I looked at my coworker and I said "Oorah". It was the best word I could think of to describe the moment. We had just both poured ourselves into the task at hand as if our lives depended on it. We were laying out dowels for caissons. Against all odds, we had found control points from over 50 feet away and transferred them into a future elevator core to determine where to stab eight #10 bar twenty two feet long each. We had done this while a concrete truck was about to get hard, which would cost us not only the concrete in the truck, but also the entire caisson we had already poured half of.
Think of the last time you were lost in the moment, completely loosing track of time. What were you doing? Write down your answer and look at it.
Remember the last time you had an adrenaline rush? What were you doing? write down your answer and look at it.
What is the last thing you produced that you were proud of? What skills do you have that other people have gave you praise about? Write down your answer and look at it.
Looking back over your answers (or let's be honest, you're just thinking about the answers because you didn't actually write anything down), you'll notice you've found meaning and excitement about a lot of different unrelated things.
The truth is, the distraction of figuring out your "passion" or "finding your purpose" is a barrier you've subconsciously created to hold yourself back from achieving great things. You can find meaning and accomplish things greater than yourself in many different fields of work.
The key to achieving greatness and living an inspired life is learning to live in the present moment. In the moment you can be larger than life and perfect your trade, regardless of what that is for you right now.
Last Thursday, in the moment I managed a caisson crew, a grade beam crew, a utility crew, a concrete core crew, put a real estate deal back together that was falling apart, and answered some last minute questions to get final approval on a fix and flip loan from a bank, all while dealing with the new news that my grandpa had died in his sleep the night before.
I could remain larger than anything life could throw at me, and I did it by remaining present in the moment, ready to give my all to ANYTHING life could come up with.
When you are in this flow state, it's contagious. The people working with you can feel it. It's the reason sports teams rally and crowds in the stadiums feel "magic".
When everyone on your team starts to work in the moment, lost in the process of achieving your work, the outcomes are limitless....but it all starts with you and your ability to get lost in the moment by finding the meaning in the work you do.
More on how to do that in future posts.
My name is Eric Young. I started this blog to share my ideas around helping people create success online businesses.