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Moving from the Fear Zone to the Growth Zone

There are times when a social post resonates and reverberates through your soul. Such was the case in April of 2019 when this graphic showing the Comfort, Fear, Learning and Growth Zone phases showed up in my timeline.

I immediately began searching for the original author, as the graphic encompassed profound wisdom that was worthy of attribution. I wasn’t able to find the original creator of this masterpiece, only others who had repurposed it with praise.

A chart going from your comfort zone to growth zone

Since the current pandemic has thrown the world into fear, this graphic has come to mind. In times like these, it’s not uncommon for those who have previously pushed past the Comfort and Fear Zone to revert back.

Such is the extremity of the pandemic to test our ability to learn and grow. We may find that we begin to dwell again on our fears and seek to get some kind of control.

With so much uncertainty, the sense of control can be a great source of comfort, but we mustn’t let it put us in a place where we’re stagnant.  But how do we continue to learn and grow, despite the current climate?

Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Growth Zone

Even before this pandemic I tried to understand why some people are able to break through barriers and grow, while others get stuck in the Comfort Zone. The simple answer is “fear is the only thing holding us back,” but it seems as if there should be a better explanation.

Why isn’t it as simple as: if you want to learn something, just learn it? Or, if you want to experience more in your life, why not just pursue it?

What is it, exactly, that holds us back from experiencing more joy and happiness? Simply put – fear.

Fear stops us from leaving the Comfort Zone, but also prevents us from moving into the Learning Zone.

It is like a wall that blocks us. When we try to overcome fear, often we just ignore it or push it down. However, the fear we ignored eventually returns and limits our ability to move forward. Most of us actually dread the FEELING of fear in our body and avoid it at great cost.

What I’ve learned about Life Transformation is that for any new growth area we want to experience, we have to face and move through fear rather than pretend it’s not there.

What does it mean to “move through” fear?

Well, rather than trying to make fear go away, we move through it, meaning we acknowledge its presence and make the fear conscious. When we make fears conscious, the fear no longer has power over us. And, once it no longer has power over us, we slowly gain control over it.

Once we move through fear, we then can learn new skills in order to grow –without the barrier of fear standing in our way.

Although this isn’t an easy task at first, it is well worth the effort, because we become better equipped to move through new fears that come up in any area of our life.

3 Ways to Move into the Growth Zone

There are three key things I’ve personally used to overcome fear and grow into my potential:

1)   Identify the Fear

Fear is like a giant wall preventing us from growth. It also prevents us from achieving our dreams and desires.

Before we can move past fear, it’s imperative to understand what these barriers are and not just ignore them. The beauty is…once we become aware of our fears and barriers, and move them into our conscious mind, it becomes easier to move through them.

2)   Seek Solutions

My grandfather taught me at an early age, if something’s not working, try something new. As a child, I had no idea how invaluable this advice would be, but now I know it’s one of my strengths. I don’t accept what is, unless it’s what I want, and I challenge anything that isn’t working by looking for an alternative.

I’ve learned that “there’s always a solution to a well-defined problem”. So, if we define the fear, and then seek solutions to breaking through it, the mere focus on the solution will attract the resources and tools we need to move through the fear or barrier.

3)   Seek Comfort in Change

The beauty with breaking through to the Growth Zone is that as we become equipped at moving through fear, and seeking solutions to barriers, our comfort zone actually EXPANDS. We become more and more comfortable with growth, and change, and ultimately transformation. And, when we’re comfortable with transformation, we have nothing holding us back from achieving our potential and can create the life we desire.

How to Apply the 3 Keys to Achieving Your Potential

  • Ask yourself: “What is holding me back?” Name it. Make it conscious. Face your fears and move through them.
  • Seek solutions: In any area of your life you want to change, LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS. Don’t accept mediocrity, don’t accept what is. There is always a solution to any clearly defined problem.
  • Expand to the Growth Zone: By challenging your limits and looking for solutions, your comfort zone will expand into growth. And, when you do that, there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

 

 

Keeping Hope Amongst Fear

Each new year, most of us are filled with hope. Hope is why we celebrate right when the clock strikes midnight on a new year. It’s why we make resolutions. We’re ready to forget the hardships of the previous year and improve our lives.

