The Second Most Important Day of Your Life [Week 2]
One of my favorite illustrations of this phenomena took place in 1961 when President Kennedy toured the NASA station as crews prepared to attempt the very first trip to the moon. As he walked through the facility, it was observed that he stopped to speak with a janitor who was mopping floors. When President Kennedy asked the man what he was doing, he replied “helping to send a man to the moon”! The man’s gift for cleanliness, order, and helping others was passionately employed to make possible a bigger mission to launch a spaceship.
Welcome to Week 2, a highlight on Purpose and Vision – as we continue on a deeper exploration into the 8 essential drivers of your growth engine. If you haven’t, please make sure you subscribe so as not to miss any of the 8 installments – they are absolutely foundational to your growth in every direction.
Let me unpack exactly why purpose and vision are the spark plug for your engine, and the chain-reaction effect it has on absolutely everything that is growth in your life. This is far from being a post about how to develop a purpose or vision for your life, your family or your organization and much more about how to activate it – which is always the harder part.
A lot of organizational purpose and vision efforts can be well-intentioned and inspiring at the start but ultimately never reach deep enough to stir the passion pools of the individual worker. They fail to catalyze or spark even an ounce of forward-motion, much less the thought of improving engagement (corporate buzzword for passion).
The way to fan the spark into a flame is to help each individual uncover their why and link it to the organization’s why. Do you know where your unique strengths and gifts intersect with the organization’s or your team’s greatest needs? Shouldn’t everybody know the answer to this question?
Every single person on the planet should have the incredible fortune to know why, but many do not. We are all born with a deeply wired DNA to create value for others in our lives, whether it be family, friends, co-workers or customers. What this means is that we each know precisely the special gifts and strengths that are God-given and how they add value to a bigger purpose in our lives.
Deep dive your own passion pools. Pray about it daily. Where would God have you be in a way that you could glorify Him with your gifts and talents? Pray for your children – that they too, would come to know and pursue God’s will for their life. That God would use you and your family to impact and reach His people.
Deep dive the passion pools of your staff. Make certain they are dialed into how their unique strengths and gifts intersect with the organization’s purpose and vision.
Help them the experience of the second most important day of their lives. It will be a day they will never forget.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. 2 Timothy 1:6-9
How about you? Have you experienced the second the second most important day of your life? Would love for you to add your story / comment below!
Founder Todd Garreston
With over 15 years of experience leading market share growth initiatives of top consumer brands in Fortune 500 and privately-held business environments, Todd Garretson advises and helps organizations identify new growth potential, craft strategy that moves people to action and enhance overall performance.
Having a passion for helping people and organizations to unlock dormant growth potential, Todd writes and speaks for audiences in three core areas: business growth strategy, leadership and personal / professional growth.
Residing in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Lauri, and their four children, weekends and free time are spent with family, coaching youth sports, and sharing his passion for fitness and nutrition.