Activity 6 is based upon two talks, Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action and Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do. Simon’s talk presents the concepts that great leaders and inspired organisations start from a point of WHY and then move out to the How and What, and that this applies to individuals as well. Tony’s presentation is about individual focus, target, belief system and fuel, and how these things define a person’s drive.
This challenge is about understanding my drive and defining my Why. There are many TED talks that discuss the concepts about when you are doing what you are meant to do that is when you are truly happy. My issue is that I have no clear concept in my mind of what I am meant to be doing.
Little things reveal themselves to me at different times, and I have certainly had enough experiences to know things I shouldn’t be doing, but my purpose has yet to reveal itself. By purpose I mean the direction I would take that will help me to feel fulfilled.
This activity goes back to being rather internally focused for the most part. There are many tools available on the web, I have already undertaken the assessment on Tony’s website, and many books to read on the topic. This is by no means the first time I’ve ever thought about this topic either, so I’ve had a little bit of a head start on it.
For the 30 days I intend to ponder this further, maybe publicly pondering some of these issues will help bring me some insight. I have Simon’s book to read as well as a lot of resources to listen to and read from his website. And hopefully I will find some of my whys, some of the things that drive and inspire me to action.
I think that I have already started to work this out a little. By undertaking this project I have already discovered things about myself that I had not consciously realised before.
The other part of the activity is about seeing if I can apply this to work, and at least defining some of the Why in our environment. It would be timely to be able to articulate this as we will start business planning in the next few months.