Are You Aligning Your Business Purpose with Your Passions in Life?

by Adele Sommers - Date: 2007-05-13 - Word Count: 400 Share This!

Do you have a tremendous fondness, desire, or enthusiasm for what you do for a living? If so, congratulations! You're most likely pursuing your passions in life.

On the other hand, do you know what happens when you choose a business direction that's not aligned with your life passions? You end up settling for an opportunistic approach toward your livelihood instead of selecting an endeavor that fuels you and helps you make a special contribution to the world.

You may have found yourself hopping from idea to idea, from career to career, or from business venture to business venture, accomplishing less than you're capable of achieving. If this sounds familiar, you're probably picking things that are convenient, but that you're not passionate about doing.

Below are three reasons why using a strategic alignment approach is crucial in helping us to develop and pursue goals that are worthy of our time and energy.

Alignment Reason #1 - Marketing Message:

When we're unaware of how our life passions align with our business purpose, it's difficult to develop branding and marketing materials that communicate with laser-like precision what we represent. And even if we are clear about our passions but haven't fully integrated them with other predominant themes in our lives, we can still send confusing messages to prospective customers, clients, partners, and employees.

Alignment Reason #2 - Maintaining Momentum:

When we skip the step of investigating our higher purpose, especially when considering a mid-life business transition, the results can come back to haunt us. It's easy to become burned out in any startup scenario. If the venture is not one we're passionate about, we'll have a difficult time gathering steam and developing momentum.

Alignment Reason #3 - Competitive Advantage:

Pursuing what we love imbues our work with magnetic sparkle that attracts not only customers and clients but also potential business partners, adding to our competitive strength.

Furthermore, if we can elevate our business passions to the level of a compelling cause, we will be in a better position to entice prospective employees through our business philosophy. A vision-based attraction is particularly important during the startup phase when other forms of compensation tend to be especially low. It thus helps us further cement our competitive advantage by enabling us to recruit a stellar team.

In conclusion, from sending crystal-clear and compelling marketing messages, to maintaining our business momentum, to developing a distinct competitive advantage around an appealing cause, nothing speaks as powerfully as doing what we love.

Related Tags: marketing, business, life, passion, purpose, mission, advantage, momentum, higher, competitive, alignment, aligning, passions

Adele Sommers, Ph.D. is the creator of the award-winning "Straight Talk on Boosting Business Performance" success program, and specializes in helping people align their life passions with their business purpose. To learn more about her tools and resources and sign up for other free tips like these, visit her site at Your Article Search Directory : Find in Articles

© The article above is copyrighted by it's author. You're allowed to distribute this work according to the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs license.

Recent articles in this category:

Most viewed articles in this category: