No matter how much we attempt to stay rooted in our vision, it seems that every so often our work devolves into becoming mechanical.
We start making lists of things to do that seem like good ideas. Optional tasks become things we must do. And we forget about why we set out on our path in the first place.
Whenever you notice a sense of disconnect between your work and the meaning behind it, there’s a good chance it’s time to look up and adjust course.
I notice this happens most often when I venture too far outside the realm of my core genius.
Setting up autoresponder systems, event planning and updating spreadsheets… not what I was put on this earth to do. But they’re all a part of business, so at some point or another I’m likely going to get pulled into their gravitational fields. Even if I’ve hired someone else to take care of it, I’ll inevitably need to oversee something or make a decision at some point.
I realize and accept that getting pulled out of my arena of true potential is just a part of the ebb and flow. Without the juxtaposition I’d have no sense of what I’m really meant to do.
That’s the dance of great work. The stuff that sucks reminds us to get back to our legacy work.
The trick, then, is to need less and less of those revisits to mechanical work land, and remain in the reality of our own expression of awesomeness.
I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person that needs constant reminders to stay in that reality. Remove the training wheels even for a day and I’m on a road to nowhere fast. I’ve come to accept that it’s absolutely okay that I need that kind of acute great work scaffolding.
What can I say… I get distracted easily.
Want to ride bikes?
I mean, yeah… about those training wheels. Let’s stay focused.
Legacy work connection rituals
In order for me to stay as connected as possible to my ultimate why, I need daily rituals that reinforce what I want to create.
One of the most important things for me is to remind myself of why I do what I do and the impact it has on others in the real world. This can sometimes be a challenge when I connect with most of my audience online. So it’s important for me to take the time to acknowledge the work that I’m doing and the impact it has on people.
That might mean spending a few minutes reading thank-you emails from readers or thinking about the transformation my work supports. This isn’t to inflate my ego, it’s to remember the real potential my creation and service can bring to others, in tangible ways. When I lose sight of that, I forget why I’m doing this in the first place.
Another thing I’ve been doing lately is having daily intention meetings with my wife mid-day. They help us to refocus and think about what kind of feelings and attitudes we want to experience during the day. This helps acknowledge that every day is different and while you may feel ungovernable excitement one day, you might feel like your focus should be penetrating clarity on another.
And I think it’s important to keep that in perspective. Your great work and ultimate why will look different each day. It’s a living, breathing force. It should never become a rigid mission statement that you cling to. That’s the death and dishonor of the aliveness of your work.
If you’re feeling a lack of connection or meaning in what you’re doing, it might be a good time to reconnect to what really matters to you and realize that your inspiration may have shifted.
My question for you is this: Have you ever struggled with not letting your work become mechanical? What do you do about it?