For many of us, 2020 was a milestone. Not just a new year, but a new decade. For years prior, we looked forward, hopeful that 2020 would be the start of something new. The year things would turn around for the better. Or if you were already on an upward trajectory, things would continue going your way.

Winston Churchill QuoteLittle did we know, we’d be facing a global pandemic in 2020 and our lives will certainly be changed forever. At the moment, there is no end in sight. Projections for the lives that could be lost are staggering. The outlook for the economy is bleak. This is a scary time for many of us throughout the world and it would be easy to dwell in that fear.

But working at Share On Purpose the past eight years has taught me that hope is a powerful tool. One that, if given the attention it deserves, can change your present and your future.

We are a small company with big dreams, yet working towards them has not always been easy. We’ve parted with clients that made up the majority of our revenue. We grew too quickly without the right staff and infrastructure in place to support that growth. We’ve put trust in places we shouldn’t have. All of these missteps set us back on our path to reaching our dreams, but we have always been guided to keep hope.

Keeping hope means we set a certain expectation for how things will work out. We know that we’ll be able to work through whatever obstacle we’re facing and come out stronger on the other side by utilizing the lessons learned. We remain relentless in our belief that things will work out the way we want. The path most certainly isn’t what we thought it’d be, but we choose to believe the end result will be the same.

During difficult times, it can be hard to think about where you’re going and instead, set your attention on your present – your anger, fear and frustration. That’s when you must shift your focus to what is working. Find things to be grateful for. During tough business times, we focused on how our team came together and how we were able to innovate. This made it easier to keep hope.

For everyone who is stuck at home and fearful right now, find reasons to be grateful. Even though we’re physically separated, there’s a stronger sense of connection than I can ever recall before. I’ve spoken with more of my neighbors (from a safe distance) in the past two weeks than I had in the past two years living in my home. My social pages are filled with messages of people offering help to anyone who may need it, even complete strangers. We’re seeing videos from all around the world of communities coming together in unique ways, and even without being present, we feel a part of it. Yes, there is plenty bad, but there is also beauty in this pandemic.

We encourage you all to focus on what is working, finds things to be grateful for, and choose to keep hope.

“May your choices reflect your hope. Not your fear.” – Nelson Mandela

Abundance: Creating the Life You Want

Want to create more in your life? More success, more money, more joy and more meaning?

Share On Purpose hires great people who do great things, and proudly teaches them how to create more in their lives.

The first step to MORE is to understand the difference between abundance and wealth.

To be wealthy means that you have achieved “a great quantity of money and/or possessions.” Wealth is an end state.

Abundance, on the other hand, is an energy you step into. Webster defines abundance as “generating an ample quantity.” The keyword being ample, which means generously sufficient.

I think of abundance as the process of both creating and receiving more.

Becoming abundant means, you are receiving what you want in great supply, versus a fixed state of wealth where you already have it.

Said another way, abundance is the PROCESS of more; it’s the energy of attraction.

Tapping into the energy of abundance allows us to create more joy and more meaning, not just more money. We are operating within a flow of the powerful energy of abundance, rather than trying to force an end state of wealth.

We must also step into our divinity and our ability to CREATE more. Not just more money, but more everything. More success, more joy, and more meaning.

Sounds great, right? There’s a catch.

Two Things to Give Up:

In order to harness abundance, we have to give up our old ways of being, particularly our egoic need to try to force an outcome.

As a person who grew up in poverty, I spent the first half of my career driving towards wealth and success. As I acquired it, I realized I was still not happy,

1) Meaning versus Money:

I learned in order to create an abundant life I have to give up the quest for money, and instead seek meaning. By focusing on what matters and what I am passionate about, money will flow.

When I look for meaningful work it means I enjoy the work, and in the process of doing that, I attract more money. This is where passion comes in. To tap into abundance, we must be passionate about our work. Passion fuels abundance.

2) Freedom versus Control

The second key to abundance is understanding the difference between freedom and control.

The ego wants to control situations, others, and outcomes.

But does having more control feel like abundance? No. The truth is, what we really want is freedom. We really want financial freedom, time freedom, and the freedom to just be.

Are you hungry for more? Do you want to work in a place that places purpose, passion and potential as the foundation for attracting abundance?

