Good morning dear reader & welcome to my world for another week. In my article before this one, I spoke on failure. I indicated a commitment to sharing my battles, because hearing about my struggles might help you fight yours. Instead of preparing my article last night I went to a wonderful evening called Pecha Kucha. What a splendid celebration of speakers who I felt had a lot of passion & motivation.
I remember someone once said to me in the early days of my career, the hardest thing about life is how it is so “daily”. Maybe we could modify his statement just a bit to say “the hardest thing about working has evolved to become so weekly”. It is so true, correct? Monday is always coming… & it comes with relentless consistency. But not for the speakers I heard LAST NIGHT.
As life progresses, many people feel the moment you finish on Friday, the countdown has begun toward next week. And when you do this month after month, year after year, you can begin to just crank out work rather than craft towards something special. Preparation can become purely mechanical & just another task on your to do list. It can become more burden than blessing & begins to feel more like a grind than a gift.
Everyone knows what it is like when your heart is not in it & your life is not living it. This has certainly been true of me more times than I would like to admit. Perhaps the hardest thing about working is keeping your heart in it. But not for these inspiring people, I must do this one day I reminded myself.
Accordingly, guarding my heart has huge implications for my work. My passion, my effectiveness, my boldness, & my spirit all flow out of the heart.
So, how do you keep motivated & your heart engaged week after week? Through the years, I have found ways which help me stay motivated & working from a healthy heart.
Firstly, giving preparation priority in my schedule. Nothing sucks the joy out of work like scrambling to pull together a project at the last minute. I have had weeks where all the urgent things or distracting things pushed my preparation to the fringes. Sometimes the intrusions on my prep time could not be helped. But the truth is, most of the time I just let the urgent crowd out the most important.
Also, by getting started early in the week (or even weeks ahead), I can allow my soul time to prepare the text or topic I am working on. As I think & ponder it, the situation begins to live in me rather than become just another project I need deliver. So, what do you need to say “no” to so you can give your best preparation dear reader?
Because I know my tendency, it has become very important for me to put a firewall between my personal work & personal pursuits. One thing which has helped me with this is reading books to feed my soul. I would encourage you to weekly engage books to help you also relax the soul more deeply.
Another thing which has helped me through the years to keep my heart in it is to remind myself of the “why”, not just the “what”.
I know work from a pure & engaged heart is no small task, but it is worth the struggle. So, here is the question I want to leave you with my friends: What steps do you need to take to ensure your heart is in your work? Sit with this question for a few moments. Let your soul speak to you. And then, obey whatever is revealed to you. Perhaps I will see you also at the next Pecha Kucha evening…
Thank you for taking the time to be with me once again. I hope my journey may encourage you also. This is Kenn Butler in Paradise, Nelson, with my best wishes for the weekend ahead. I look forward to being with you all again next week.