Community Distractions…

imageWhat was I saying about focus? Staying on task? It would appear that I have been letting my love for community get in the way of just about everything. I looked at the work I had done recently in a coaching session where I was highlighting my priorities, something along these lines:

  1. Love
  2. Health
  3. Creativity
  4. Work and Business
  5. Community

Hmmm… I would have to say that getting ready for this week’s Farmers’ Market┬áin my suburb trumped all priorities. This is probably a more accurate list for the last week:

  1. Community
  2. Community
  3. Community
  4. Community
  5. Community

As I was warming my toes by the fire last night, having our celebratory community dinner to mark another successful market, I found myself talking about social enterprise.

Social enterprise marries two of my passions – working out how to make things happen practically, and making a difference in the community. Profit with Purpose if you will. But running a social enterprise can actually be more complex than running either a not for profit organisation or running a business. You have to combine the skill of creating a profitable business with the ability to create and be accountable for positive social outcomes for the community. And that’s no easy task.

Right now, I note that more than anything, getting this weekend’s market has left me little time to reflect on anything. Like the lessons that have been offered through getting in touch with the realities of my crazy idea to set up a Farmers’ Market in my suburb. And have brought me to the subject of social enterprise, for me to think about more closely.

As well as reflecting, I plan to really celebrate the achievement of the weekend, and not rush on to the next challenge. Getting right with your priorities, getting clear on your mission in life – these things take time and reflection, and celebration of those moments of fulfilling this week’s mission, at least.

So what is your list of priorities looking like? Are your activities matching your priority lists?

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