There has been more and more business literature coming out that speaks to the idea of meaningful work as being an aspect of what defines a great leader: How is our work fulfilling and contributing to our sense of who we are?
Part of that inquiry involves acknowledging that today’s worker is a multidimensional being: Whereas the Industrial Age worker was a physical resource that could be worked to a certain point and then expended, the Digital Age worker (and their employer) is concerned with their long-term well-being and how that impacts their quality of work. Two resources I’ve especially appreciated that speak to this are Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz’s The Power of Full Engagement and Tom Rath and Jim Harter’s Well-Being .
Some folks say that there are four dimensions or elements to well-being, some five. Here is my take on the five dimensions of Being:
Physical: How am I taking care of my body? What is my nutritional plan? What is my exercise regimen? There’s plenty of research out there connecting how taking at least 30 minutes of physical activity contributes to more productivity at work.
Mental: What thought patterns do we have about ourselves and our work? What beliefs inform what we do? Do we experience ourselves as effective or as a failure? Our mental models of the world shape how we experience our work.
Emotional: As much as we might not be willing to admit it, our emotional state impacts how we interact in the workplace. How are we tending to the matters of our heart? How are we making room for more joy, peace, and fulfillment? How are we truly holding sadness, anger, and stress?
Spiritual: People, especially here in the U.S., get all wonky about any mention of the spiritual in the workplace. Yet, our sense of fulfillment and meaning in life and at work are connected to how we relate to our deeply-held values. How does our most-cherished life principles relate to our work? How are we regularly connecting at work with something larger than ourselves?
Social: Most people don’t consider the social as a dimension of Self. And yet, I would argue that part of what makes work fulfilling and what makes us effective leaders are the relationships we have with others.
Which of the above five dimensions of being do you feel could be improved? Choose the one that would make the biggest difference in your life right now, and come up with one specific step you could take today to make progress on it.
For some reason, my astrobarry horoscope resonates with me this cold, wet, rainy Oakland day. It speaks of using this time during which Venus is retrograde in Aries in my solar 4th (huh?) – a period lasting from now until mid-April – to make room in my life for the Abundance that wants to come flowing in. It’s feng shui cum astrology! LOL.
Time for me take an inventory of where I need to give stuff up or re-purpose areas of my life that no longer support abundance. Here’s what I have so far:
Give away bookcases to Zeum to make room for new work desk
Trade in remainder of CDs to Rasputin or Amoeba
Go through my book collection again to identify, let go of, and donate those books that I have not touched in the last two years
Clear off my desk of any research papers that I have not had a chance to read in the past year.
Create prospect files by donor type and by letter ranges (i.e. ‘A-F’, ‘G-L’, ‘M-R’, and ‘S-Z’)
Go to a completely cash-based system with my money so I’m only spending that which I have (that means, knowing my budget and taking out only the amount of I need for the week…. It’s just too easy to make multiple trips to the ATM or to get cash back when I buy something).
Record all expenses into my iPhone Budget app, ideally when I make the transaction, but by the end of each day at the latest, so that I have a real-time sense of where all my money is
Continue with my daily goal to not use credit or put myself into any further debt (per Jerrod Mundis’ How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously)
Give up the story that my current financial circumstances are due to my parents not teaching me financial literacy: I have a real good reason that I don’t have complete financial integrity: My parents didn’t teach me how to have a healthy relationship to money. Although it’s a convenient story, it completely absolves me of taking any responsibility for my circumstances. God forbid that I would actually be responsible for creating my life. LOL. This story has cost me in terms of seeking out the right financial tools, concepts, and partners, and has limited my ability to freely hang out with my friends and family. From now on, I’m all about the belief that Abundance is manifesting itself everywhere in my life!
Relate to my life on an energetic level: Money is but one energy that manifests in my life. As Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz argue in The Power of Full Engagement, managing energy is the key to high performance and personal renewal. I need to take a look at my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy in my life to identify places where I can create something new that will increase my energy in those areas.
I give up… anything that stands in the way of Abundance coming into my life!