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Workism or Purpose At Work?

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Last week I featured a clip of CBS Good Morning about workism in our compilation paper, Connecting With Purpose.  As I listened to Derek Thompson succinctly present the case of workism, which he defines as the way work has morphed into a religious identity—promising transcendence and community but failing to deliver,  I nodded my head enthusiastically as he shared the symptoms of workism. I recall thinking, “yes, Derek, I am tracking with you!” …Until the conclusion that the intersection of purpose and work translates to seeking the meaning of life from work, which makes the seeker miserable because work is not designed for that and the purpose and work story seems to end there. That’s where Derek and I differ because I know of an additional chapter in the story of purpose and work that is unfolding and it’s a game changer.

Over a decade ago, I became impassioned about the intersection of spirituality and work.  At that time the question that sparked me was, “how can I bring my full self to what I do?” I felt exhausted from the ways I compartmentalized my life and believed I had to seek different fulfilling experiences from multiple sources that I felt were easier to unleash my authentic self.  I read and studied and tried to make this a mental exercise but it was a soul question and exercise and it took years to figure that out.

I was gifted with the opportunity to work at a consultancy that embraced that exploration in its culture! Talk about manifestation.  My employer was a Spirit At Work award recipient and community member allowing me access to living models of intentional practice or being with big questions in an organizational context.

In 2009 like so many workers, I was laid-off.

My bounce back from this lay-off was really difficult not just because of the strains in our economy but because of the importance I placed on this job.  I think I developed a slight case of workism in this place of noble pursuit.  My case of workism was not about working crazy hours to make meaning of my life but rather how so much of my identity was locked into the work environment that allowed me to explore my big question.

After a challenging couple of years, I realized that purpose, which I define as the fullest expression of who I am (spiritual, savvy, experience, passions, goals) and the authentic service that comes from that knowledge, comes from within me as an ongoing exploration.  Whether I am working or not, whether my doing is compensated or volunteered or how I am with my family and community, it all comes from my home center, my knowing who I am and the value I bring that delivers different outcomes in different environments.

When we unlock ourselves, we take ourselves everywhere we go including the workplace.

My lay-off was a gift, a catalyst that allowed me to amplify what I learned.  I realize the job that I loved was really my cocoon for transformative growth and post-layoff was time for me to learn my wings and fly.  I learned that when I unlock purpose I take that knowing everywhere I go, including the work that I do.  It may seem like a slight distinction but the order is everything.

The press that I felt beginning in the early 2000s was the beginning of my awareness of The Purpose Economy, where consumers are purchasing not solely based on the widgets made or products and services provided but on a company’s ability to answer its big question, who it is in its fullest expression.  What is its fully intended impact?  Like my personal experience of awakening, many organizations are compartmentalized and the shift is moving to an integrated existence. Many organizations are moving from a model of this is what we do, this is how it relates to community and multiple sets of stakeholders to this is what we do, this is why we do it and this is how we integrate what we do with why we do it for a continuum of results that matter.

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Source: Making Work More Meaningful: Building a Fulfilling Employee Experience, 2018 PwC, CECP, Imperative

 

The next chapter of extracting more meaning in life is not trying to wring it from our employment by doing more but rather by bringing our full selves and the expanding knowledge of the value we bring to the organizations we partner with for results that matter.  I agree with Derek insomuch as the order matters. Work is not doling out purpose but it can be designed as a purpose-friendly facilitator with measurements including employee-fulfillment and the impact of purpose enrollment between individual, organizational, consumer & community stakeholders towards results that matter.

In this new paradigm, people are leveraging what they know about purpose and gaining fulfillment through intentional doing with purpose clarity. Through this lens, work is a purpose partner and as we shift our jobs, we shift purpose partners. Employers partner with employees in the way it provides opportunities for relationships, impact, and growth, which are the pillars for fulfillment in what its employees do.  This is critical as some say we are in a growing Gig Economy.

The next chapter of purpose and work that we are all coauthoring contains external pushes from shifts in our economic environment as well as internal pulls from what many people are experiencing in pursuit of fulfilling and meaningful living.  Organizations reside between the economic environment change and the personal internal transformations of its employees.  Choosing to be market and employee responsive are good strategic choices for the organization, which are systems of people, and yet the demand is coming from the people in support of what is transpiring within the people.

