Thursday, November 09, 2006

Find Your Funnels

Do you or anyone you know ask "what will I do when I grow up?"
Are you passionate about your job and your life?
Are you a producer or a consumer in life?
Are you happy?
Do you have tangible activities to get excited about tomorrow?

One of life's greatest questions: "Why am I here?" Even that overwhelming doldrum can be attacked from logical, progressive thinking and acting. The next question is how?

Find the funnel
Find out what you are good at at never stop the pursuit of that which you can excel, make money at, enrich the lives of others, and lead by example. Identify your skill set, your interests, and how you would like to be remembered after you die. Yes, ask what you want said about you in the eulogy. If we ask questions of ourselves in this manner, we get answers like "I want people to remember me as a great father, teacher, giver, philanthropist", etc. No one wants to be remembered as rich- they just want that instant satisfaction they perceive richness will bring in the now.

Once you identify what you are good at, what interests you, how you can help people, and what you are or can be passionate about, you can find the funnel. The funnel is the scope of what it is you do, what you can specialize in, where your talents lie, and where your time is best spent.

Let us consider the construction worker. If they truly love their job, every construction job they tackle is "spending time in the funnel" and is time well spent. They feel invigorated, and the flame of their life's passion is fanned and grows. Any time this fellow spends at a second job (if he needs to) that is not as rewarding as carpentry; it would be considered "time outside the funnel". This time is virtually wasted. It does little to promote a sense of well-being, or to fan the flames of passion. It sucks the life out of you.

As we progress down our career paths (and this analogy is in no way limited to work), our areas of interest will begin to narrow to an area of specialty within a given discipline. This may be the carpenter who wants to work on high end homes, particularly exquisite kitchens. It may be the personal trainer who wants to work specifically with the elderly. As we progress down the funnel, more and more time must be spent in more specific pursuits, or else we are spending time "outside the funnel". Basically, we become closer and closer in touch with our true talents and interests and begin to understand why we were put on this planet. Spending time outside the funnel is spending time moving your life in the wrong direction once you already subconsciously know the direction your life is supposed to be headed.

Finding the funnel and spending as much time as possible inside it (with the right people, the right job, etc etc) is how to live a rewarding and happy life. Moreover, it is how to uncover your purpose and achieve your potential. Just remember, there may be a funnel for relationships, for work, for religion/ spirituality, for leisure pursuits, for physical challenges, etc. Spending all your time in one funnel will eventually reduce the reward garnered from time in the funnel.

So find your funnels. Be confident enough to accept and take responsibility over the fact that you are meant to contribute to the world in more than one way and that the more funnels you can find and flourish within, the happier and more complete a person you will become.

Are you in your funnel right now, or are you in a funk?

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