If you know you’re destined for more and think Share On Purpose might be for you, check out our available positions.

 

Measuring What Matters: Focus on Growth

Since our family was poor growing up, the holiday season was challenging. While my friends were boasting about their gift wish lists for Santa, I was left to longingly stare at the Sear’s Wish Book knowing full well that Santa was make-believe, and most of the toys I circled were a fantasy.

One December weekend I spent the afternoon with my Grandpa and he asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that what I really wanted was a 10-speed bike. Back then, 10-speed bikes were hugely popular. My friends had received 10-speed bikes the previous year, and I felt totally behind the times. I begged for a 10-speed bike for my birthday, and again for Christmas, but I knew it was a long shot.

Gramps sensed my disappointment and asked, “Why do you want a 10-speed?”

Right on cue, I said, “Because my friends have one, and I want to ride with them.”

He smiled and said, “What’s more important, getting what you want, or getting where you want to go?”

At first, I thought he was talking about me wanting to ride with my friends, and I looked at him puzzled.

He continued, “Terri, because your parents don’t have the same resources as your friends, you have to focus on where you want to GROW, rather than what you want to get.”

He then went on to explain the reason he gave me books as gifts (rather than cool toys) was to help me grow into the type of person who would never have to worry about money in the future. At a mere 10 years old, I couldn’t fully comprehend this wisdom at the time, but I instinctively trusted the resolve in his voice.

“If you want your future life to be different than your present, you have to focus on growth. By focusing on growth, you get where you want to go and reach your potential IF you make a commitment to growth, rather than gifts.”

In retrospect, wow, he was right. Over time, I became an avid reader and leveraged books to both escape my childhood challenges, but also to accelerate the achievement of my goals. I developed perseverance, which led to a state of fearlessness related to obstacles.

I’ve learned to measure what matters most. Each year I measure the growth I’ve had in my professional and personal life, while still looking forward to continued growth and experiences to enrich the rest of my life.

Yes, I’ve had challenges in my life, but by focusing on the growth I had during those times, I’m able to persevere and keep on my path towards a continuously more abundant life.

Share On Purpose is focused on the growth and development of an individual as a whole. If you want to join a company that encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and grow, check out our available positions here.

And happy holidays from the Share On Purpose family!

Hopeful for the Future, Grateful for the Past

The time around Thanksgiving is always a gentle reminder of the power of gratitude and the strength in hopefulness.

I’ve heard many people lament 2019. For Share On Purpose, Inc. 2019 represented one of the most challenging periods in our company’s history. The year was just plain hard.

Interestingly enough, our culture was fortified during the most challenging periods in our company’s evolution. And 2019 was no different. Our leaders found strength they didn’t know they had and earned the leadership roles they now proudly hold.

Most of us here are chasing the biggest dream we’ve ever had, and yet this year we were pushed to our limits more than once.

But something inside of us, separately and together, encouraged us to keep going. Although we had much to fear, we always found a reason to hope.

Maybe it’s the vision we hold or the purpose behind it. Maybe’s its intuition or some other divine force. Possibly, it’s the power of perseverance deep within our soul.

Whatever it is, hopefulness is what we choose.

Hopeful is defined as “feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event” – which is how we see our company, regardless of the challenges we experience along the way.

This is important because HOPE is the key to achieving a dream. We must be inspired about a future vision, no matter what the present holds.

Most of us were taught to use external events, as an indication of success. As kids, we’ve heard questions like: “Did you win?” “Did you get an A in your test?” We’ve learned to evaluate our dreams, based on external measures of success.

This doesn’t work. To achieve a dream, we must look past our present reality to the hopefulness of that very dream, while being grateful for what is.

Because I faced extreme poverty and abuse as a child, I developed the power of hopefulness early on, which helped me to look past my immediate challenges to the sheer will to survive.

Rather than look at what was happening for hope, I learned how to shift my perspective to the dream of something different. I saw things the way I wanted them to be, rather than how they were at that moment. I learned to look for the good in everything. And… that filled me with hope.

Today, that hopefulness is now pervasive in our company culture. No matter what happens, our core leaders are able to shift their perspective to the good that can come from the challenge, rather than dwell on the challenge itself.

