18 Nov 8 ways to enrich your life and work (or, how to use your Golden Thread)
So you’ve found it.
The big idea at the heart of your work, the Golden Thread that ties everything together. The repeating pattern that runs through your life and work, the idea you return to again and again (sometimes subconsciously).
In my last blog, I talked about how your Golden Thread can help you make sense of a haphazard career and become a compass for your work and life choices. I also shared my free workbook to help you find your Golden Thread.
It was wonderful to see so many of you engaging with this topic and sharing your insights with me, but several of you raised one burning question: What next?
Once you know that your Golden Thread is about say, community, or connection, or systems and strategy – what are you supposed to do with that information?
Here’s eight steps you can take to enrich your life and work by following your Golden Thread:
- Write about it – So you’ve found the idea at the heart of your work – but is it reflected in your website and your marketing materials? If not, it’s time for a revamp. How can you weave this thread through your marketing message, your about page and your product offerings?By sharing your Golden Thread you’re letting your audience know what matters to you and that helps build rapport and engagement. You can also use it to set yourself apart from others in your field, by zeroing in on your passions and expertise.
- Pay attention – Notice where you are engaging in your Golden Thread in all areas of your life, whether at work, in your personal life, on the school committee or in the community. Start paying attention to how you feel when you work in that area or explore your Golden Thread – and aim to bring more of that feeling into your life and work.
- Get specific – Try to zone in on the precise aspects of your Golden Thread that you love. What elements of this work bring you the most joy and enrichment? Where else in life and work could you engage in those elements? If you volunteer on committees or in the community, try to negotiate assignments that will use your skills in this area, as these will likely be the most rewarding.
- Content strategy – Use your Golden Thread as a starting point for developing your content strategy. What does your audience need to know about your topic? How can you bring more of your topic into your editorial content and your social media updates?For example, if you blog about WordPress plugins but your Golden Thread is really about community – how can you bring those two together? Could you do a series on plugins designed for building online community? Or how community groups are using innovative WordPress plugins to pursue their goals?
- Go after it – Up until now, you may have been unconsciously pursuing your Golden Thread, so it’s now time to start consciously choosing your projects and opportunities. Keep an eye out for chances to upskill or explore a new aspect of your Golden Thread.
- Tell other people – Let your new and existing customers know that you especially love doing this kind of work. You may be surprised at the opportunities that arise.
- Benchmark opportunities – When opportunities arise to work on a project, to create or collaborate, consider to what degree the opportunity will allow you to pursue your Golden Thread. That won’t be the end of the calculation – sometimes ‘Golden’ opportunities won’t fit with your long term goals or your family life – but it will help you decide whether this is a project worth considering.
- Guiding principle - When making business decisions, consider how each option will support you - or not - in pursuing your Golden Thread? Which outcome would be more aligned?
The more we can align our day-to-day activities with our Golden Thread, the easier decision making becomes and the more enriching our work will be.
Are you consciously taking any of these steps? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know what you are doing to pursue your Golden Thread