Navigating Through Your Assignment – Practical Purpose I

Written by: Nikoya


Courtesy of NY Daily News

It takes a lot more training to fly a jet than to drive a car. When we drive a car we have the ability to see most aspects of the road; roadblocks, debri, stop lights and stop signs.

Becoming a pilot takes years of training, education and applied practice. Pilots have to know how to use the controls and systems required to fly. They have to communicate with the FAA for information on how to navigate their route in real time. Eyesight only goes so far when you are a pilot. A computerized system is required to help a successful flight take place.

The professional marketplace is similar to air travel. In the business world, once you obtain a certain level or a particular altitude, within your industry, you will need multiple systems to assist you in navigating through your path of success.

Your assignment is what you do once you know where you are going. As we’ve explored, living purposefully involves (1) knowing who you are, (2) knowing where you are going and (3) knowing what you will do once you get “there”. Navigating through your assignment requires self mastery and applied practice.


The Two Dimensions of An Assignment


There are two dimensions within the inner workings of your assignment:

1) The qualitative dimension

2) The quantitative dimension

If you are already operating in your assignment within your assigned industry, which dimension are you currently operating from 80% of the time? Are you primarily navigating through the dimension of quality or quantity in your work?

It is common to find that when we are operating primarily from a quantitative dimension to experience frustration, chronic cyclic challenges and exhaustion. Ask yourself this: What is my end goal in this current project/work day/problem? Start from your desired goal and work your way downward. What ever you do not finish will disappear from your list of tasks.

The qualitative framework is the most effective in 95% of marketplace industries. When you are more concerned about quality, your purpose is animated more effectively and helps to build a solid legacy.


Practical questions to clarify the effectiveness of your work towards your assignment:

  1. Where are your thoughts most of the work day: Time? Providing Value? Helping others to the best of your ability?
  2. What are 5 things you do very well? How can you do more of these things daily?
  3. You are who you believe yourself to be. How do you see yourself? Do you have positive self worth?
  4. If you are not in the line of work that animates your purpose, what applied practice are you engaging your gift, talent, skill daily?


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