Discovering Your Work

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Buddha

In talks with friends, clients and associates, I can see many people (including me) considering yet again what they’re doing with their lives.  It’s not always an easy decision to make, we often have to fight doubts and insecurities, not to mention the challenges and obstacles that come up once we do decide what we think is right for us to do.  Life isn’t easy, that wasn’t ever a guarantee we got in life.  Even when we’ve been doing something successfully for quite some time doubts and questions can creep in.  Are we really doing what we’re supposed to be doing?  Are we doing the best we can do?  Are we really committed to what we’re doing?  I don’t have answers to all these questions, only you can know the answers for your life.

Discovery aside, Buddha does share an important point for us to consider when discovering and choosing our work: can you give yourself fully to it?  If you can’t commit yourself 110% to the work, you’d either better hire some good people who can help you, or find other work.

Sometimes though we will go through periods of questioning. This is natural.  It’s more than just a mid-life crisis, it’s our mind’s way of making sure we’re fully checked in to what we’re doing and not just existing and getting by.  If you’ve been in business for a long time and haven’t taken the time to check in with yourself and your business, you’re heading into dangerous water.  Even if your business is thriving, it’s important to check in at least yearly and make sure that you’re still satisfied and fully committed to what you’re doing.

A business full of life and energy is always a more successful business, just as a passionate business owner is always more successful.  Why are you passionate about your business and what you do?  Share your answers in the comments.

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