We often believe that smart business practices are to be left to business. We study best practices and apply them at the office or work environment, and then lose sight of these methods once we have shifted gears to our home life. However, if we applied many of those same principles we focus on during the workday to our family lives, wouldn’t it make sense that we would find success at home as well?
In my last post, “Thinking Inside the Box,” I argued that many organizations have lost sight of the key fundamentals that once defined their existence. The challenge was made of our organizations to regain clarity and re-focus on the basics. That same challenge now extends to your family!
Have you ever identified the non-negotiables in your family? Think about that for a second.
Is there a clearly defined culture in your home? Or, are you hoping that life at home will take care of itself? How long would your business survive if you left it to chance without a clearly defined plan?
The foundation of your family is established in three defining areas. It is not by accident that these are the same three areas that are key to your organizations culture.
- Purpose. What does your family stand for? Some families find purpose in being charitable and mission minded. Other families may have great devotion to education and ensuring that each generation is grounded in scholarship. Whatever your purpose, be intentional about communicating it to your spouse and children regularly.
- Passion. Are you enthusiastic about your family? Do you pursue your family purpose with excitement? Love your family! Be selfless in your actions and encouraging with your words.
- Focus. Is your family concentrated and unified? When you communicate your purpose and share your passion with your family, your focus becomes clear. Sharpen your focus, and you will eliminate uncertainties and doubt. Transparency strengthens families.
Are you up to the challenge? Do something many families no longer do. Clear the kitchen table of the junk mail and unfolded laundry, sit down together, and talk. Clearly define your purpose and pursue it with passionate focus.
Leave a comment and share your commitment to lead your family.