that we may not always understand, it may not always be clear how something will work out, and that’s where trust kicks in at a whole new level!
 

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