Have you ever experienced that moment of awakening when you found out your purpose, passion, and inspiration in life? In this Expert Insight Interview, Dr. Alise Cortez discusses ways of how to inspire yourself and others at work. Dr. Alise Cortez is a management consultant for awakening passion, inspiration, and purpose, logotherapist, radio show host, speaker, and author.
The interview discusses:
- The process of awakening
- Our purpose
- Our meaning
- Our identity
The Covid19 pandemic has produced many negative things, but one good thing that we can take out from it is that this pandemic can serve as a reset button. A reset button for everyone who got lost in the superficiality of the pre-pandemic fast-paced world, to take time to self-reflect and to find purpose, meaning, and identity in life again. The change comes from inside. And all that takes is for one person to have the awakening to become an inspirational leader for many other people in the organization.
The purpose is a choice, a path that we choose in honoring who we are and what we mean to be. However, like any other choice in life, people struggle to decide to pursue it. There are two ways which help people to make a choice. The first one is when you feel a lot of discomfort in life and no fulfillment at all, so you crave for something to change. An example of that could be a mid-life crisis. The second way is popular with the logotherapists, and it is called maieutic questioning. This method includes an element of surprise because the person is asked so many provoking questions in the right momentum that it becomes an eye-opening event for him or her.
Meaning reflects what is important to us, and it has an emotional component for all of us. Many people avoid making decisions that can change their lives by doing things others expect them to do. But, once when we take that mask off, and we find something authentic to only us, then we find our true meaning. Until the moment we discover something meaningful for us, we will not be able to make our choices differently.
Identity is a life-long process of finding who we are. Nowadays, our jobs play such a significant role in our life, that losing a job makes us feel like we lost our identity. However, we have to remember that the essence of finding purpose is about serving others, not ourselves. Thus, remembering who we were helping this whole time brings us to realize that our job was just a way to express our service to others and not our identity.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.