As I begin to embrace the idea that I have started a new chapter in my work, I have reflected on my mission. Do I have a clear idea what I have been called to do? Are my objectives aligned with what I am doing? Within myself, is there clarity?
The clarity question is one that has dominated my thinking. The best propositions in the world are simple. They directly get to the point. They are clear. I get Apple’s proposition. I understand the simple intent of the iPhone and Mac PowerBooks. There is absolute clarity in the functionality of its design and purpose. Frequently, other products are not so clear. Many service and individual propositions are inconsistent. The connection between rhetoric and reality can be problematic.
As I think back, I am reminded of the singular focus one Wisdom Father, Paul, had in his mission. When a voice in a vision gave the calling, things were blindingly simple. “I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.” (Acts 26.18)
Within me, is the calling clear? There are three E’s dominating my thinking.
Excellence. I sense a clear calling to excellence. This includes a consistency between words and actions. There is a calling to be the best.
Engagement. I will need to be actively listening and learning. I need to see the vision of others. I need to be willing to open up to what others can hear. The full range of insights needs to influence and shape my learning and response.
Excitement. Passion and conviction need to be integral to my persona. I will need to guard against hesitation and fatigue. A balanced aggressiveness that can endure will be consistently at the heart of my behavior.
Even as I write, I realize I do have clarity. The words are clear. There is an awareness of the magnitude of the challenge. What remains is to give it life in and through my actions.