Have you ever really stopped to consider what it means to be driven? Mules and horses are driven by the coachman or whip as he's called.
For many of us it is too easy to get on a track at work and in life, lean into the yoke, and just keep pushing forward day after day trusting that in the end it all works out for the best. Is this a healthy way to live?
One day we will reflect and look back over days, years, or decades of being a driven person. We've been pushed from behind.
Instead, what if you were leaning into your calling. It may be the same load, but we're choosing to accept the burden differently.
Here's a great article on the difference between a job, career, and vocation from Fast Company magazine founder, Alan M. Webber. I remember reading this article years ago and nodding my head in agreement. Watch today's On-Purpose Minute. You may find it alarmingly disturbing to your "well-ordered life." Perhaps you'll find it amazingly comforting as you pursue a calling that seemingly defies logic and reason to everyone except you.
Have you heard about Type A Personalities? These men and women have traits in their personalities that thrive on stress, pressure, multitasking, and ... (drum roll) premature death due to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and other stress-induced diseases. Being a driven person and exhibiting Type A behaviors are related but it need not be a death sentence.
Are you ready to begin the cure from being driven? Here it is: it has nothing to do with your personality—Theory A, B, X, or Y. It has to do with your worldview. You've adopted or adapted to a driven personality style.
The cure is to recognize that you are called, not driven. Your purpose forms the words of your identity by which you are called and, once known, you are better capable of recognizing and appropriately responding to your call.
Please let me hear from you. Share your story in the comments section below and you'll be putting voice to your thoughts and desires. More importantly, others will read your post and glean insights and better self awareness. You can make a difference this way that can alter the course of another person for good.
Be On-Purpose (called, not driven)!