Most of us will not find it difficult to understand that feeling unappreciated and stressed is a common workplace complaint these days. And yet, millions toil every day, giving their best to an employer, and at a rate that is much less than they are worth.
On the other side of this coin resides some of the harsh realities of the business world. For example, it would be fiscally detrimental for a company to pay its employees what they are worth. After all, a business must be able to make a profit on your work, otherwise, the doors would have to close. And the cost of managing unhappy and unfulfilled employees, especially when morale is low, is an escalating expense for businesses across the globe. It is statistically proven that absenteeism and low production produce deficits on the balance sheet that amounts to millions annually.
I hasten to add, my goal here is not to elaborate on the woes of the corporate world, but to highlight the importance of the role Purpose plays in our lives. And you may well ask, what in the world does purpose, or motivation for that matter, have to do with any of the things mentioned in the sentences above?? Let’s take a closer look.
In my book, Life Is A Lobster, I wrote about growing up in a poor as well as abusive environment. And the lessons I learned were filled with such feelings as one finds in today’s workplace, namely stress, disrespect, and low wages. As I grew old enough to get a job, I started earning a paycheck, but I also began writing. I actually wrote my first book at 8 years old. For me writing provided an escape, or at least a change of scenery, that put me into contact with an understanding of my purpose.
As I later learned, writing was actually my purpose for being here on earth. And there was a particular genre of writing that was most meaningful to me and that was helping others find their purpose. My life is now totally focused on writing and motivational speaking. The goal is to provide step by step exercises and guidance to clarify how to connect and thrive by digging into your purpose.
For a few practical guidance, especially adaptable for those in the work environment, I’ll share a few words from an article by Karl Dover.
“Following are some steps you can take to define a personal purpose that will guide your decision, actions, and critical interactions.
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