Antidote to aimlessness…

Humans are funny animals in so, so many ways. Here’s another unique twist to our nature. We are naturally aimless. Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, our instincts are not what set us on the straight and narrow. Nope, you can’t count on your instincts to decide where to build your den, find your pack to hang with and hold, or to decide what to make your life’s work or even just make ends meet, for that matter. I mean come on man, how many of us made a conscious decision deciding almost of any of the big calls in our work and life. Look around you. How many of your colleagues look like they are all in regarding their day to day activities?

The truth is that most humans are aimless and just going with the flow, so to speak. They don’t know how they ended up in Ohio, Oklahoma, or Oregon, it just kinda happened. They don’t know how they ended up in sales, sailing, or Scientology, they just stumbled into it and twenty years later, they don’t know anything else. So, mindlessly, they simply carry on counting down the days until the chronic pain will end. Animals do not suffer this kinda malaise with regard to their work/life. Animals, guided by their instincts, simply do what animals do. You don’t see a Lion confused out on the Savannah or a fish wishing she were out of water. Ever seen a bird decide he would rather walk it out? How ‘bout a snake refusing to slither? Animals are not aimless, yet the one at the top of the kingdom defaults to energy save mode and aimlessly, often hopelessly, wanders around wondering if this is all there is.

It’s not.

The antidote to aimlessness is waking up to full consciousness. We have a reservoir of consciousness that is the envy of the animal world. Nobody else can mine their mind as we can. Of course, this requires us to mind our own business instead of swiping our way around yours. Aimless is easy. Do not take the easy way through life. You are here for a purpose, multiple purposes actually. You are here to figure out your calling and how you can contribute your unique gifts for this season of life you’ve been gifted on this good earth. This is why at BTL we begin our work with clients by making them think deeply about what they believe and why they’re here. We want our family, friends, and clients to cultivate purpose for both work and life. Again, this is why we have you work on core purposes (life) and work purpose (P to your Opus). The only pure overlap between your BTL core and your BTL opus are purpose. In our estimation, purpose counts twice. Show me the human who has clarity of purpose for their work and life and I’ll show you a soul on fire. Ain’t no animal that can match up with any man or woman who knows why he or she is here and why it matters. Tame your nature, friend. The antidote to an aimless work/life is building purpose. I’m glad we had this talk. This is why I’m here.

Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…

4 thoughts on “Antidote to aimlessness…

  1. I have been called to leave Notre Dame next summer and lead our local Rotary Club as a catalyst, connector, and conduit of the impulse to goodness and service among my neighbors in Saugatuck. We see a city where people unite to take action to create sustained positive change in our world, our communities, and in ourselves. We’re starting with the schools, leading and funding the collective effort to support underserved kids with after-school services in partnership with the School Board and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Holland, our neighbors to the north. Ultimately, we want to build a B&G Club here. I can’t properly aid that mission without quitting the job I love, but a Greater Love calls. Thanks, Chet, for laying some of the bricks in my broader foundation.

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