Dena Wiggins is a Transformational Author, MBA Resultant, and Certified Purpose Coach.  She takes an unwavering stand for your purpose. Dena unlocks purpose in sparked Purpose Peeps who transform businesses and organizations into lighthouses that shine solutions that transform our world.  Stay connected, join the conversation, take inspired action.

Learn more at www.denawiggins.com.   Shop A Life of Purpose® Products and children’s products at The Purpose Place.

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If sparks ignite, why am I stuck?

I just got sparked! Just proclaiming that statement has a ring of excitement.  Imagine seeing a jolt of spark or lightening connecting us and causing our bodies to jump in response!

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Although the beginning of the sparked story can be a thriller, it’s what happens next that takes us to the really good stuff.  It’s what happens next that is the difference between knowing we got sparked to being with the spark and moving to sparked or inspired doing.

Our response to getting sparked determines if we unlock the intention of the spark.

It may take a minute to recognize our spark language.  Everyone has his or her own type.  It’s the way life gets our attention.  Once we move from realizing synchronicity is not random and deja vous moments could be our current self being sparked by a gift from our future self, we tune into our spark language.

Tuning into our sparked language allows us to engage more with the sparks. And yet there is more to the spark.  Your spark introduces you to its Purpose Partner–nudges.

Nudges are the gentle prods and push that happen after we are sparked.  Sparks are disruptive and ignite something inside and nudges inform us by moving us into the direction of the intention of the spark.

Sparks ignite and are disruptive and nudges allow us to be present with the nature of the spark.  Nudges require presence and awareness to recognize them.

Here is where things get juicy. Without responding to our spark with inspired action that supports the direction of the spark, the spark will fizzle out.

Here are three keys to unlock following your sparks:

  • Sparks may seem positive or negative to you but they are always disruptive.  The nature of the spark is to disrupt a pattern that ignites something within us.
  • Sparks require responses in order to sustain the spark.  Acknowledging the spark is a great response if you don’t know what action to take.  Acknowledgment is a first and powerful action step.
  • Nudges require presence and awareness.  Set an intention to understand your spark.  Respond to the soft pushes that pull you in different or unfamiliar directions.  The spark is here to change and shift us towards new possibilities on our journey to our highest reality.

One of the biggest reasons we may be stuck after being sparked is because we perceive the requirements to align with it as fearful, nonsensical or misaligned with our current path.  Consider that we first meet the spark with our current understanding and wisdom.  Shifting our mindset that sparks gift us with changes that are for us allows us to respond with the sparks and nudges instead of resisting them.

Dena Wiggins is a Transformational Author, Consultant, and Certified Purpose Coach.  She takes an unwavering stand for your purpose. Dena unlocks purpose in sparked Purpose Peeps who transform businesses and organizations into lighthouses that shine solutions that transform our world.  Stay connected, join the conversation, take inspired action.

Learn more at www.denawiggins.com.   Shop A Life of Purpose® Products and children’s products at The Purpose Place.

 

 

 

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EP 6: 2019 The #Sparked Life: Keys To Success

The #Sparked Life Podcast
The @Sparked Life Podcast with Dena Wiggins

Hey Purpose Peeps,
Welcome to 2019! The transition from 2018 to 2019 was beautifully reflective for me. I was led to share a couple of key insights that may have a broader appeal. I call these key insights #keys2success because it requires me to be intentional about the application to get the desired result–success which I define as results that matter!
In this episode learn how:

  1. Seemingly unrelated stuff, the life stuff, comes together to weave a purposeful story
  2. The significance of Kairos messages and what they require from us
  3. Four #keys2success that I was nudged to share
  4. A keep it super simple (KISS) technique to unlock more about words that spark us
  5. Why it’s ok to take our time with setting our theme word or intention for the year
  6. Our first The Sparked Life affirmation for 2019

Purpose Peeps, I’m excited about 2019. I am thrilled to be even more intentional this year and being guided through a process to integrate my downloads and nudges. This is what happens when co-creation is in your DNA and a strategic decision for my business.
Let’s learn and grow together in 2019 livin’ The Sparked Life!
Dena,
Your Partner in Purpose & Resultant

Dena Wiggins is a Transformational Author, Consultant and Certified Purpose Coach.  She takes an unwavering stand for your purpose. Dena unlocks purpose in sparked Purpose Peeps who transform businesses and organizations into lighthouses that shine solutions that transform our world.  Stay connected, join the conversation, take inspired action.

