But they are seven powerful words that directly connect with the WHY you do what you DO.
We’ve all had that job where we simply did it for the paycheck.
And that’s okay because we honor our responsibilities and our commitments.
But something is missing. Maybe we are missing the why we are doing what we are doing because we just don’t connect with the work anymore.
Let me ask a few questions:
- Where do you work?
- What is your job/title?
- Why do you do it?
In Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why, he focuses on the connections we make to our work (the actual tasks, the people, and the organization) in order for us to identify that our work has meaning.
We quit jobs because we don’t connect with them anymore.
We leave organizations because they don’t match up with our core values and we feel disconnected.
We ask for new managers because we simply don’t get the support, guidance and direction we need from them and in what may be a vicious cycle, our managers may not haven’t gotten that either.
But when we GET to go to work. We identify with a purpose. We identify a need and desire to connect with the work we do. We find value in our work and satisfaction so that at the end of the day, we have done great work.
Think about your why.
Find your connection to what you do and why you do it.
Identify the purpose and value for your work you are doing each and every day.
And then, ask yourself whether you are going to work or you get to go to work.