Do What You Stand For – Part 2
Posted on September 27, 2013
In part one we looked at an inquiry that brings forward your values beliefs and commitments. In this next inquiry, we examine how it is you contribute to your world.
List out the things you provide for others, through work, family, and other communities that matter to you. Write down your thoughts on:
- What is it you contribute that you believe makes a difference?
- What is it you contribute that you feel isn’t making a difference?
- What is it you aren’t contributing, that if you were, would make a difference?
Consider the values, beliefs and commitments you established in part one and review your answers to the questions above. Now answer the following questions:
- To what degree do you feel you are able to fully express (and contribute on behalf of) your values, beliefs and commitments in your work?
- If you were able to fully express and contribute yourself in your work, what difference would that make for you, your colleagues, your customers?
- What would need to be true to realize full self-expression and contribution?
You should now be able to not only see the delta between your values, beliefs and commitments and what you do at work, but also begin to understand if you were able to fully express and contribute on behalf of those values, what difference that might make. Finally, you can see the limiting factors (what would need to be true) that stand in the way of you being fully expressed in your work.
This should provide you some clarity on what to take on and break through. And of course this is where the hard work of overcoming your fears and un-examined assumptions about what it is that has you say, “impossible.” It’s not impossible, it’s just exteremely hard work. The results are worth it – you actually can live your values at work, do what you stand for and make a real difference. And as far as I see it, in this world, we need all the real difference making we can get. Supporting others on this journey of self realization is at the core of I what get to do, and for me, that is doing what I stand for.
I am more than curious about your thoughts on this two part inquiry. Please, share anything that showed up for you as you consider these questions.