Learn more at www.denawiggins.com  and shop A Life of Purpose® Products.

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EP 5: Before The Vision Board Party, Do This!

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Hey Purpose Peeps!

It’s the last few days of the year and many of us, Purpose Peeps, are preparing for the Vision Board Parties!  We are ready to set our focus and intention on what is to come.  Before you step into the new, I invite you to do an Unlock Me Review. This is a vital key to Vision Board prep.

Why A Review Before You Set An Intention For The Year?

Putting on my resultant hat, before we move our focus to what’s to come, let’s create space to welcome the new. Take the wisdom and themes of 2018 that can impact our 2019 experiences.

Slow Down To Go Fast

Slow your roll for a minute and let’s check in to make sure we’ve unwrapped all of the gifts from 2018, the insight, knowledge, and purpose, leaving what we need to leave in 2018 and keep what needs to live in our toolkit moving forward. If we believe life is working for us, what is it preparing us for? How many times have we looked in retrospect to discover we were being prepared for something but missed the clues? Here’s a way to respond differently and get a new result.

I have an online program called the Unlock Me Review available at www.denawiggins.com with a Purpose Peep coupon that I share in the podcast, with a mini version available through the podcast.  Learn:

  • My tried and true technique to “squeeze the sponge” and make room for the new
  • How to be at peace and bless a time period before moving forward
  • 3 Questions you can apply at any time to reduce overwhelm and increase clarity

Go into the next phase of your path to purpose with perspective, a strong foundation and new tools in your toolkit!

Every learning that we glean in life can be extracted and leveraged as a key to our success.

Dena Wiggins

Part of the ongoing action requirement of living The Sparked Life is to continue to unlock and sharpen the tools in our toolkit. There are some super simple exercises that become a part of our intentional practice that make all the difference in how we experience life.

Enjoy!

With love and commitment to you living your sparked life,

Dena 

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#SparkNotes: How Do You Double The Number of Fulfilled Purpose Peeps in the Workplace by 2030?

Hey Purpose Peeps,

I owe you an apology.  I apologize for being passive about a trend that impacts all working Purpose Peeps and future working Purpose Peeps–a trend that impacts all of us.

33% of Purpose Peeps say that they are unfulfilled in the workplace. Source 2016 Workforce Purpose Index, Purpose, Imperative & LinkedIn

I’ve shared this trend but sometimes with the energy and passion of a keynote speaker who gets onto the podium, clears her voice, “ummm hmmmm,”  and begins speaking while the audience is still talking!  How empowered is that?

Speaking from my belly, this trend means that 2/3’s of us Purpose Peeps are unfulfilled at work.  Either we know it, we deny it or we’re on autopilot doing a great job of existing.  It means that we are doing all the things to check the box on success and we still don’t feel connected.  This brings up another point, we may not have the common language to express what we are feeling as unfulfillment.

Here’s the definition of fulfillment:

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I got sparked from the definition because.

  1. The definition includes the word realization.  One of my realizations is that many of us may be installing (checking the boxes, doing all the things) life and not realizing (coming back to reason) the intent of our life.
  2. The example of the definition describes many Purpose Peeps that have a vague plan for fulfillment because they have not unlocked their definition of success or their purpose code.  Riddle me this, how do you measure what you have not defined or defined well? The answer, you don’t because you can’t.  At best you try to apply measures that are not aligned with your purpose realization and are met with frustration that is difficult to unlock and unpack.

Last week I attended a gathering of Purpose Peeps at Purpose 2030 where Purpose Peeps across the globe, disciplines, industries and functions and roles met to unlock the burning question Imperative asks every day, how do we double the number of fulfilled people in the workforce by 2030?  Such a large question with a huge number of targets, Purpose Peeps who shift, requires a movement–Purpose 2030.  But before the movement, comes the revolt or the shift.

