Keep the Channel Open

I’m operator as the primary goal. I have started and run several businesses, and as I look back, I think the most important aspect in financial and personal success is knowing of purpose and the capacity to stay open to it.

Many years ago I was a participant in a workshop. At the end, leading the way took us via a well guided deep breathing in which we asked ourselves Ankara kanal aƧma, “What is my purpose for doing the work I really do, in my relationships, and for being alive in this time and place? inch

The word ‘connection’ sprang up in my mind, and it felt right. My work then and now is helping people manage conflict with power and elegance, and about removing the barriers to connection. Outside of work, as well, I need my actions to reflect this purpose. And once the word came up in the deep breathing all those years ago, it gave a name to something I already recognized.

My work is still about connection. On rough days, knowing this keeps me going. On good days, when life flows, it is reaffirmed. It doesn’t matter whether it makes sense to anyone else. My well being is about connection.

Think about you? What purpose underlies your work and your life? Is it Creativity? Concern? Diversity? Empowerment? Relationship? Health? Beauty? Spirituality? Love? These concepts occur as i think of friends and fellow workers and their work in the world.

Like peeling an onion, the external layers in our work are the activities we engage in. Each layer moves us closer to a central purpose that is behind the time and effort we expend, and behind the gratitude with which we celebrate our success.

So take some time today to give yourself a great gift. Close your eyes, relax, and have your inner wisdom what your work is really about. Then keep that in front of you as a beacon. Improve it, nurture it, and hold it close at hand. This is essentially what all us is called to do — to explore and to discover our fundamental motivation, not just occasionally but every day, and with every decision. You’ll rediscover, reinvent and refresh your work, moment to moment. And you’ll have fun doing it. I wish you good energy.