I hope you had a great weekend. I went for my first row of the season on Saturday and it was great to be out on the water again.
The next step in my weekly blog, which is all about the A to Z’s of Success of the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders, this week we are looking at “P” …
The thing is that “P” comes up a lot when it comes to success!
So, this week, I am writing about Passion & Purpose, Planning, Perseverance and Principles. Which actually all interconnect!
Passion & Purpose:
I have put this first because it is so important and at the core of success and we talked about this in “G for Goal”.
What is the reason you get out of bed each morning?
If you said something like; “Well, I have to go to work!”
Yes of course. And you may be passionate about what you do.
But you may not. Then ask yourself this question …
If you go to work, what does that give you? You may answer something like;
“Hmmm, money to pay my mortgage, pay my bills and put food on the table”
Again, yes of course! So, ask yourself now;
When you have money to pay your mortgage (or rent), pay your bills and put food on the table, what does that give you? You may say something like …
“Peace of mind, a sense of security” or something like that?
Now keep asking that question; “What does that give you?” until you get to the core of your Passion & Purpose. When you feel your energy shift up a gear, you are getting there.
My Passion & Purpose is all about Freedom for me because I was in a place in my life where I felt trapped by my circumstances and “Freedom and Peace” is what excites me.
It’s different for everyone of course and I help my clients to get to their core and raison d’etre.
The Japanese have a work for this in their dictionary: “IKIGAI” which means …
“A concept referring to having a direction or purpose in life, providing a sense of fulfilment and towards which they the person may take actions, giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning”.
What is your Ikigai?
Why do you do what you do?
Why does your Company do what it does?
So many organisations, entrepreneurs and leaders know WHAT their Company does and most know HOW but very few know WHY.
Here’s an example of Southwest Airlines who started out being very clear about WHY they do what they do. READ HERE.
They thrive to this day because they live and breathe their “Big Why”.
If you haven’t already read it, you can read Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why” HERE
As an entrepreneur and leader, how can you develop a strong workplace culture of positivity and growth with a strong “Why” you do what you are doing?
For instance; research has shown that millennials are driven less by profits than purpose.
It found that those workers were likely to stay in their jobs longer if they were satisfied with a workplace’s sense of purpose. Now that millennials dominate the workplace, connecting employees with purpose has become more crucial than ever.
What do astronauts; accountants and novelists have in common?
When they want to make big things happen, they plan ahead.
You know that achievement isn’t reached through luck or coincidence, it requires planning. Thinking and planning ahead increases the odds of taking calculated risks, bouncing back from setbacks, and achieving your goals.
Some people resist making plans. They prefer spontaneity.
Some fear planning will cramp their style or negatively impact their freedom.
But a good plan doesn’t need to impinge upon your freedom, spontaneity, and enjoyment of life. It can simply be a guide that allows for adjustment along the way.
Planning has many benefits. It helps us to:
- Improve decision-making.
- Anticipate needs.
- Identify problems and solutions.
- Avoid costly, time consuming mistakes.
- Be more efficient and productive.
- Achieve important goals.
Planning doesn’t have to feel restrictive or imposing. The first step is to identify, visualise, and describe the desired result. For example, “I want to run a half marathon,” or “I want to learn Spanish.” Then put your plan in place for how to get there.
So, you can see how this links in with Passion & Purpose!
Without knowing why we want to get somewhere, what we hope to achieve by getting there, how will be know when we arrive?
When starting out on a long journey, we wouldn’t start without setting up a sat nav or at least have a route plan.
Perseverance & Principles:
“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.”
-Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics-
And it is our Passion & Purpose that gives us that “fire in our belly” and that grit and determination!
It is our anchor that keeps us grounded and on point.
If any of this Thought for the Week has sparked even one small golden nugget, then that is my purpose for writing it and thank you for reading this to the end.
If you would like to explore any of this further with me, why not book a Free Clarity Session? There is absolutely no obligation and we can meet via Zoom or Skype.
Have a great week!
With very best wishes for your success.