Organizational Aerodynamics – Chapter Six – Organizational Success

Organizational Aerodynamics

(Copyright 2000, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Chapter Six – Organizational Success

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Organizational Success for your life, family, organization and/or business is dependent upon the simple notion of caring about everything you do! Welcome back to Organizational Aerodynamics, which is dedicated to improving our lives and the world around us. Take a moment to think about your life and the time that’s been given to you on this Earth.  None of us knows how long we’ll live – it could be for 100 years or the very next moment could be our last.  So, what we do during the time we have available to us will define our lives – which begs the question, “What will you do with your life and the time you have remaining to live it?” “How would you choose to spend your life, if you knew you only had a short time remaining to live?”

1.  Organizational Success for your life, family, organization and/or business is dependent upon the simple notion of caring about everything you do…

2.  “What will you do with your life and the time you have remaining to live it?”

3.  “How would you choose to spend your life, if you knew you only had a short time remaining to live?”

When I was younger, I visualized life as an amusement park through the eyes of a child waiting outside the main gate for the park to open. The ticket in my hand had the amusement park’s opening hours on it, so I could see the time I had available to enjoy the rides and attractions.  I realized that I could either make the most of my opportunity in the park by doing everything I wanted to do – or I could sit on a park bench just inside the main gate until closing time – it was my choice to make. That’s the point here.  It’s your life and your hopes, dreams, desires and passions that are at stake here. What you choose to do with your life will determine whether or not you’ve been successful, based on your personal definition of success…

4.  It’s your life and your hopes, dreams, desires and passions that are at stake here…

5.  What you choose to do with your life will determine whether or not you’ve been successful, based on your personal definition of success…

The operative word in this lesson is Success, but what exactly defines success in your life, family, organization and/or business?  First of all, no one can define success as it applies to your life but you!  It’s your life and you have ownership of not only how you choose to live it, but also for how you choose to define it.  Don’t allow anyone else to define your life for you.  Seek advice and counsel of course, but it’s up to you to name what a successful life means to you.  No one else lives inside your mind and only you can know what your hopes, dreams, desires and passions are.  The key to knowing how to define success for your life is to understand what your unique hopes, dreams, desires and passions are – and then choosing to follow them.  So how do we begin to know what our hopes, dreams, desires and passions really are?

6.  It’s your life and you have ownership of not only how you choose to live it, but also for how you choose to define it…

7.  Don’t allow anyone else to define your life for you

8.  The key to knowing how to define success for your life is to understand what your unique hopes, dreams, desires and passions are – and then choosing to follow them…

9.  So how do we begin to know what our hopes, dreams, desires and passions really are?

Modern life is so full of noise and distraction that it’s often very difficult for people to truly understand themselves and know what’s important to them – especially when they’re younger.  The way we understand something is to listen, observe, learn and pay attention to someone or to something.  In order to understand ourselves then – to know what our hopes, dreams, passions and desires are – we need to listen, observe, learn and pay attention to ourselves. Another way of saying the same thing is to follow your heart, because that’s where your hopes, dreams, desires and passions live.  Young people especially have so many choices and options available to them in this modern world, that it’s important that they take the time necessary to understand themselves, before they can ever know how to define what constitutes a successful life for themselves.  Take the time to ponder, listen and learn from your heart in quiet moments, where you can hear it speaking to you.  Your heart holds your heart’s desires, so let it define them for you!

10.  Modern life is so full of noise and distraction that it’s often very difficult for people to truly understand themselves and know what’s important to them – especially when they’re younger…

11.  The way we understand something is to listen, observe, learn and pay attention to someone or to something…

12.  In order to understand ourselves then – to know what our hopes, dreams, passions and desires are – we need to listen, observe, learn and pay attention to ourselves…

13.  Another way of saying the same thing is to follow your heart, because that’s where your hopes, dreams, desires and passions live…

