Spirituality in business is a conversation we need to have more often. Beyond religion and faith, atheism and agnosticism, we can all agree that the purpose of our work can’t be to gather a lot of money and die rich.
For the sake of this conversation, we define spirituality as a connection to a higher purpose. You can have whatever faith you want. That’s not the point we are making. We want spirituality to be a discussion that pulls out the best from people, no matter what religion, doctrine or logic they follow. In the end, the work we do must be a tool that builds us to become better humans.
Spirituality in Business
Whether you are the head of a company, part of a workforce, or transitioning to start your own business, you need to realize the importance of keeping a healthy inner self.
Like this article from Entrepreneur, which tells the stories of five business owners who applied spiritual principles to the way they run their business and got positive results. The article goes over the struggles of building constructive relationships in the cut-throat environment that the business world can be.
Your business decisions affect your life and maybe other people’s lives. Being intentional about your spiritual development will nurture values that will keep what’s important in the first place. For example:
- How can you show compassion when you setup your employees work hours?
- How do you exercise patience in unforeseen situations that you didn’t cause?
- How can you apply wisdom to the way you resolve conflict?
- How can you be more loving when you compensate vendors or employees?
- How do you exercise kindness to others, even the competition?
- How can you forgive those clients or bosses who never paid you or treated you disrespectfully?
- How can you be more generous with your family and yourself when it comes to time and money?
Can you imagine what it would be like if you were more patient, wise or generous? What if you are just one step away from a breakthrough, and all you need is to let go of the times you’ve been wronged?
The Values of Faith
We know religion can be a controversial topic. Some idiots use their religion to justify senseless acts. That’s not religious expression. It’s fanaticism and, again, idiots. However, there are positive values that most religions have in common. All of these values are useful to you personally and will improve the way you do business.
Some of the values you can develop from a spiritual standpoint are:
You don’t have to give value to religion if you don’t want to. But you can use the values of faith to improve your life and those around you. Like A.J. Jacobs, editor at Esquire Magazine, who challenged himself to live a whole year biblically. He dressed up as the Sunday school slides you remember, stopped shaving and even tended sheep and wrote a book about the experience. Because he learned so much, he says he went from being an agnostic to a “reverent agnostic”. He found the beauty in the sacredness of faith and he got unexpected benefits.
Watch the video and see what he means:
Be more Spiritual. Be Better.
Maybe you can’t imagine yourself as a spiritual person. You hear the word spiritual, and you picture yourself in a funny suit, praying or never speaking profanity ever again (now THAT would be a miracle!). Or maybe you’re an atheist or agnostic, or you simply don’t care anymore. That’s fine. You can be spiritual without having to believe in spirits.
We propose that you put spiritual development high on the list of priorities of your life and business plan. We believe the world would be a better place if we could see beyond profit and productivity and start appreciating people and life in a deeper way.
You can start being more spiritual by simply being open to the conversation. Start by talking to intelligent people about what they believe. You can even use the points in this article and say they’re your own. We don’t care.
The idea is to find the language to create a conversation that makes sense in your mind. And as you do, you will start asking yourself questions you didn’t think mattered. More importantly, it will allow you to connect with other people in more meaningful ways. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about life and people just by having conversations that are so uncommon nowadays.
That said, here are some ideas to help you on your journey to becoming a more spiritual person.
Tips to Nurture Business Spiritual Development
Don’t try to force spirituality. The healthiest spirituality is the one that grows in an environment of freedom. If you’re in charge of a team or a company, don’t start giving out pamphlets or implementing a mandatory session of meditation. Not only you can get in a lot of trouble, but it’s also not productive.
Belief can divide people. Instead, be ready to engage in dialogues about what other people believe. Be humble to understand other points of view and appreciate the depth and sense of other doctrines.
Learn to look at people’s lives instead of the label of their religion. Listen to their story and find the virtue in their doctrine. Don’t question it or attack it. Be insightful and discover the treasure in it.
Try learning about important religious leaders. There are hundreds of books and documentaries where you can get important insights about life and spirituality. Don’t dismiss a religious figure just because you don’t agree with them. For example, maybe you don’t like the Pope, but you can learn about his leadership style. Or you don’t think Buddha makes sense, but you can learn from his discipline and the legacy he left behind. The potential of a new point of view is there for you.
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