In addition to our work at A Better Place Consulting and the time I spend with my kids, you may also know that I also run the non-profit Pawssible. With so much going on, people often ask me how I “do it all.”
This is an incredible question that spurs so many other questions, right? What does it even mean? What is doing it all? What is all? Is this a compliment? Or is this a suggestion that I should be doing less?
I have stopped trying to decipher the code and have looked deep into what this means for me. Finally, I have figured it out. I know exactly how I do it all, and, even better, I know exactly what my “all” is.
It is really simple: I only do one thing, and I focus on doing it really well.
The thing I do is what drives me and energizes me. It is what I was born to do, and what I wake up each and every morning invigorated to accomplish.
That “thing” is to make the world a better place.
My “all” is why I named the company A Better Place rather than “Bunny Young’s Consulting Firm.” What I do is larger than I am, and I realized that early on. What I wanted more than financial stability, publicity, recognition, my own company, or anything else was to make a positive change in the world.
I want to leave this world a better place for my children.
When the idea for Pawssible Service Dog Connection was formed, I chose to be the Executive Director of the organization to support this community. The choice was simple. Why? Because I was doing the same thing I do for ABP: supporting positive change in order to make the world a better place.
Whenever I have a new business venture to consider, a volunteer opportunity, a feeling of overwhelm, or a church obligation, I settle back into my focus and decide:
Will this help make the world a better place OR is it something I am doing because I think I should be doing it?
My personal practice defines ABP’s professional work as well. When we make choices for strategic planning and goals, we return to our core values and the reason why we exist. That foundation and alignment allow our clients and their teams to remain clear not only on what they are doing but why they are doing it.
Most of us do not put in 12 or 14 hour days because we want the overtime or the money. We do it because we know our efforts are worth it and are going towards something we care about. We know that our actions and changes are affecting not just us but our families and communities. I love that if I do have to come home late occasionally or choose to work on a blog, paper, or proposal into the night, my daughter finds comfort in knowing that mom is saving the world, one client at a time.
So do not do it all. Do what you love, what drives you, and do it well.
Do that one thing, and do it over and over and over again. Share it with your family, your company, your friends, and your world. It is your gift, and you will be rewarded for honoring that authentic skill and passion that helps you make your world a better place.