14.  Take the time to ponder, listen and learn from your heart in quiet moments, where you can hear it speaking to you…

To know what your hopes, dreams, desires and passions are is one thing, but to actually pursue them through your life is another matter altogether.  That’s why I began this lesson by saying that organizational success is dependent on caring about everything you do!  Knowing that we only have a finite time given to us in this life, it then becomes obvious that what we choose to do with our lives should have meaning and value to us – and add meaning and value to the lives of others.  We should be passionate about what we do, or we shouldn’t be doing it!  If we’re spending our lives doing things we don’t care about or aren’t passionate about, then we’re wasting this opportunity and time we’ve been given.  The concept here is one of alignment.  Align your life with what you are passionate and care about.  This includes the people you choose to surround yourself with.  If you’re not doing the things in your life that you are passionate and care about, then have the courage to change the direction of your life in order to pursue them.

15.  To know what your hopes, dreams, desires and passions are is one thing, but to actually pursue them through your life is another matter altogether…

16.  What we choose to do with our lives should have meaning and value to us – and add meaning and value to the lives of others…

17.  We should be passionate about what we do, or we shouldn’t be doing it…

18.  If we’re spending our lives doing things we don’t care about or aren’t passionate about, then we’re wasting this opportunity and time we’ve been given…

19.  Align your life with what you are passionate and care about…

20.  If you’re not doing the things in your life that you are passionate and care about, then have the courage to change the direction of your life in order to pursue them…

The key to defining and achieving success in ways that support your hopes, dreams, desires and passions is to make sure your focus for engaging in them isn’t directed inwardly at self – but outwardly focused on others.  The nuance here is very important to understand. While you define success based on pursuing your personal hopes, dreams, desires and passions – the reason you choose to pursue them shouldn’t be specifically focused on yourself.  The true reason you pursue your hopes, dreams, desires and passions should be for altruistic reasons – for how your talents can benefit others through what you do.  In doing so, you avoid the pitfalls of pursuing the things you love for the sake of fame, fortune, power, position, status, popularity, celebrity, etc. – all proven to be empty, shallow, disappointing and even self-destructing reasons to do anything.

21.  The key to defining and achieving success in ways that support your hopes, dreams, desires and passions is to make sure your focus for engaging in them isn’t directed inwardly at self – but outwardly focused on others…

22.  The true reason you pursue your hopes, dreams, desires and passions should be for altruistic reasons – for how your talents can benefit others through what you do

In the next two blocks of instruction we’ll discuss the process of identifying your hopes, dreams, desires and passions, as well as finding your calling and vocation in life.  We’ll also discuss ways to identify what talents you might use to pursue your passion through – but for today’s lesson, the focus is on success.  Success is more of a philosophy of life and doesn’t depend on any one thing you do in your life, but looks at the entirety and aim of your efforts.  It’s all about perspective and being content with your life that matters – especially when looking back on it in your old age.  Examples of defining a successful life could be, “To love and serve God and my fellow man.” or “To be true to myself and to the ones I love.” or “To use my God-given talents to the best of my ability to bring joy and pleasure to the world around me.” or “To make the world a better place for everyone.” or “To help others live more positive, productive, satisfying, rewarding, happy and fulfilling lives.”

23.  Success is more of a philosophy of life and doesn’t depend on any one thing you do in your life, but looks at the entirety and aim of your efforts…

24.  It’s all about perspective and being content with your life that matters – especially when looking back on it in your old age…

All that matters in your definition of a successful life is that it holds personal meaning for you.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about your personal definition of success for your life – you never even have to share it if you don’t want to.  Your personal definition of success for your life should support your hopes, dreams, desires and passions – serving as a framework or outline to begin filling in the details of what those individual hopes, dreams, desires and passions are – and the talent(s) you will pursue them with.  That way, when you’re looking back on the life you’ve lived, you can say that you stayed the course and remained true to yourself – and your life has been a success – based on what you chose to do with the time that was given to you.

25.  All that matters in your definition of a successful life is that it holds personal meaning for you…

26.  Your personal definition of success for your life should support your hopes, dreams, desires and passions – serving as a framework or outline to begin filling in the details of what those individual hopes, dreams, desires and passions are – and the talent(s) you will pursue them with…

As for me, my life has been all about, “dreams, adventures and following the path less traveled” dating back to about 1975, when I chose to follow my heart and blaze my own trail through life.  I followed the path of my heart’s desires down many different paths in my life, requiring different skill sets and talents at different times along the way – many that I had to learn or teach myself.  In the process, I’ve learned many things about myself and what gives meaning and value to my life.

