We may question the need for love in our professional lives, but from a productivity perspective, peak performance is always about love. If our performance is fuelled by ego-driven competition, whether in sales, marketing, customer service, or sports, our efforts devolve into a task of keeping score and beating the other person or team, which results in stress, anxiety, pressure, and a crisis when we fall behind. However, if we sell, grow market share, resolve customer complaints, or serve in the military for the pure love of the endeavour, out of a desire to give of ourselves and fulfil others’ needs, we easily and naturally achieve superior results.
In the world of dance competition, for example, if a dancer focuses only on scoring the highest point total and beating his competitors, he experiences stress and pressure accompanied by a muscle tenseness that results in mechanically running through the steps. However, if the dancer competes because he truly loves to dance, and looks at it as nothing more than another opportunity to give a gift back to the world (by showcasing his talent with passion, imagination, and creativity), he will feel no stress. It brings an understanding that pressure is not naturally present, it is created – and he can find his flow. A distinct and measurable difference exists between doing the choreography and being the choreography – between merely making the movements and performing the dance.
Perhaps the most comprehensive statement I know of love’s universal relevance and applicability comes from Dieter Uchtdorf, who explains,
“Love ought to be at the centre of everything we do in our own family, in our charitable giving, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be on our walk and our talk. When we truly understand what it means to love, any confusion we have about life and our unique place in it clears and our priorities align. Our walk through the halls of life becomes more joyful. Our lives take on new meaning. Our relationships become more profound. Obedience becomes a joy rather than a burden. Love allows us to look beyond our physical attributes and see and appreciate the inner qualities and traits that don’t diminish with time.”
My challenge is to try this principle in whatever circumstance you may be in. Whatever your profession or family situation, put this to the test. You will find more joy in your work, your family, and your life.
Like The Beatles so eloquently put, “All you need is love, love is all you need.”