The truth is, we learn from each challenge we face, so difficulties are part of our growth, and part of how we achieve our dream. For Share On Purpose, challenges are simply a step on the path to reach our ultimate goal – creating a place of possibilities.

It may sound utopian to some, but it’s who we are at our core.

I was reminded of the power of choosing hope recently while watching an amazing movie, The Art of Racing in the Rain. On the surface, the movie is about a race car driver and his very special dog. However, look a little deeper, and you’ll see that the movie is really about the power to focus on what you want to create, rather than let life’s circumstances (in this case rain), control you. It’s one of the most inspiring movies I’ve seen about the power of hope.

As we near Thanksgiving, I’m most grateful for hope.

– Hope that things will improve in our nation

– Hope that there are better times ahead

– Hope that we are a beacon of “possibilities”

– Hope that we attract the best talent

– Hope for profitable growth

– Hope for powerful new concepts to launch

What are you hopeful about? What do you want to create with this life you’ve been given?

If you want to build something great, bring a spirit of hopefulness to your professional endeavors. Anyone can be critical and judgmental, but those who do great things know that hopefulness is THE attribute that produces victory.

Happy Thanksgiving. Be a beacon of hope.

Perseverance: The Key to Career Success

The ability to persevere through challenges and obstacles is the key to career success. However, in many cases, it is easier said than done. So, what stops us?

Fear is the number one thing that keeps us from having what we want.

Now I’m not talking about the kind of fear that keeps us from walking down a dark alley in the middle of the night. What I’m referring to are the fears that keep us from living, growing, achieving – such as fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear about the opinions of others, and for many even the fear of success.

As a result of this irrational fear, we convince ourselves that there is nothing we can do to improve our situation, e.g. that we don’t have what we need, we aren’t smart enough, or it’s too risky. So, we don’t do anything and accept where we are.

The truth is: when we really want something, there is always a way to overcome fear.

Truly successful people have two things in common:

They believe in a dream, vision, or goal

They believe in this so much that they will do ANYTHING to reach it. As a result, they tap into the invisible and unlimited power of perseverance. Perseverance is inside each of us, but only a few choose to access it. Successful people harness the power of perseverance by simply refusing to quit. This is easier than you might think. Those who achieve their dreams DECIDE that failure is not an option and, as a result, they persevere.

The second thing successful people do is face each fear head-on

They call the fear out from the dark recesses of the subconscious mind. By naming a fear and facing it, we shine a light on our innate ability to overcome that which we fear.

How to Push through the Fear

We don’t always recognize what it is that is holding us back, which is why so many tend to settle for less than what they’re worth. We all have fears. Some we might be aware of and some we might not. To recognize fear and face it head-on, the process works like this:

DECIDE on a dream or goal

The biggest issue with fear is that we don’t decide what we want.

FEEL the fear

When you think about your dream or goal, you WILL feel fear. This does not mean that you won’t get it, rather it means that you’re afraid you won’t. Do not let this fear dissuade you.

FACE the fear

In order to grow, we simply have to face the fear. Look at it, feel it, make it conscious; bring it into your awareness.

ACCESS perseverance

When we face the fear, we are able to access the power of perseverance to PUSH through fear and resistance. Just search your body for the feeling of perseverance (it will feel the exact opposite of fear).

The key is to PUSH through fear. Name it. Move forward in spite of how it feels (because it doesn’t feel good at first). Decide that failure is not an option. Once you do this, you’ll quickly feel the energetic sensation of perseverance. As you use that energy, you will find yourself growing, and then your ability to face the fear grows with it.

So, are you ready to face that fear today?

If fear is stopping you from taking the next leap in your career, now is the time to push through. Join a company that is committed to your professional and personal growth. Learn about our available positions here.

Embrace “And” in an “Or” World

As I reflect on my life, there is a long list of things to be grateful for. Near the top of that list is being thankful for the courage to challenge “or” thinking, while seeking the power of “and.”

There is tremendous power in “AND.”

Most of us have been conditioned to make trade-offs. I can have work-life balance OR financial success. Meaning OR money.

But both? We don’t even consider it an option because we are trapped in the world of “or.” Unfortunately, this “or” thinking is now so firmly entrenched in our culture that it’s showing up in all aspects of American life (win or lose, good or bad, liberal or conservative).

