Come on light my fire

If you’re like a lot of people in workplaces today, much of your time is spent going through the motions, checking off the boxes and scratching things off your to-do list (if you're lucky).

I’m betting that starts to get a little tedious after a while. Because let’s face it – sometimes work is work.

That’s why it’s so important for teams and entire organizations to have a mission and purpose. And I’m not talking about the ones you find on Mission Statement Generator. I mean real missions that have meat on their bones. Not just something that’s nice to have on your website, but one that is alive in each person in the organization. One that is going to keep you going when times get tough. These are the missions people are passionate about.

And I use the word passion because it comes from the Greek verb meaning “to suffer”. When we have a mission, a purpose, a reason for our work that we are passionate about, we are willing to sacrifice for it. We are willing to put in more time and energy than we normally would.

Real missions not only light our way, but they set us on fire as well.  

As Terry Pratchett said, “Build a person a fire, and they’ll be warm for a day. Set a person on fire, and they’ll be warm for the rest of their life.”

When work becomes about more than just the work itself, that’s when people, teams and organizations thrive.