Do you want your work to inspire others?
Is your work something you can be proud of?
Are you passionate about what you are building?
I had a client who hired me to render a motivational talk for his regional sales team. They held their session in one of the most breathtaking sites I’d ever seen. The room they gave me had a balcony, and when I woke up the next day I was greeted by a glorious sunrise that rose from behind a green mountain range forest that’s teeming with life. I could hear echoes of the sound of birds as if singing praises of the beauty of nature. This is God’s work of art.
Beauty is Created from a Heart that Loves
I can’t help but recall the passage from Genesis 1:31:
“God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” From God’s love, the whole universe, his handiwork, was created.
We can reflect on the work that we do. We have the capacity to create something great, if it comes from a heart that loves.
3 Ways to Turn Your Work into Art
Seth Godin, a marketing guru, relates art and what we do at work. He said:
“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.”
I’m going to take my queue on the three points mentioned above — creative, passionate, and personal, so we can turn our work into art that inspires others.
- Be Creative: Produce Something You Can Be Proud of
What if the work we are doing is anything but “creative”? Here’s the problem. We tend to equate creativity to work that only involves music, dancing, writing, painting, and the like. I think that anything that we produce, that is of value, is creative work. Even if it involves work with numbers, the analysis we propose and the reports we submit and publish are works of art. Let us ask ourselves, “What am I creating?”
In my line of work as content creator, I create inspiration for those who need motivation at work. As a speaker and trainer, I create learning modules, so that the audience may increase their knowledge and skills. In each project and event, I ask myself, “Is this something I can be proud of?” I am reminded that “Art is what we’re doing when we do our best work” (Seth Godin).
- Be Passionate: Put Love Into Your Work
Walt Disney said, “We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”
I thought about what he said, and I realized that in business, we want to bless more people. We keep on building our work because we believe in the value it can give others. Instead of making profit the bottom line, how about making “mission” the bottom line. How many people have your work reached? How is it helping their lives? When we are convicted of the purpose of our work, we can draw a blazing passion for what we are creating. We’ve got to love our purpose. Love is so powerful, that when you put it in your work, it shows.
- Be Personal: Your Work Reflects Who You Are
When we produce sloppy work, it reflects on us. It shows our attitude and our lack of care. Art is something that comes from our hearts. It is a piece of who we are that is made visible and tangible. It is an extension of our souls, through the work of our hands.
We often hear, “Don’t take it personally, it’s just business.” But every time we are criticized for the work we do, it hurts our emotions. It is not that we are seeking for praise, to feed our egos. It is about having the peace in our hearts that we are offering the best of who we are and what we can do through the service that we give. If we want to turn our work into a masterpiece, it has to be taken personally.
A Work of Art that Inspires
Art rhymes with heart, and they go together. When we put our heart into our art, we see a tangible form of love that inspires. One of the best ways to get self-motivated is to see the effect of what you’re building in the lives of others. Build your art, by loving your work.
Comment below: Which of the three ways of turning your work into art that you can apply to your work today?
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