Many seek “success”, not realizing that true success lies in discovering who we are and why we are here. We tend to look to others for the plans, details and strategies for our assignment. This is a mistake. It's not a good idea to copy someone else's success. We do not have their DNA, nor have we experienced their environment. We don't know what it's like to walk in their shoes.
We listen to too many different voices. We hope they will help us fulfill our uniquely-given assignment. And what do we have to show for it? Confusion, missing information, incomplete, bi-polar success, and little or no money.
I can remember when I caught a glimpse of my purpose/assignment. My assignment is to build businesses for the purposes of philanthropy. And to help entrepreneurs rethink success.
I was so excited. I jumped up, and off I went to find out what to do next. There were so many voices shouting at me to do this or that. So much noise. So many opinions and so many "opportunities". I felt overwhelmed and confused. So I stopped and went back to where I heard that still small voice. I got quiet. I leaned in to listen on the inside. Then I heard something profound. "Pick one voice". Two voices will cause you to be double-minded. And a double-minded person will be unstable in every way. Vacillating between two opinions. Not sure whether to go this way or that. Wow!
Here are a few questions that I had to ask myself:
Who am I listening to?
Why am I listening?
What tasks and activities am I doing that I should not be doing?
Why am I doing them?
What should I be doing?
Why am I not doing it?
This is still a work in progress for me but I am determined to clear the clutter of the noise. Here's my takeaway:
1. Be aware of the voices that speak into your ears.
2. Choose the voice that best aligns with your purpose/assignment and core value. Whether they are digital or live and in person.
3. We were never meant to follow the crowd. We are to stand out. We are to lead. We are to be a light for others. To show them the way out of the darkness they may find themselves in.
4. We are guaranteed success but only if we hear the right voice and are on the right assignment. Success in the wrong assignment is failure.
It’s time for a realignment. It's not too late to begin again.
Who are You?
What do you stand for?
What do you stand against?
What is YOUR assignment? Do you remember?
Are you clear on your assignment? Are the details clear?
How do we reconnect with our true assignment?
Make a list of the commitments to which you have currently agreed. Note days, and times you are required to work on these. Which of these commitment align with your purpose? Or, Are these just good ideas? Which do not align with your purpose?
Take a day, get a notebook and pen and:
1. Get somewhere quiet and sit down. Turn off the distractions. Better yet leave them at home.
2. Get quiet. Stop talking. Lean in and listen.
3. Do what you hear in your quiet time.
4. Act quickly.
5. Rinse and repeat weekly.
I'd love to hear what caught your attention or worked for you. Share your experience in the comments below.
The latest book I'm reading is "Built to Serve" by Evan Carmichael. It will help you discover who you are at your core and help you share your genius with those you serve.