Each of the definitions of success that I’ve listed above as examples, have been incorporated over the years into my personal definition of success that originally began with, “dreams, adventures and following the path less traveled.” For example, Organizational Aerodynamics is an example of the last one, “To help others live more positive, productive, satisfying, rewarding, happy and fulfilling lives.”  Years ago, I also adopted a modified version of The Three Musketeers’ motto to define the measure of success for our own family which we still live by today, “All for one and one for all!”

Has this process of following my heart along the path less traveled been an easy one?  No, not at all.  In fact, it’s been a very difficult and challenging path to follow – for many different reasons – that I could have never imagined back in 1975.  Yet, following this path of my heart’s desires has been enormously satisfying to me knowing that I’ve stayed true to who I am, stayed the course and followed my heart on this twisting and winding path called life…

I hope that Organizational Aerodynamics helps you visualize your world in ways you have never imagined before, in order to take it to new levels that you never thought possible before!  I wish you good luck in defining your own individual measures of success for your life, family, organizations and/or businesses you’re part of – I know you can do it! God bless!     

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Organizational Success

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1.  Organizational Success for your life, family, organization and/or business is dependent upon the simple notion of caring about everything you do…

2.  “What will you do with your life and the time you have remaining to live it?”

3.  “How would you choose to spend your life, if you knew you only had a short time remaining to live?”

4.  It’s your life and your hopes, dreams, desires and passions that are at stake here…

5.  What you choose to do with your life will determine whether or not you’ve been successful, based on your personal definition of success…

6.  It’s your life and you have ownership of not only how you choose to live it, but also for how you choose to define it…

7.  Don’t allow anyone else to define your life for you

8.  The key to knowing how to define success for your life is to understand what your unique hopes, dreams, desires and passions are – and then choosing to follow them…

9.  So how do we begin to know what our hopes, dreams, desires and passions really are?

10.  Modern life is so full of noise and distraction that it’s often very difficult for people to truly understand themselves and know what’s important to them – especially when they’re younger…

11.  The way we understand something is to listen, observe, learn and pay attention to someone or to something…

12.  In order to understand ourselves then – to know what our hopes, dreams, passions and desires are – we need to listen, observe, learn and pay attention to ourselves…

13.  Another way of saying the same thing is to follow your heart, because that’s where your hopes, dreams, desires and passions live…

14.  Take the time to ponder, listen and learn from your heart in quiet moments, where you can hear it speaking to you…

15.  To know what your hopes, dreams, desires and passions are is one thing, but to actually pursue them through your life is another matter altogether…

16.  What we choose to do with our lives should have meaning and value to us – and add meaning and value to the lives of others…

17.  We should be passionate about what we do, or we shouldn’t be doing it…

18.  If we’re spending our lives doing things we don’t care about or aren’t passionate about, then we’re wasting this opportunity and time we’ve been given…

19.  Align your life with what you are passionate and care about…

20.  If you’re not doing the things in your life that you are passionate and care about, then have the courage to change the direction of your life in order to pursue them…

21.  The key to defining and achieving success in ways that support your hopes, dreams, desires and passions is to make sure your focus for engaging in them isn’t directed inwardly at self – but outwardly focused on others…

22.  The true reason you pursue your hopes, dreams, desires and passions should be for altruistic reasons – for how your talents can benefit others through what you do

23.  Success is more of a philosophy of life and doesn’t depend on any one thing you do in your life, but looks at the entirety and aim of your efforts…

24.  It’s all about perspective and being content with your life that matters – especially when looking back on it in your old age…

25.  All that matters in your definition of a successful life is that it holds personal meaning for you…

26.  Your personal definition of success for your life should support your hopes, dreams, desires and passions – serving as a framework or outline to begin filling in the details of what those individual hopes, dreams, desires and passions are – and the talent(s) you will pursue them with…

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