Go for the WHOLE thing…
For years I have been encouraging individuals and organizations to pursue health. I am starting to realize that the vision for healthiness is way too small and limiting. Webster defines healthy as “prosperous” or “flourishing,” which in itself isn’t so bad if health wasn’t so fickle. You can go the gym and eat well…and you can stop. You can have years of solid profits…and then they can plummet. One day you can make great decisions with regards to establishing good boundaries and limits and the next day you violate them.
The better vision is to exchange healthiness for wholeness. Wholeness relates more to being free from defect or impairment. It is about the seamless integration of smaller parts into something bigger and more substantial. It is about lacking nothing. Wholeness is when all the scattered fragments are woven together.
Imagine what it would look like to strive for wholeness and not health. At the organizational level, you create an organization where all the pieces (talent, departments, strategies) work seamlessly together for the good of the whole. At the relational level, selfish conflict could be replaced by a focus on what makes the unit stronger. At the personal level, you can rest from your striving from what you will accomplish and begin to rest in the person who you are becoming.
Healthiness may bring happiness and success. But wholeness brings joy…and joy is something that lasts and transcends all circumstances.
This week’s action: If you are striving for greater personal or organizational health, consider expanding your vision to include the concept of wholeness.
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Clients call Betsy Jordyn “the ultimate think partner for growth oriented senior leaders.” A consultant, mentor and executive coach, Betsy helps great people and organizations be even better by igniting their potential and talent.