It’s Time for Change

A group called Business Roundtable (181 CEO’s of America’s largest brands representing 30% of market capitalization) stated officially that a company needs a purpose beyond just profit.

They said business should DO GOOD. That business should care about people. Rich, successful corporate CEOs had a purposeful awakening. Hmm.

Although their statement could be considered benign as they are just words without policy change at this point, the words do matter.

These CEO’s have determined business should seek meaning AND money.

Embrace “AND”

The realization recently reached by the Business Roundtable is something Share On Purpose has been striving for since its creation. We don’t have to be limited by “or.” If the way we view and think about life doesn’t create the results we want, then it’s time to think differently. It’s time to embrace “AND.”

“Or” thinking is a trap. It’s not the way our lives were meant to be lived, so we certainly should not settle for it. So, why do we automatically assume there are limitations and that we must make trade-offs?

We have conditioned our minds to do so, and it’s a giant misconception. It’s not real. Although it’s true there are limits, those limits are NOT meant to restrict our desires, but rather to guide us towards the path to more.

We do not have to make trade-offs with an “OR” mindset. To reach for more, and truly embrace the “AND” that is waiting for us, rather than assuming there are limits, we must simply embrace that we can have everything we want, as long as we prioritize. It’s not about giving anything up, but instead reaching for all that we want, while understanding that we have to get there a different way.

To embrace this different way, we must relinquish the power that “or” thinking has on our subconscious mind while learning how to choose “and” thoughts. It sounds easier than it is. Like it or not, we are trapped by the limits of “or.”

It’s a habitual endless charade.

It does not have to be like that, and I know first-hand.

When I finally challenged “or” thinking and stepped into “and,” I was driven by the quest to be my authentic self. I wanted to do purposeful work. Having reaped the financial rewards of entrepreneurship, I was now hungry for meaning.

The Share On Purpose portfolio of companies was born out of that shift.

“And” thinking is rocket fuel – a power so intense it requires a LOT of adjustment. Most of my failures during this journey were because I didn’t understand the power of “and,” nor how to harness the energy it generates.

It’s kind of like driving a 4-cylinder car your whole life and all of sudden you buy a 12-cylinder Ferrari, which is way more power than you’re used to.

The truth is – the power of “and” requires some getting used to. Old ways of being, the ones trapped in “or” thinking, take time to undo.

So, how can you gradually step into the power of “and”?

1) Start small. Find one thing you’d really like to do, on a small scale, leveraging the power of “and”. Try something simple. Think of it like a lab experiment and put yourself in the Petri dish.

Make a list of combinations. Examples such as:

– Spend time with family AND rest

– Eat healthy AND enjoy the food

– Work out AND have fun

– Have a career I love AND pays well

Try to list 4-5 possible “and” combinations; small scale items that you’d find pleasure in testing.

2) Focus on desire. Which “and” combo would be the MOST enjoyable? Desire fuels motivation. Choose one you really want to experience and commit to testing it in the next week. Don’t wait. Try it now before “or” clutches you back into its grasp.

3) Begin with the end in mind and get clear on what you want to create. Take time to define the vision of “and” for this small experiment. What would it look like if you could have both of the items on your “and” list?

One of the reasons we stay trapped in “or” is because we don’t really know what we want. Being clear on what we want is the key to creating more. Define what your “and” looks like in clear terms. Be crystal clear.

4) Decide. The second reason we don’t make the transformation (besides not being clear) is that we don’t make a decision to change what we are doing. Make the choice to test it and start now.

5) Focus on perception rather than perfection. Don’t try to make the experience perfect. Just take a step towards what you want and observe your perceptions along the way. How do you view what happens? After all, it’s a Petri dish experiment and observation is key.

Things to look for:

– Do you judge yourself?

– Was it easy? What was hard?

– What is your self-talk?

– Do you allow others to talk you out of what you really want?

– Where does self-sabotage kick in? Why did you let it?

6) Evaluate, adjust and repeat.  Small “and” steps will ensure that you retrain your mind without the added pressure of intense risk.

Creating an “and” filled life is the reason why Share On Purpose exists.

