When it comes to work, life, achievement and success we have always been trained to “Focus On Your Job!” If you want to get better, you need to Focus On Your Job! I would agree that it’s important to give attention and priority to our jobs, as they are the primary source of paying the bills, providing for our families and fulfilling the mission of the organization we have committed ourselves to.
Additionally, I would argue that you “Shouldn’t Focus On Your Job!” What I mean by this is I think it’s equally, if not more important for people to spend time focusing on their dreams and passions. If you only focus on your job and not your dreams, I believe that you can squelch your inner creativity, energy, passion and zeal.
I have always encouraged those that have worked for me to spend time during the weeks and months focusing on their dreams and passions. Sometimes that time would be within the workday and others would be outside of the workday. It’s not a matter of when you give time to your dreams, it’s a matter of giving your dreams and passions some dedicated attention and focus.
As I look back at some of my employees I encouraged to “Not focus On Their Job,” I can see the path of their dreams becoming a reality. Several individuals whom worked for me when I was a young prison warden, are now business owners living out some of their dreams, by operating their own counseling agencies, one of them being one of the largest in the state of Oklahoma.
Theses particular individuals were all super-performers for our organization, while simultaneously spending time focus on the dreams and passions that God had placed inside of them. It was a Win-Win situation. I have seen this play out effectively with many individuals, on several different teams and in numerous types of environments.
I know this may seem like are asking individuals to slight their job or not give their priorities full attention. That’s not the case at all. It’s a simple matter of helping those on your team to be energized, motivated, encouraged, inspired and better by sipping from the inner fountain of their dreams.
Dreams are like stars, although you may never touch them — if you follow them, they will lead you to your destiny.
dream BIG. think BIGGER.
Scott Williams is a speaker, strategist, consultant and developer of leaders. He is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com, and leverages Social Media to make a Kingdom impact. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth and diversity. He is the author of “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day of the Week.” Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.