Wanting vs. waiting

I hear myself telling people that I am waiting to hear about a particular job assignment I hope will come to pass.  I envision the people I will be working with, the motivation of all involved and playing at the top of our game. I am excited.

As a leader and consultant, I have always believed what motivates people to be their best is to find meaning (that may lie under the surface) and make contribution. The opposite is true as well — to make something meaningful for another and be contributed to. It may be easier for some organizations to find their way here, but the potential lies dormant within every company. Leadership first needs to see the value in this endeavor.

Maybe you are like me. I wake up each day wanting to be the best I can be — living to the fullest of my human potential with no limits and no fear. I wish this for everyone — those I know and the strangers I haven’t met yet. Regarding this assignment, I want to be part of the team setting the stage for excellence. I want to lead that. 

And if the opportunity doesn’t come to pass, how long will I let disappointment be my focus? I hope not more than five or six minutes. In the meantime, I will look at “waiting” as a word that accomplishes nothing except stealing my attention from what is here and now. As if things will really be great if I could just “land this assignment.” How often have we said that? Things will be great when I get to college, get out of college, when I fall in love, when I have children, when I am divorced, when I get this job, when I leave this job … Waiting seems to be a thief, and I am scrubbing this word from my vocab. Wanting is natural to being human. Waiting is a context we made up to describe periods of transition — from this to that.

I am learning that life doesn’t begin “when.” The time to live full out is now!

(Now if only that phone would ring …)