Today, as I begin another week, I’ve still not decided when to write the book that’s been writing itself on my heart, through my work, and throughout my life. Becoming BTL, is what I’m gonna call it; as you read and write within the confines of its pages, I hope it ignites a call within you. Way back in 1993, sitting in the CompuServe Board Room and bored beyond belief, Maury called my name. He had decided we needed to grow people as fast as we were growing profits and wanted somebody to go check out the Center for Creative Leadership; that somebody was me. I resisted and told him to send Judy, after all she’s the head of Human Resources isn’t she. I reminded him I was busy running Sales. He insisted I go, anyway – I went.
Not really, but something happened. Something inside of me knew this week had seared my soul. Upon my return I started making small changes. I knew I was not going to leave CompuServe and take another job. I knew I wasn’t going to go work for another competitor. I knew I was going to start my own company and begin a practice that would build leaders. I had no idea how but I knew this was my calling. No Strengthsfinder, Disc, MBTI, Kolbe, or any other tool or toolmaker told me. Something deep within me screamed it so loudly that my scared, small, sacred, self couldn’t stop the magnetic pull of my soul calling me to something more. The lure of more money wasn’t it. More power seemed meek. But something calling me promised me something that matters so much more. What matters more, friend?
Meaning matters more. We are creatures in search of meaning. Don’t believe me, marinate on Viktor Frankl’s book titled so – Mans Search for Meaning. We are not meant to labor/live in vain. We are meaning mongers. We are meant to discover ourselves along with our gifts along the twisted, winding road of this life. Some of us will stumble into meaning. For others, the obstacle (like Viktor) will provide the way. For lucky souls such as me, the opportunity will become the way. Regardless your situation or circumstance, friend, you are becoming built to lead yourself. Don’t habituate building yourself with a scarcity mindset. This is the way of the world. You, friend, are the child of an abundant God, alive in an ever expanding/growing Universe. You are meant for meaning. You know this because you’ve felt it in the kairos moments of life.
Stop ignoring these signals.
Slow down and sit with this awhile. Why not build your BTL core – Figure out who you are, why you’re here, and why it matters? Why not, author your opus – your labor of love? Here is your contribution and aim for work/life. Substitute a PoP for pain. Your playbook of productive action will eradicate chronic pain with acute pain filled with passion and purpose and glimpses of joy. You will feel the difference on your way to becoming BTL.
Go on, friend, answer the call. Begin the journey of purposeful becoming – becoming BTL. Good…