How do you feel when you head to the office or to the place you work? If you are like most of us, the answer to that question is, “It depends.” What it depends on is probably what happened or what we were thinking before we walked out of the door. Try this on for a moment: That “it depends” is what our success of the day depends on!
Wow, really? Yes! Contemplate deciding, as you get ready to work or head out the door, that this will be a productive, profitable and enjoyable day! When we enter the outside world of freeways, work and other people, setting our intention to have the best day possible is a form of professional enlightenment.
Enlightenment is one of those words bandied about by many people in many circumstances but what is “enlightenment” and how do I get there? It seems the traditionalists say only those most grand wizards and gurus get enlightened. The poor, lowly humans can only struggle and seek to become “enlightened,” rarely succeeding, because being “enlightened” seems to be only for the most pure, the most sacred, the Saints, those holy of holiest people.
The word enlightenment in the English dictionary says that Enlightenment was a philosophical movement of the 17th and 18th centuries. It emphasized the use of reason to scrutinize previously accepted doctrines and traditions and it brought about many humanitarian reforms. It is generally referred to as The Enlightenment.
This philosophical movement consisted of thinkers who consciously sought human advancement through logic, reason, and criticism. This was at a time when religions defined human civilization and advancement. So the “enlightened” ones shifted from the mythical, religious perspectives to that of logic and reason to think on and seek advancement of human civilization.
So, what if we carried with us into our professional world the perspective that the service we provide is somehow contributing to human advancement? Any product that we work with can fall into this category. Why? Because sometimes it is not about the product or service itself. It is all about how we engage our work. It is about what we bring to the table personally. Our attitude, our attention, our communication style, and our ethics all contribute to the elevation of humanity. Every interaction, every day in our business or professional world is an opportunity for us to shine our light, en-light-ening civilization.
Experiencing the realness of enlightenment is the acceptance that we are living consciously, that we are being the change we want to see in the world.
It is the present moment impacting every step of the way. Looking at it that way, doesn’t it seem like the key factor to our success is our attitude? Not only are those in our immediate family depending on us, all of humanity is. And … it all starts with how we feel when we walk out the door each morning.