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Do You Know Your Work “Big Picture”?

Are you passionate about what you do? Are you as passionate today as you were when you started?

Even if you love your job, it can be a struggle to stay motivated—especially in a position where you deal with rejection or customer irritation on what can seem like a daily basis. (Hats off to you sales professionals, property managers and customer service reps!)

It’s All in How You Look at It

Our company understands the need for such motivation, and brought in Lincoln Kokaram, the founder of His Business Partners, LLC, to facilitate his “With P.A.S.S.I.O.N. Workshop.” It takes passion to teach passion, and Lincoln’s positive attitude and level of enthusiasm was infectious, which was quite intentional. His goal was to “ignite a fire for what you do.”

At the beginning of the class, we filled out a scoresheet, called “My Passion Meter.” Here, we rated statements like: “I look forward to going to work”, “I take pride in what I do” and “My job is very important.”

The statement “My job is very important” makes you think, doesn’t it? IS your job very important? Well, that depends on how you view your job. Shift your perspective, and you might come up with a very different answer.

Finding a Perspective That Motivates

For example, Lincoln told a story about visiting three different dealerships when he was looking to buy a car. At each dealership he asked the car salesmen a simple question about what they do. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but here’s how they replied:

  • The first guy said, “Um, look around. I sell cars, man.”
  • The second guy said, “I sell the country’s best imported vehicle.”
  • The last guy responded by first asking Lincoln’s name. He then said, “Lincoln, I help people choose the vehicle they’ll feel safe driving when they take their families on long road trips and the vehicle that will take them to and from work every day. I sell cars, which in turn bring in profits to the dealership that help pay the salaries of the receptionists and detailers so they can provide for their families.”

That last perspective is powerful because the salesperson in question looked beyond what was directly in front of him. He wasn’t caught up in titles, job description or even product. That only limits your passion. Instead, he has what Lincoln calls “the work big picture.”

To see that big picture yourself, consider how your performance affects the people around you, the lives of your families and your customers—even your community. Your job, no matter what you do, does affect others, from the product or service you provide to the attitude you project. It’s all connected. Pretty inspiring, if you ask me.

Granted, I’m not expecting this article is going to re-ignite the fire of your passion by itself. But I hope it gives you a new perspective to ponder…because the most effective inspiration comes from within. We each have to ignite our own fire. Lincoln simply reminds us that we hold both the match and the fuel.

What will you do with yours?

Written by: Michelle Young on July 3 2017