What’s your special sauce? That special something about you that others appreciate. Last
week, a friend asked me, what’s your special sauce? I wasn’t sure how to answer. I thought it
was a new expression and I hadn’t heard it before. Do I have a special sauce! It’s the same
type of question I was asked after my corporate job was eliminated and my career went into
transition mode, what’s your purpose? Do you know your special sauce and your purpose?
How’s your dream chapter going? Have you visualized your life in vivid color? It’s just like going to a virtual drive-in movie. I hear many people tell me they don’t dream, not at night and I know they day dream when they’re bored at work. When you day dream, isn’t it in vivid color? Are you day dreaming or have you given up on that too because things aren’t going the way you’d like? Or have you given up on the dreaming idea because you think it’s child’s play. Have a conversation with a child and ask about their dreams, and they will set the spark inside you to pay attention to their imagination. It’s alive, joyful, vivid and intoxicating to remember those days so long ago.
Have you ever been on an obstacle course and felt sidelined by one of the obstacles and had to jump off the path? Last week in our blog, I shared living a blue life, and today here are the five areas of a Blue Zone Life to Thrive. Does your life feel like an obstacle course? You just want things to be a bit smoother? Isn’t it time to take your life easy without any obstacles?
What’s on the path that overwhelms you? The height of a wall? Being solo on the journey? There’s water and you’re not a swimmer? Or you’re so done with pushing yourself!
No one wants to be in the red, and wouldn’t you rather be in the blue, yes a blue life! There are two things that contribute to your success. Being in the right place at the right time and having the confidence to handle whatever comes your way is definitely being in the blue! Yet, contrary to your success, there are a few factors to master, so you can always be in the Blue.
Yes, I’m talking about blue elixirs. How much do they cost? Hopefully, when they taste good you’ll consume and if they don’t, you’ll take it anyway. I’m sure you’ve heard about the places around the globe where both men and women live to be centenarians, not just aging seniors but vibrant active centenarians. They live in international communities where the local services provided are all you need to live a rich blue life. These are Blue Zones, which author and researcher, Dan Buettner looked for the common lifestyle links around the globe and identified locations described as longevity hotspots. They are in Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. Are you noticing a pattern here?
How do you respond when you’re called out at work?
Two bricklayers are working alongside one another at a building site. A man walks by and asks one of them what they’re doing.
The first bricklayer replies, “I don’t know and I don’t care. All I do is slap this crummy mortar on these crummy bricks and pile them up in a crummy line.”
The other bricklayer smiles, proudly proclaiming, “I’m helping to build the new cathedral.” We’ve all met people who focus on the “what” they’re doing instead of the “why” they’re doing it. It’s difficult to feel passionate about something when we’re missing the meaning behind what we’re doing and why we’re here.
So why are we here? What’s your purpose?
How a person defines purpose has as much to do with his or her mindset as it does with personal, philosophical, cultural, religious and scientific beliefs.
The Purpose of Knowing Your Purpose Defining purpose in work, life and business is not about the daily tasks, it’s about the reason for the tasks in the first place – the why, not the what. Discovering purpose allows a person to create the vision behind the tasks, and knowing that vision can dramatically change results.
For example, a chef’s purpose is not to cook food – that’s a task. The reason for this task is…