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The Mindset of a Champion

I was in a fastpitch softball playoff game in Sarasota, Florida when my father showed up drunk and proceeded to berate me in front of my teammates. At 12 years old, it was one of the most humiliating events of my life.

Crumbling under the weight of the shame, I failed to get a hit in two at-bats. Rage filled every pore of my being, and I had a meltdown at the end of the 4th inning. Coach Stinnett quickly pulled me aside and shook me lovingly, only to give me one of the purest lessons of my life. This is what he said: “Champions play to win. Champions don’t focus on what goes wrong. Champions use difficult circumstances to focus on winning. Champions only focus on winning. They play to win.”

“You are a champion. Now play to win!”

Wow. What a powerful insight. So, from someplace I can’t explain, that’s what I did; that game, that day, and forever since. I simply approach everything from the perspective of a champion.

How do you play to win?

Over the years, as I’ve taught this lesson to others and written about it frequently, I’ve grappled with how to capture the magical component that has truly transformed my life from poverty and abuse to success and joy.

I am frequently asked, “How exactly do you play to win? What is it that we should DO differently?”

To answer that question, I’ve observed business leaders in turn-around situations. And as a sports fan, I’ve studied athletes in championship games.

What did they DO exactly? How did they play to win?

Take it from the Pros

As Share On Purpose prepares for our fifth annual Fantasy Football draft, I am reminded of the most dramatic display of using a championship mindset that I’ve seen on the football field. It was the 2017 Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

In the third quarter, the Falcons led the game 28-3. For fans in the stands and watching from around the world, the game appeared to be over. No team had ever overcome a double-digit, second-half deficit to win a Super Bowl. There was simply no way even the best champion could find a way to win, right? Wrong.

The Patriots methodically scored 25 unanswered points to eventually tie the game, 28–28, with 57 seconds left in the game. New England won the overtime coin toss and went on to win the Super Bowl.

Admittedly, I am not a New England Patriots fan; but as I was watching the miraculous comeback unfolding, I wondered, “How are they doing this? How are they playing to win when the odds are overwhelmingly against them?”

I moved closer to the TV searching for an answer to these “how” questions.

Quickly, I realized the answer was in the player’s eyes

Through intensely observing the eyes and body language of the players on both teams, I imagined their self-talk.

With the score 28-3, the Patriots DECIDED to win. You could see it in their eyes. They looked for ways to win. They shut down any thought in their mind that a loss was possible.‍

Think about that for a second. When things go wrong, what do most of us do? We worry about failing and allow our thoughts to shift to what else could go wrong. That is not what champions do. Champions don’t worry about failing, they simply shift their focus to do what it takes.

New England’s first touchdown in their comeback series was ugly. They made dozens of mistakes, but it didn’t matter how it looked. They shifted their focus to the next play. They looked FORWARD, not back.

On the other side of the field, Atlanta’s quarterback, Matt Ryan, seemed to be wondering: What if we lose? What if we’re too tired? What if I can’t score another touchdown? What if we fail?

Champions PLAY TO WIN. They control their thoughts and ask different questions. When things go wrong, they ask, how can I win?

Training to be a Champion

I teach the Share On Purpose team how to shift their thoughts from asking the question, what if I fail, to instead asking, how do I win?

So, how do you play to win? Simple:

  • Pay attention to what you’re thinking at all times. Make your thoughts conscious.
  • Remind yourself that you have 100% control over your thoughts and emotions. They don’t control you. YOU CONTROL THEM.
  • Remind yourself that you can train yourself to shift your thoughts and emotions. It’s like a hidden muscle waiting to be activated. You just have to practice.
  • When your thoughts drift to doubt and you worry about failing, SHIFT.
  • Shift your thoughts by challenging every doubt. Rather than worrying about failing, ask yourself, HOW DO I WIN?
  • Shift your mind. Focus only on the ways you can use this situation to find a way to win.
  • Shift your eyes. Look forward.
  • Shift your body language. Winners use their body and “state” to elevate their thoughts. Shoulders back, head up. Play to win.

Are you ready to join a “play to win” team? Check out our available positions here.

 

Enthusiastic – A Cultural Foundation

Watching the Women’s World Cup victory this month reminded me of one of our portfolio’s cultural foundations – Enthusiasm.

