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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 4: Have You Evah? The #Sparked Life

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

Hey Purpose Peeps!

In this podcast we explore, “Have you evah?” No, I did not miss a spell check! This is, “have you ever” with an attitude.

Purpose Peeps, have you evah:

  • Had some life events or situations that knocked the wind out of you? AND, you did not share about your experience because you’re supposed to be be further along and the event “should not” rock you to your core?
  • Had some life events that took you back to your existing or survival toolkit?
  • Had some life events that appeared like the thing you thought you conquered or the test you already “passed?”

If you answered yes to any or all of the have you evahs, guess what, you are a Purpose Peep living The #Sparked Life with the OPPORTUNITY to have a different relationship with life and as a result, different outcomes! Listen and consider three perspectives to shift the dynamic of have you evah to building your #Sparked Life muscles!

The Have You Evah 3P Shifters:

  1. Prioritization shifts your relationship to the event. What is the placement of this event in your life RIGHT now? What is in your CURRENT toolkit? Do you see the path the event cleared to take you to a new resource in your toolkit?
  2. Purpose shifts the event from something against you to something for you even if it comes in a challenging package? What is the purpose of the event as it relates to your spark?
  3. Past connections can sometimes make the events seem bigger and larger than what they really are! You are not the same Purpose Peep as when you last experienced something like this.

…And of course there is some juicy homework to leverage what we unlock about YOUR #Sparked Life! This time we unlock three activities to:

  1. Match your perspective with where you are on the purpose path,
  2. Unlock your responses to life events, and
  3. Envision your outcomes and Align with your required Responses!

Purpose Peeps, as Resultants, you know we have homework related to our discussion! We also are incorporating a new affirmation at the end of this episode. Powerful stuff! As always, email me at info@denawiggins.com, explore more in the #SparkNotes blog on www.denawiggins.com and share your experience with other Purpose Peeps on our FB page @denaforyourpurpose.

Are you ready?

Let’s go!

XO,

Dena, Your Sister in Purpose and 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 about Dena’s Unlock the Keys to Your Success And Turn Them Into Results® Programs, YOUR custom Purpose Me Purpose Profile and shop A Life of Purpose® Products.

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#SparkNotes: Are you experiencing Massive Transformative Purpose (MTP)?

Introducing Spark Notes, notes to spark conversation within ourselves and with others.  Join the purpose conversation.

Hey Purpose Peeps,

Remember a spark moment that led to access to new knowledge that you know is a big deal but it unpacks over time?  Unforgettable, right? These moments are at the intersection of living the #Sparked life and how purpose unfolds

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a local Tedx event with no expectation but to connect with my local Tedx community.  Being innovative and learning about the latest trends really sparks me and I also got a sneak peek into some of the Ted Talk 2018 presentations at the event.  I met a Purpose Peep and we chatted it up and he introduced me the concept Massive Transformative Purpose or MTP. If we were being filmed it’s one of those times when we would hear music (dun, dun, da) and a close facial shot because it was significant.

In the #sparked life, we pay attention to what sparks us and follow the trail to a new sparked life experience.

Purpose Peeps, you know how we are always perfecting our elevator speech, aka our dip or what I call our why, this is one of the clarity moments that makes your pieces gel together and affirms the direction you are taking.  For me, my business sweet spot is the combination of transformation, purpose and innovation so hearing the term Massive Transformative Purpose pulled me into inquiry.

One word—hooked!

Following the trail of inquiry after being sparked is my way of responding to sparks.  YOU get to unlock when you are sparked and determine YOUR authentic response to being sparked.

When I researched MTP, I learned about an incredible movement.  MTP describes a better future for the world (or at least your industry or community) but it doesn’t specify how.  Examples include:

  • Ted Talks—Ideas Worth Sharing
  • Tesla—To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy
  • Google—Organize the world’s information
  • Pinterest—The world’s catalogue of ideas
  • Unilever—Making sustainable living commonplace

What I noticed is that some of these companies are also examples within The Purpose Economy as early adopters in the Purpose Economy. They are lighthouses, shining the change they want to see in the world by transforming and disrupting our engagement with the marketplace.

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A couple of things come to mind:

  • What if one of the reasons purpose can be such a big contemplation is that it is or is tied to MTP?
  • There is a massive transformation that occurs within champions of MTP that yields the personal resolve to surrender to it.

A great MTP is what I call a Purpose Enrollment because it moves Purpose Peeps to galvanized results—results that spark, excite and engage others.  Peter Diamandis, cofounder of Singularity University describes MTP as what attracts the customers, community, partners and resources you need to make a dent in the universe.  Peter also says, “find out what you would die for and live for it.” If the hairs on the back of your neck just stood up as if someone were reading your private thoughts and hearing your big questions, you just got sparked!

Birthing purpose or surrendering to what makes you tick and taking action on it is a wonderful and transformative process.  When that birthing process is also the catalyst for massive transformative purpose, it is a transformation that you begin and contribute to but you may not see fully realized in your lifetime AND YET you are resolved to make a dent in the universe with all that you have. It is enrollable so others respond to it and lend their contribution to its end.

Here are four questions to help you unlock whether you are engaged in a MTP experience:

  • Who are the beneficiaries of your product or service?
  • What is the why behind what are you are doing, building or creating?
  • Does it seem to be like an umbrella that many pursuits could support and is broad enough to allow shifts over time?
  • Would you engage fully and move forward even if you knew you could not solve it or achieve it?

One of the reasons you may be stuck or overwhelmed on your path to purpose is that you know or sense that it’s something huge.  Here’s the good news.  There are Purpose Peeps that get you with resources to support you.  Meeting them requires taking action steps and following your sparks to find them!  Learn more about exponential organizations here.  Learn to unlock the keys to your success in a personal or business context here to begin to extract your MTP from a deep place within.

My MTP which differs from my elevator speech or target market and is simply, “purposed living for all.”

 

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 about Dena’s Unlock the Keys to Your Success And Turn Them Into Results® Programs, YOUR custom Purpose Me Purpose Profile and shop A Life of Purpose® Products.

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