I heard someone make a bold statement recently that caused me to reflect about people. He said that he was grateful for feelings of depression because it was his brain telling him that he was short on meaning. He stated that the days he felt most fulfilled were when he was creating change in the world, even if this change had stress attached to it.
This perception of life is extremely energizing as we often see the feeling of depression as a negative and certainly not as a motivator. While I thought about the “why” behind Elliott Homes, I quickly realized this comment was closely aligned with our existence. The idea of influencing positive change provides meaning to those driving it. It is also the reason why past team members didn’t work out, and likely the reason that future ones will.
The first thing that came to mind was how our St. Jude Dream Team went above and beyond the expectations of just building a low cost home. They instead became the first net zero home in the state of MS and raised tens of thousands of dollars in cash donations with it. WOW! Being a part of this success story is meaningful in itself and was certainly not easy for these individuals to achieve.
It caused me to write down the question; what drives our meaning? The answer that followed happens to be our purpose statement recently created at our 2020 strategic planning session;
CREATING A PLACE WHERE LIFE GETS BETTER
If you look at our why, it is boldly apparent that building homes alone does not spin the wheels of this organization. Instead, we are building lives and raising the bar within this industry; a task that is frustrating and tiring but extremely meaningful in the end. Like the St. Jude Dream Home, the result of this effort is a place where life is better.
So next time I feel this internal alarm going off, I’m going to adopt this refreshing outlook on life, saying “your low on purpose and you have more to give.” Since the needle of this compass always points toward a place where life gets better the result will be positive change.
Here’s to embracing challenges.
Have a great week team.