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Among most people, there is a shared realization that spending most of our time on something that matters, matters. For example, statistics tell us that we often spend more time with our work family than the members of our household. And while that’s not all bad, it seems vital to make sure that clocked time counts.
Twenty years ago, that’s precisely what some Fayetteville, Arkansas residents felt. A small group of friends started meeting at early morning breakfasts before work to share their life stories. And, as they listened, they realized a common theme being shared week to week: There was no work life and personal life. Instead, the two were integrated. And, if the two were integrated, and this small group of people was struggling to figure it out, there were probably others who could also participate in the conversation.
So with great vision and insight and a new nonprofit status, Workmatters formed. Their mission is to discover the purpose of work and the integration of faith in the marketplace with a desire to use personal development and spiritual growth to bring balance to the shared space.
Over time, relationships and partnerships connected emerging leaders with established mentors as the main crossroads of bringing purpose to the mundane parts of being on the job.
Bottom line: When we shift our lens and look at the framework of working and define and acknowledge our life’s story, then use the combination of the two and bring purpose to our workplace, a sweet spot develops.
Have you ever stopped to wonder how fulfilled Americans are in the career work they do day-to-day? How does vision play a role in finding purpose and meaning? If we are spending more time with our co-workers than any other people in our lives, how could we make those relationships more meaningful?
This shift in mindset brings purpose to advising a retailer about cream cheese or packing a box of chicken. It shifts processing a loan application to participating in a family’s milestone moments where they create core memories. It takes tough conversations and corrections and makes them redeemable moments of speaking life into an emerging leader.
What could happen if you spent the first 30 years of your career focused on growing, bringing out the best of yourself and investing in your workplace as a way to create a legacy?
“Workmatters aims to equip 1,000,000 leaders of faith in 10,000 companies by 2025 to fully integrate their faith and work: to live and lead like Jesus in every aspect of their lives!”
Maybe you are their next leader.
The Workmatters Institute application process is open through November and December for their January cohort.
All photos courtesy of Workmatters
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