In our “business as usual” world, what does it mean to be successful? The critical question could be more like “What definition of success is personally meaningful to me?” As any of us engage in this inquiry, we may ask ourselves to clarify what we need and want, and how that equates to our definition of success.
Arianna Huffington has started an entire movement based on this inquiry with the overriding premise that in these times, success is not about money and power but about something much greater: qualities of life, contribution, service and inner peace.
To assist with this evolving inquiry and the recalibration of business success, focus, and purpose, here are a few questions I share with clients (and often ask myself) when it’s time to refresh and adjust the compass:
what has heart and meaning, and contributes to my happiness?
what utilizes my knowledge and skills, and continues to expand my learning?
what supports my economic self-sufficiency and thriving, and that of my loved ones, my community & the local economy?
what legacy and impact do I want my business to contribute to locally, regionally, or in expanded networks?
how can I create a personal 3P bottom line: People, Planet, Prosperity?
I really resonate with the work of Charles Eisenstein and his work with Sacred Economics which traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, dilapidated communities, and necessitated endless growth. Yet, in the wake of this collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.
Today we are in the business of creating a miracle here on Earth.