Reflecting this morning on where we are and the feedback given from the leadership team, it is very clear that as a member of this company, you are running. So, what does that mean?
“Running” is, by definition, the act of managing or operating something (or) it is the actions being taken by a runner.
So, physically, it means we are all doing the same thing. The real difference between where we end up is the why. Some of us are running from failure, while others are running toward a goal. Meaning that success to one is to not fail, to not deliver late or to get away from a specific area or outcome. While success to another is driving past a goal, making decisions to get there and ending at a defined location.
The difference at the end of either run is not our physical exertion because no matter what, we are still running and will be tired either way. It’s the result of either ending in complete exhaustion while being unmotivated to run again because we got nowhere doing it, or ending with a chemical high in our brains from the meaning that comes with achievement. It is a scientific fact that the meaning in our lives stimulates chemicals in the brain that motivates the body to go further and enhances the growth of brain cells to expedite our improvement. It’s your body saying “You’re trying to make me better so I’m going to help you achieve that.” This meaning comes in the form of tackling new territory in our lives. New distances, new heights and new locations literally tell our body to make us stronger, faster and smarter.
The hard part: Our natural defense mechanisms to new territory are blame, defensiveness and excuses. Why? Because we have never been there and don’t know how to respond to the environment.
When we are tired, finding the motivation to run further is hard. But look back and understand why. If you’re not running for a reason (toward something) you are missing the most fulfilling outcome that your exhaustion is for: Meaning. Meaning is the body’s natural energy to want to run more and even enjoy doing it.
Look at the goals, the process, the skills, etc.
How can they be better? How can we contribute to our team achieving results that are greater than us as individuals? Are any of us running away from a problem or running toward the solution? One ends in relief and the other in fulfillment, but again, we are equally as tired after both.
The interesting thing about fulfillment is it never comes in the form of material things. It only comes in the form of pride and achievement. As a company, we make decisions toward delivering an OUTSTANDING customer experience. So don’t be afraid to make some decisions, try something new and run toward that. Because when you see the results of your ideas turn into gratitude from others, it will turn into the most motivating form of meaning we as human beings can achieve. Then after it, you won’t be able to wait to run more.
What does success look like for you…………. Or us?
You are outstanding.