A piece of the answer to the question of how we shift this trend is realizing (there’s that impact word again) that it takes all of the Purpose Peeps.   At the start of Purpose 2030, Aaron Hurst, founder of Imperative and author of The Purpose Economy shared one of the findings from Imperatives new body of research before its upcoming release…

Are you ready?

82% of Purpose Peeps sampled in the survey understand that they are responsible for fulfillment at work!  Introduce the:

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What this means is that Purpose Peeps recognize they have the power to switch the dynamic of fulfillment at work, they just have not unlocked the how.  It’s like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz who understands the ruby slippers have power but she does not realize that she possesses the shift that unleashes the power!

 

During Purpose 2030, one of the solution design teams (yes, this is a working session) was tasked with going out and questioning random Purpose Peeps (not Purpose 2030 attendees who are already unlocked) about how they are fulfilled at work.  It required a quick reframe on what we mean by fulfillment. Here’s a fulfillment wall with their answers.

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The Purpose Peeps in this impromptu exercise were able to express an authentic fulfillment lever that they can check in with daily and throughout the day.  This mindset shift shows what is possible for what the 82% of Purpose Peeps expressed in Imperative’s upcoming research survey–we are empowered to unlock fulfillment and create it and do something about it.

This fulfillment exercise reflects the paradigm shift from focusing on engagement to focusing on fulfillment which starts from the inside out.

Purpose Peeps, test this out.

  1. From a place of curiosity with no attachment to the outcome, use the definition of fulfillment above from Dictionary.com and ask Purpose Peeps (anyone) to fill in the blank.
  2. Now go back to your organizational metrics and see if you have anything that measures outputs like this.  If you do, awesome! You are an early adopter in the Purpose 2030 movement. How are you leveraging and scaling the power of purpose in what you do within your organization? What is the activation rigor that moves the Purpose Peeps from aha moment to intended practice and mastery?

This is the difference, the gaps, between knowing you have ruby slippers, unlocking the power of the ruby slippers on your path to purpose journey (yellow brick road) and clicking the heels of the ruby slippers knowing you have the power to transform because you were transformed by knowing more about how you come alive.

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Imperative has a solution that unlocks more than the knowledge that we have keys to fulfillment to unlock.  They’ve unlocked the science of purpose and created a psychological assessment that unlocks the purpose drivers that connect Purpose Peeps with a composite of what brings fulfillment to them.  Purpose Peeps are empowered to see the value they bring and create more of it in what they do. It’s a game changer.

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Organizations that value sparked, unlocked Purpose Peeps create environments to further unlock what clicking the ruby slippers means (realizes) for Purpose Peeps across organizations (systems of Purpose Peeps) while Purpose Peeps own unlocking what this means for themselves through more mindfulness is his or her doing.

The power of purpose within organizations is multi-directional and when approached this way instead of traditional top-down methods of execution, has exponential power to deliver multiple levels of results that matter.

To learn more about unlocking the power of your ruby slippers personally or in business, check out the Unlock the Keys to Your Success And Turn Them Into Results® Programs and get YOUR custom Purpose Me Purpose Profile for you and your teams of five or more Purpose Peeps.  I hold a belief that many Purpose Peeps require some unlocking before using the assessment (going to see the wizard).  It’s like Dorothy and the other characters of The Wizard of Oz starting the story visiting the wizard in their current frame of reference versus unlocking more about themselves so what the wizard shares affirms their knowing rather than tells.  We are for realized, empowered purpose!

XO,

Dena, Your Sister in Purpose & Resultant

Dena Wiggins is a Transformational Author, Consultant and Certified Purpose Coach.  She takes an unwavering stand for your purpose. Dena unlocks purpose in sparked Purpose Peeps who transform businesses and organizations into lighthouses that shine solutions that transform our world.  Stay connected, join the conversation, take inspired action.

Learn more at www.denawiggins.com  and shop A Life of Purpose® Products.  Save the date, October 18 – 19, 2019, Purpose 2030 in San Francisco, CA.

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