I don’t like running. I don’t find it as enjoyable as some do. It is drudgery. It’s boring. It is monotonous. It seems to have no purpose. You run and end up right back where you started. Worse than running is running on a treadmill — talk about a rat on a wheel! The only reason I run is because of the fitness results it produces. But, that all changed this month. I ran (well jogged really and some would probably describe it as plodding) the first 5K I have ever enjoyed. I had a blast! Here is why this run was different.
I ran with purpose
I wasn’t running this weekend to achieve a goal or to get a good workout. I was running to support the son of a friend of ours who has cancer and is being treated at St. Jude in Memphis. The race this weekend was to support all of the great work that St. Jude does for children as well as community support for our friends. Having this purpose completely changed my perspective on running. It was no longer...
- Running had no purpose to me, until now.
I don’t think there is a job that exists that doesn’t have parts of it that people loath. In the case of physical therapists, it is documentation. I have never met anyone who said, “I really like that aspect of the job.” Yet, somehow there are therapists who find fulfillment in spite of this awful task. In the previous post, we talked about how having a purpose can help you get through the inevitable low spots in your career. Having a great purpose can also help you see through the mundane aspects of your job.
Larger Sense of Meaning
We tend to seek enjoyment and excitement at our work, but maybe we should instead be seeking purpose. In his book, Great at Work Morten Hansen describes his research on passion, purpose and work performance. He defines passion as “the feeling of excitement about your work” and purpose as “a sense that you are contributing to others and that your...
- You may change your mind about scheduling your next meeting.
Phil finished telling the story by nonchalantly stating “It happens.” I was in disbelief to how matter-of-factly he said it.
“It DOESN’T happen,” I argued.
Earlier that morning I received a text from Phil stating, “Well, I had a Plan B in case it was noisy in my office for filming, but not a Plan C in case….” The text preview was cut off and my next patient had just arrived so I left the phone and planned to answer when I had a chance.
Phil was supposed to film that day so that I could then edit the footage for the course, Bulletproof Career Rebellion, that we are working on. From the sound of the preview, there was some sort of complication with filming. When lunch came, I opened up the text and immediately knew there was no Plan C for this:
While getting a standard oil change, his car was backed through the waiting room that he was sitting in.
- Sometimes the lows in our career can actually provide the best insight
It is April and Southern Indiana is blowing up with blooming trees, flowers, pollen...but today was back to more cold, wind, and snow flurries. YUCK! In Springtime, I have the opportunity to spend some time away from the cold at Spring Training in Florida or Arizona. It is amazing, but the stark contrast in the weather makes winter even more disheartening. In a similar way, our career can have these same dreary and frustrating times as well.
As I look back at my career over the past 20 years, I now recognize the peaks and valleys were as predictable and cyclical as the seasons. Those valleys held lessons for me. Lessons that would ultimately guide me through and to a career that I love. What lessons have I learned?
Valleys Provide Perspective
While I get discouraged after a prolonged winter, I find hope in spring and summer. It is easy to see this predictability in the seasons, but why do we have such a...