The definition of enthusiasm is “ardent and lively interest or eagerness.” The US Women’s Soccer team displayed enthusiasm under incredible pressure, going on to win their 4th World Cup and two back-to-back championships.

Being enthusiastic about the game, not just the goal, inspires enthusiasm, and I was reminded of the path many of us took to build what is now Share On Purpose, Inc.

Five core leaders (three who are still here) decided on these cultural values in 2013 during one of the more challenging periods in our company’s evolution. Let me repeat that – we chose enthusiasm as a cultural value during one of our low points – a period after which we had lost our largest client, were failing financially and were not sure if the company would survive.

Yet, we remained enthusiastic. In spite of failure.

What I know now is that enthusiasm isn’t just something that follows success and sustains during failure… enthusiasm is a way of life.

– Do you love what you do? If so, unleash your enthusiasm, and if you don’t love your work, be enthusiastic about making a change.

– Do you enjoy the people you work with? If so, let them know, and if not, be enthusiastic about creating something new.

It’s EASY to be enthusiastic when things are working well. Most of us allow our emotions to be driven by what is happening TO us, versus feeling enthusiasm for the way things are as we create something better.

Successful leaders understand that enthusiasm is the gas that powers each of us to the life we dream about. For winners, enthusiasm starts before the victory, and success is the result of the level of enthusiasm generated throughout the journey.

When I experience major setbacks, I certainly reassess our business model and make the necessary changes to achieve the vision. Yet, without fail, I remain enthusiastic for both the vision of what I want to create, as well as the things that didn’t work out because they provide the course corrections to what WILL work.

So, what do you want professionally? Are you doing your part and finding enthusiasm on the journey? Do you understand that your emotions fuel you past doubt and that you have 100% CONTROL over what you think and feel?

Success is imminent when energy is focused.

Character

The culture at Share On Purpose is built on character and integrity. We firmly believe you must be able to “walk the talk.” We look for this quality in each person who joins the team as well as the clients we choose to partner with. 

Bob Prince, our Manager of Digital Media, is one such employee who exemplifies the principle of character. He stated, “I want people to know that when you throw the ball to Bob, I’m going to do my best to catch it. It’s my personal pride. I want to be everything I can be.”

His work ethic and commitment to excellence was instilled in him early on. “I’ve had a fairly independent life,” Bob said. “I had to make difficult choices from a pretty young age. I’d watch others make choices that didn’t turn out well and I didn’t want to follow that path. I always made the best choice I could, and I can proudly say that I have no regrets.”

Bob’s personal standard of doing what’s right is reflected in the work he produces at Share On Purpose. When asked to define character he stated, “It’s your currencyand if you don’t maintain the value of your own personal currency then what you contribute is worthless. You have to have something you value, which is yourself.”

Share On Purpose seeks employees who take pride in their character but also work to nurture it. “Share On Purpose is a people-centric business,” said Bob. “I love that we do things that make an impact. It’s hard to put that into words, but even in small ways we do things that improve people’s lives. There’s enough negativity out there and I want to be on the positive side of things. Share On Purpose makes me a better person because of the standards we set. I try my best to meet those standards and then model them for other people. For example, authenticity is very important at Share. I want to be authentic in my personal life as much as at work. That means, I say what I mean and mean what I say.”

If you ask Bob or the leadership at Share, they’ll be the first to admit having strong character doesn’t mean being perfect. It’s about committing to truth and being open and honest, even when you fail.

We ask ourselves hard questions. We wrestle with both perceptions and reality to uncover truth, and we face facts even when it’s painful to do so.

This commitment to character means that we will fire clients who treat team members poorly, and conversely, we will terminate team members who don’t care enough to serve each other, or our clients, well.

We also admit mistakes as soon as we find them (which is never soon enough) and will change what doesn’t work.

We pick ourselves up when we fail and use perspective to look for the good in ALL things.

That’s the beauty of an authentic commitment to truth: it’s not about being perfect, but rather understanding that character is indeed a window (people can see in), and we must walk the talk.

Working at Share On Purpose means that our leaders won’t be perfect but are committed to the pursuit of excellence. We will question everything because we want to win at serving, rather than selling.

If you’re ready to commit to being your best self and want to work with a team committed to the same, come join us.