It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. -Jim Collins, author of Best Selling book “Good to Great”
Life is short, you have less time than you think, so let’s get focused on what matters to you and make this year an adventure to move in the direction to make your life more meaningful, constructive and fun. No silly advice about how to make it to the top or other positive blah, blah blah stuff; just straight forward questions to unfreeze your mind to get moving in the direction you want to go.
Q 1. do you want to have a life that matters — or do you want to spend years just getting by or trying to get to the end unscathed
Q 2. What is your purpose in life? Why are you here? I don’t mean to induce a full-blown existential crisis in you (or maybe I do) — so let’s keep it simple. Starting today you are going to flush out why are you (really) here? There are plenty of answers to this questions — but, no: all answers aren’t created equal. There are poor ones, which will probably lead to a long, dull, dismal, and boring existence. And there are better ones — which just might begin to explosively unfurl a life that feels fully worth living.
Q 3. What do you want? Here are some perfectly valid answers, if tedious “status quo” is the limit of your vision. Here are other things you might explore to live a more meaningfully well lived is what you’re after. To make a difference. To transform something that sucks. To create that which matters and makes a difference. To build that which counts. To experience life more fully.
Q 4. How much does it matter? On a 1-10 scale what is the importance in finding a purpose and living a meaningful and constructive?
Q 5. What is it going to take? Courage and getting off the couch and experience life. Learn to employ your whole being: mind, heart, soul, and body. If nothing less than a life worth living’s your goal, you probably need to nurture empathy, humility, passion, imagination, caring confrontation, to name just a few.
Q 6. Who can you count on for support? A life meaningfully well lived isn’t a dress rehearsal it comes at you moment to moment ready or not. rugged individualism is nice in theory, but the truth is: if you’re going to make a difference, you’re probably not going to make it happen all by your lonesome. So who are your supports in life? Create your own Board of Directors and contact one today.
Q 7. What barriers will you face and need to overcome?
Q 8. Where’s your Plan and Mental Map for your journey ? If you’re going to live a life that matters, you need a plan and map so you don’t get loss along the way. A strong belief and value system. What are the most important values for you to live by? In what direction do you find the things that makes life exciting, fun and constructive? Does your passion for life point to consumption, status, materialism — instead of caring, friendship, health and doing things for others? If it’s the former, finding meaning and purpose will be a heavy lift and elusive. So remember every moment of every day what I want you to map out is the uncharted shore of possibility: the capacity of life seekers to dream, wonder, imagine, create, and love; the focus and secret to living a meaningful life is to live every moment of existence from the inside out. Be centered, be balanced, be consistent, walk the talk and never give-up.
So let’s end where we started– Why are you here? What is your purpose for being? Don’t let life pass you by living a boring or frustrated existence. Experiment with life and create challenges that can eliminate the necessity of asking yourself what might have been if I had done so and so. Finally, irreversibly, uncompromisingly commit to living a life that is meaningful, fun and worth living.
The choice is yours. And you and you alone are the one who has to live with the choices and decisions you make.