St. Joseph the Worker has transformed over the years from a small unknown agency helping 300 people to a valley wide provider helping 2,700 people. In many ways, the changes we’ve seen are similar to the changes you may see as you transform your own career and life. We hope you’ll take the time to explore with us the ways in which we can see transformation both in social agencies and our own personal lives.
1. Have a clear vision.
In order to see the kind of transformation you’re looking for, your vision and goals need to be clear. This is something St. Joseph the Worker has had from the beginning. One way to make sure you maintain a clear vision is to create a personal mission statement. You might be thinking, “That sounds like something a business would do.” Well it is, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for individuals, too. Many successful people over the years have started out with a mission statement. St. Joseph the Worker’s mission statement can be viewed here.
2. Remain engaged in your community.
We can’t stress enough the power behind a sense of community. St. Joseph the Worker both supports the community of Phoenix through services like resume writing, skill-building, and interview training but also relies on the community for financial and operational support. Those who have come to St. Joseph the Worker for assistance appreciate what we do, while we appreciate them and all of those who make it possible. You can achieve far more in much less time by embracing interdependence over independence.
3. Endure growing pains.
Face it. During any transformational period, you’re going to encounter challenges. St. Joseph the Worker is no exception to that rule. As an organization, we’ve endured countless challenges as we’ve tried to grow our abilities and expand our reach. Rather than viewing adversity as an obstacle to success, consider instead that you wouldn’t have success in its absence. Without facing challenges, organizations and individuals are doomed to remain stagnant. And always remember, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it!
4. Be persistent.
When doing anything worthwhile, you’re bound to encounter a period when you must make the choice of whether to cut your losses or push through. Marketing expert and author Seth Godin refers to this situation as “the dip.” This is the time when, whether appropriate or not, many people decide to give up. The important thing to remember is that there’s nothing wrong with giving something up if you realize it’s not in line with your vision. When you hit “the dip,” the only way to know whether to stop or to push forward is to reflect and reassess, which brings us to our last point.
5. Reflect and reassess.
Every successful transformation most go through a period of reflection (most likely more than once). This is a time when you take a look at where you are in your journey and how your position compares with your original vision. If you’re in a different place than you expected to be, are you OK with that? Remember, you’re not only reassessing your steps along the way, but also your vision and goals. Are they still the same as when you started? If not, that tells you that your transformation is already well under way.
What role does transformation play in your life? Has St. Joseph the Worker helped you to complete a transformation? If so, we want to hear from you.