Thursday, September 18, 2014
Walk Your Dog, Not Work Like a Dog
And I said... that's why I do what I do.
I want people to enjoy their work. I want businesses to succeed, and I get a huge sense of satisfaction when I see an entrepreneur flourish in business or when a team leader truly inspires his or her team. But, underlying all of that, I want people to be well and live life now and not wait for retirement to enjoy life and live their dream. When entrepreneurs flourish and team leaders inspire, it trickles into the PEOPLE contributing, being engaged, and being well. Because business is not a successful business without contributing, engaged, and well people. Period.
Work is simply a part of living life. Almost everyone needs to do it to pay the bills. However, it does not have to be meaningless, mundane, or stressful. And it does not have to eat up the other areas of your life.
Work can be one of the greatest contributions you give when the workplace has a culture designed to cultivate that and the individual has the mindset to live the dream now.
A workplace culture that nourishes mindfulness, mindful leadership, and individual growth and development can make even the most mundane task feel meaningful. It can also make the present moment be the dream that you are living. That is not to say you don't have other dreams and goals... but you can be living your 'now dream' when you live and work on purpose.
Whether you are a team leader, a front-line worker, or an entrepreneur, don't wait for retirement to live your life. Work is part of your life and can be used to cultivate your dreams and nurture your wellness. Begin to shift your perspective from work is so much work to work can be the way you fulfill your dreams and aspirations.