When the energy falters, the vision feels faded and the work load a burden, I know I’ve waited too long for a “dip” into the reasons behind my work. One great leader in my world told me that if I didn’t regularly dip myself in philosophy, I’d get fleas.
The image; you have it, right? A dog bath to prevent the little pests that are a nuisance, a parasite of sorts that bite and itch until the poor dog is mad, uncomfortable and hurting himself to trying to be rid of them.
So how do I dip myself you ask? How do I stay inspired and connected to the Why behind my work? In my opinion, in fact, at the root of my work, it matters that I know these things in order to be most effective and function from my most powerful places. The depths of this connecting, directly correlating to my experiences. Being in my most powerful place gives an inSpired reflection for others around me.
For me, it begins with a commitment to integrity and being in a state of congruence in my actions and beliefs. There are groups and individuals I listen to, people who hold a shared vision, reflecting appreciation for the work they ARE DOING. I honor those who have come before me by reading about them, learning from them, incorporating their teaching into my days and telling others of their work. I express my thoughts with people who respect what I do and will be honest about how they feel about it. I ask a lot of questions.
Was it Tony Robbins who said it’s not the “right answers, but the right questions” that matter? Imagine if our moments were experienced in a posture of wonder; a kind of openness to be reminded of our Why and with an inquiry of how each choice fits into our beliefs, values, and vision. When the vision of what we’re doing feels a bit unclear or too vague to help direct our choices, fuel our actions, and pull us forward, it’s past time to be dipped. Another tool that can direct us back to our intentional connection to purpose and passion is listening to how we speak to ourselves. Do you hear yourself saying “I have to….”? When we “have to” do things we often experience things differently than when we see our work with empowered choice to invest ourselves with thought, action, gratitude, and respectful participation. Do you hear co-workers who “have to…”? When our collaborative work (each action, each choice) is part of a greater whole, part of a shared goal or project, we are called to hold that reflection…and need those around us to do the same. May you be inspired today and may you never have fleas.