As Entrepreneurs for Impact, we like to grow, to challenge ourselves, to achieve new goals, to make bigger impacts.
For the most part, those are great qualities.
But when will it be enough?
As the 2020 began, I started thinking about goals for our Masterminds and for the readership on my blogs.
Like the CEO for Semco I wrote about a few weeks back, I aim to be a Chief Enzymatic Officer (an uber catalyst), not a typical CEO.
But on MLK Day, I attended an all-day Buddhist retreat. During eight hours of walking, sitting, chanting, and laying meditation, plus the tea ceremony and mindful eating, my goals seemed to "take a chill pill."
I reflected on times I have spent backpacking or living in monasteries in years past. So simple. But so content.
I thought about the often frantic pace of life, juggling my Mastermind ambitions, writing, investment banking, teaching at Duke and UNC, and being a father of three young kiddos, among other commitments.
My business coach recently asked about my BHAGs, Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
Together, we questioned whether they were big enough. After all, I want to make large-scale positive impacts in the world.
But am I (or do we) sometimes strive for big impacts because of ego and status,or because I (we) "want to make the world a better place"?
It's time to take a few more deep breaths and get on the right side of these two options.