“Never talk politics and religion in the workplace” is a rule of thumb and is probably especially true to keep peace in the workplace. However, living in spirit is not religion. Spirit is living out who you were meant to be. There is only one you. Imagine that! But I’m not just referring to the physical you; I’m referring to the spirit of you. No one else has your exact personality. What brings you great happiness may not be the greatest joy for someone else.
Living in spirit is being true to our values. What values are important to you?
- Family time
- Time with friends
- Worship time
- Financial stability
- Good health
You can live in spirit in the workplace and not be shunned or criticized. Spirit is about doing the right thing; watching someone’s back when no one else will; having empathy, sympathy and love. You can do all those things and not be ostracized. If anything, you will be admired! Spirituality in the workplace actually started decades ago. I am seeing more and more CEOs leading in spirit—even in a Godly fashion. But that is not what I’m talking about in this Monday Motivator.
We live in a very materialistic world. We live in a world where everyone is competing with each other to see who has the latest and greatest device or gadget? That’s just the surface of being a human being. Your spirit doesn’t care that you don’t have the latest, newest or best.
What are some appropriate ways to live and lead “in spirit” in today’s workplace without offending others?
- Our ACTIONS will always speak louder than our words. What do you display when are going through tough times? What do you say? How do you act? Are you courageous and speak of overcoming your obstacles or do you act like the victim?
- When dealing with others who may rub you the wrong way or a co-worker who is going through a tough time, come from a place of kindness, consideration, and love. While someone may appear to be a difficult person on the outside, they may be hurting on the inside. We don’t know what a person is going through in “their spirit.” Maybe they are having a rough time at home or with a child.
- Allow yourself to shine brightly. You were created for greatness! Don’t hide your talents at work. When you shine, you light up the world around you. When you do your best work, you encourage others to go the extra mile. I have been teaching administrative and executive assistants for 22 to years to reach for the stars—achieve their excellence. Do what is right for you and have the courage to stand out from the crowd. This does not mean you are better than anyone else. You are different—you are unique. Share your gifts and talents.
- When appropriate, when a co-worker is struggling, provide them with uplifting messages. Forward my Monday Motivators to them. Just a brief note or e-mail can lift someone up. Can you take 5 minutes to write a personal note and send a card? 5 minutes of your time can all the difference in the world?
- Spirituality is community. In the workplace, create community with others. Stretch outside your comfort zones. Extend a handshake; introduce yourself to a new employee. Maybe do something fun at a department meeting that will create a stronger bond among your co-workers.
Remember . . . it takes courage to live in spirit in the workplace and you can do it!