Where is my place in the world?
We keep asking ourselves, “Where do I belong? How can I make a difference? What’s my purpose? When will I reach my stride? At what point do I let go?“
It seems that from the moment we wake up to the moment we rest our heads, questions bombard us about our worth in the world. From a lack of confidence and impostor syndrome to a self-centered, know-it-all attitude, we have continuously created self-imposed conditions and rules about where we belong in today’s changing world.
For most of us, the minute we wake up and look at our phones, we decide what type of day we are going to have. Not to be outdone, on Sunday we think about Monday, and immediately our energy changes from delight to dread.
Our society relishes in hating Mondays and adoring Fridays. We see it in the memes people post on social media; we hear it in the conversations we have on Sunday evenings with our loved ones; and we can feel the collective deep breaths on Wednesdays as we are trying to make it through until Friday. Humankind has embraced a hurry-up, drag-on, and hang-on mentality.
However, the winds are a-changin’.
Organization and community leaders are finally getting the message. Employees want deeper and more meaningful relationships at work. They want to be valued, listened to, and appreciated. They are looking for an organization that embraces an evolved culture. It’s a life/work balance that people want. Employees have a strong sense of ownership and pride in organizations when they are given the freedom and trust they deserve. People are speaking up; they don’t want to just work for a paycheck or mindlessly clock in and out of a job they hate. They want to work for an organization that won’t make them choose between family or their job. They want a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with the people in their organization.
Twenty years ago, putting people before profit was unthinkable. C-level executives and management existed in a bubble, and employees weren’t looked upon as partners. In the past decade, a shift has occurred, creating a change in consciousness, and more organizations are adopting an infinite-potential mindset. Instead of identifying the bottom line as profit, organizations are now adopting a triple bottom line of people, purpose, and planet.
Today more than ever, people are expecting organizations to keep to their word and stand by their purpose. If an organization claims to hire people with a growth mindset, help establish meaningful relationships, and build trust among its partners, the organization is expected to see it through. Meaningless words are just words without ideation, and ideation that doesn’t have follow through ends up as pointless theories taking up valuable space. Words matter, and how we use them is significant.
So, instead of asking where we belong, what if we get familiar with where we’re going? Instead of getting stuck in our heads about how to make a difference, what if we learn how to be in service to those around us? Instead of getting down because we don’t know our purpose, what if we share our stories with people who’ve earned the right to hear them? Let’s stop wondering when we will hit our stride and recognize the progress we’ve made so far. And instead of clinging to and trying control the outcome, how about we let go and allow the process to unfold, exactly how it is meant to unfold.
When we stop and think about our words—what we are saying, how we are saying them, and what we write in our posts, we will see how they shape the outcome of our lives. Words, when used in an infinitely mindful way, can arm us with the strength to make the changes we want to see in the world and the people around us.
It starts with you, like the splash from a stone thrown in a lake that ripples out to the people around you, and so on and so forth.
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