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How to Walk to Your ‘Why’ (if you can’t run it)

Remember the eye-opening 2007 statistic that we spend one-third of our lives working? In the era of remote work where the line between our professional and personal lives have become increasingly blurred, we can no longer pretend that our purposes are entirely separate too. 

Investigating and reflecting on your why is critical to feeling fulfilled in your life and it can even make you a better employee. Yet many of us don’t know where to start. 

Here’s our actionable roadmap to help you identify your why, then live it every day.

Defining Your Why

The first step towards living your why is knowing what it is. 

Start with Simon Sinek’s TED Talk that’s garnered over 50 million views. He turns to neuroscience to help people understand their purpose and drive.

Draw 5 pivotal moments from your life that exemplify your why. This exercise not only helps you reflect, but research also shows that the act of drawing inspires new insights.

Write up your ideal job description. This reflective practice can help you articulate what’s missing from your life.

Ask yourself three questions. Does your work excite you? Does it challenge you? Does it add value? When you can shout an enthusiastic yes to all three, you have likely found your why.

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Getting Your Why Into Your Day

For many of us, living our why in their purest form may not be feasible. Yet there are many ways to integrate your purpose into your existing routines.

Deliberately build your day – Identify the things that bring you energy and integrate them into your other tasks. For example, if you really enjoy talking with others, schedule virtual work sessions with friends to help you feel invigorated all day.

Find ways to contribute your strengths – Do things that are meaningful and allow you to bring your best contribution. If you have a passion for graphic design, volunteer that skill for a cause that you care about. Check out CatchAFire.org, where individuals can volunteer their professional services for the social sector.

Keep learning – Practicing continuous learning can reignite your why if you feel stagnant. Check out our curated, actionable tips here.

Strive for a work/life equilibrium – That’s obviously much easier to write than it is to live. But organizational psychologist Adam Grant’s podcast WorkLife is packed with tips and insights to help make it a little easier.

Via CatchAFire.org

 

Living your why can be a daunting task, and like anything else, you must walk before you can run. Start living your why today by using these concrete exercises to inspire reflection and practice your why a little every day.

Want to help your employees live their why? Start by instilling a culture of continuous learning that fosters individual exploration. Check out our own Zach Braiker and Purnima Thakre’s LinkedIn Live on growing a culture of continuous learning at work.

Empowered Women: How to Have a Life While #WFH, a Conversation with Carolina Fowler

With COVID-19 causing a mass shift to remote working for the majority of businesses, could working from home be the future?

What was once a limitation, could render a fruitful and creatively liberating professional path. Carolina Fowler, a member of the refine+focus team for over 10 years now who has built her entire career from home, shares the benefits of working from home.

Tune into this episode of Empowered Women Series to learn how to make your work from home work life productive and without affecting the quality of your actual life. Carolina has shared tips on everything about #WFH, from family time to increased focus, learn more about how to make the most out of this time at home, or about what might be the right choice for you in the future.

Carolina is a key member in the Empowered Women Series leadership team and has been instrumental in our success; we value her opinion and experience. 

Listen to Carolina’s story and many others at our podcast, Empowered Women Series: https://www.buzzsprout.com/660247/3001705-e21-master-the-art-of-working-from-home

Empowered Women: Improving Productivity Through Mindfulness, a Conversation with Chitra Lele

Chitra Lele is a world record-holding author of 40 books, who has won over 70 awards and certifications. All before the age of 30.

A multitalented, busy woman, Chitra can be found wearing several hats at any given point- either working as a software consultant, churning out books, writing research papers, or inspiring people through her well-followed LinkedIn.

To most of us, balancing all this might sound unimaginable or overwhelming. But with the help of mindfulness, she has formulated simple ways to balance it all with time to help others.

In our newest episode, Chitra shares her secrets of how she does it – to empower us in balancing it all too.

Learn the simple techniques of deep breathing, mind mapping, emotional tapping, distraction reduction, and other intelligent ways to remain mindful and grounded.

What are your own techniques in improving productivity and living an ambitious, yet peaceful life?

Empowered Women: Tips for Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationships

Most of us have been a mentees and some of us have been mentors, too. Mentor-mentee relationship helps us achieve our career and life goals, develop our strengths, and most importantly, the best ones create friendships that will last a lifetime. Dr. Bhakti More gives most effective tips on how we can create and maintain these relationships and have them work for us.

Dr. Bhakti More is a master at this art. She has developed a mentorship program at Manipal Academy called Manipal Beyond Gender where she has mentored hundreds of young women and men to take risks and reach their potential. Her insights are invaluable and her passion for the subject inspiring. She uses her own experiences of a mentee to tell us what it takes to be a successful mentor and what a mentee needs to do to get the most out of this relationship.

Which mentor/mentee relationship has been the most integral to your life? How has this relationship helped you the most?

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Empowered Women: Finding Story Behind the Story with Jody Seay

Most of us wish we could write well, many of us want to write a book. Not many of us know how-to and where-to start or what-to-do.

That’s why award winning author Jody Seay, awesome person that she is, shares her experience of writing. So that we can learn and may be write a book on our own. One day.

Jody credits her late mother for kindling her love for storytelling. As an accomplished author, she takes every opportunity to learn more about the people who inspire her essays and books. By taking upon a genuine interest in others and being passionate in everything she does, Jody has been awarded for a wide range of career successes.

Listen to Jody discuss how to look for the “story behind the story” and how that mindset helped her create her newest book, Almost a Murder. The less obvious story is the one that “touches people’s hearts.”

When we dig a little deeper, we often enhance our understanding of whom we are talking to, and we become better communicators. Armed with empathy, we may become stronger writers.

What story, event, or article are you going to explore more deeply today? May be even write a story about it?

 

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