So this week I’ve been at work. (If you don’t know about this you haven’t read my newsletter. Have a look now. Oh, and do sign up if it pleases you.) I think I got out of bed on the wrong side on Monday morning and was absolutely thoroughly miserable by Tuesday night.
I was hating being at work. I was feeling left out (I’m still learning the language), frustrated, stressed and put-upon. I was stewing over not being paid as much as I’d like and the fact that the job isn’t exactly what I applied for (are they ever?). And paranoid – seriously paranoid – convinced every conversation that was being held around me, must be about me. Most of all, I was feeling left out and lonely and sorry for myself. Continue reading
I’ve been learning to think new thoughts.
I believe that what you think is reflected in the world around you, but I don’t reckon it matters if that’s true or not. I reckon what you think controls the way you see the world around you and affects what you do or do not allow yourself to achieve – which basically adds up to the same thing.
So I started to look at what’s going on in my life and started to question what I am thinking for me to see the world as I do. Then I chose to think new some new thoughts:
- I am enough (already – right now!)
- My ideas count
- My happiness is important
- I can have it all
And sometimes these thoughts seem to set me free. Continue reading
Every now and then I go innocently out to do something simple and rewarding, like buy a book perhaps, and I gaily walk straight into a brick wall!
This wall may take the form of those automatic cashiers in the supermarket (designed to cut operating costs by reducing four cashiers to one slave, running after the endless errors and frustrated customers generated by these machines.)
Unfortunately, the brick wall can just as easily take the form of a human being who has forgotten they are not a machine. Continue reading
Let’s face it, most of us spend a HUGE proportion of our waking hours at work, killing time between shifts, sneaking in a few emails before dinner, or travelling to and from our workplace. We make friends with our colleagues and work conversation drifts into our personal lives.
Despite this, we seem to think it’s acceptable to settle for second best in our careers, preferring security and financial reward in favour of job satisfaction and personal fulfilment. We seem to think the two are mutually exclusive, so we’ve chosen the money. Happiness, we assume, comes later.
Not true. The time for happiness is NOW.
Not everyone is a natural entrepreneur. If I’m honest, I’d say that deep down, I think I’ve a deep-set need to follow and settle myself within a structure that others have created for me.
It’s not like I don’t know my talents –I look at the raw materials and I construct a better way. I can do that with filing systems, or I can do it with people. I see what fits, what doesn’t fit, what is no longer of any use. I can see what needs to be implemented to make things work; I hear what’s not being said.
It helps being an outsider for this – It helps not to be emotionally attached to my raw materials, or numbed to the inconsistencies, the challenges, the over-regulation and control that employees face each day. Nevertheless, I am still drawn by habit to working for others, to finding my space in someone else’s world.
But that’s the point
You want more money, but you want the way you earn it to have meaning and purpose. You want to make a difference. You want to believe that you – little old you, with all your fears and insecurities – can help to change the world.
But when you look at the Great Big Problems around you it’s hard to believe it’s possible to stop the momentum of something so huge. You imagine trying to coordinate hundreds of thousands – millions – of people, get an agreed consensus on what must be done. You think you couldn’t possibly get heard.
In the face of the big picture, you feel very, very small.
We are facing an Economic Revolution.
Disillusionment with traditional leadership is leading to small-scale revolutions that tackle global problems on a local scale. Micro-solutions are emerging, driven by a greater vision of profit, success and fairness for all.
Businesses serve people. People do not serve businesses. ~ Tara Gentile
A pay cheque no longer wields the power it once did. People are willing to walk away in favour of freedom of expression, deeper meaning and purpose. Over-regulated, fear-driven environments that squeeze creativity and innovation to within an inch of their lives become obvious through the lack of care and commitment from the workers that remain. Customers turn away, seeking better value.
The You Economy demands new ways of working and a new breed of leaders.
Back in the 1970s, artist Amikam Toren took the pieces of broken milk bottles and painstakingly, lovingly put them back together.
From a collection of identical, factory-produced, functional objects came a row of original artworks that each told a unique tale of tragedy, rediscovery and hope.
I don’t know the artist’s original intentions, but what this work says to me is this:
The very act of destruction is a creation.
By bringing together the pieces of an irretrievably broken object, a new story is woven into its fabric: a new layer of richness, something that makes it new and unique. Moreover, the process feeds the artist and helps them grow. Continue reading