“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive.” Why? Because we need people who are truly alive and choosing to live fully.
I am hearing from more and more people who are not staying stuck in burnout. The bold conversations we are having are within ourselves; finally, getting around to really getting in touch with what’s in front of us.
Many of us are remembering our timeless abilities to open ourselves to curiosity and imagine possibilities. When we become aware that there is another way, we can envision a role for ourselves in a healthier future.
Maybe if the jobs that are burning us out were not where we spent our days, our lives would be different? But will the jobs change to support our wellbeing, or will we make the change we need most?
Everyone Wants to Come Alive
Recent surveys find that everyone—from employees to executives—are choosing to improve their own equilibrium over advancing their career right now. Some are asking, how can we support a simpler way of life with ease? And some deeper questions include, how do we create what we need without doing harm to ourselves and the Earth?
While 57% of employees say they’re seriously thinking about quitting their job for one that better supports their wellbeing, 69% of executives say they’re prioritizing their own health. While the external global economic conditions worsen, the internal need for change increases. But at what cost to ourselves?
Our human playground currently has eight billion people on the planet and there is an abundance to connect and figure out who and what is healthy for our wellbeing. When we can see the abundance and opportunity in being part of thriving environments, merely surviving another day takes a back seat.
Integrating healthy practices into our life takes investment and an understanding that we get to experiment. There is no reason to rush through life when we can experience it in whatever way we choose. Knowing our holistic enough is personal.
There’s a lot of talk right now that this is a time of letting go, which is a huge opportunity to free ourselves from conventions that limit our well being.
There is no shortage of busyness right now, which is why there are abundant opportunities to pause and reflect on what actions we truly want to take. Maybe it’s time to slow down so we can become aware of what it is we actually need?
Maybe a meeting is an opportunity to explore possibilities rather than to tick off tasks? Maybe the time we spend together is an opportunity to break convention and laugh with each other instead of judging each other?
We all want and fundamentally deserve the chance to pursue meaningful work, and not out of fear because we feel we need to survive, but in order to truly live. It includes a sense of love for purpose and something bigger than us.
When we give ourselves permission to be vulnerable, when we are open to that act of surrendering, then we will understand the key difference between merely surviving by running the same patterns and truly living.
Imagine a world with less burnout and survival. and more of us are thriving by living fully.
As Howard Thurman says, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
What makes you come alive?