Purposeful Working – Purposeful Life
By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Everything we do in life should be purposeful. Of course that’s easier said than down especially for people who don’t have any financial worries, health concerns, or relationship issues.
Unfortunately, too many people in this world are living an unfulfilled life. They wake up in the morning and simply go through the motions for the entire day only to repeat this merry-go-round the next day and the next day. What later happens is that life because boring, predictable, and stagnant. Looking on the outside and seeing someone live their life to the fullest will make one question if their own life has any meaning. Along with asking that question and a host of others, the concept of a purposeful living will enter into the picture.
Many researchers have claimed that the vast majority of people who work are not happy with their job. With so many reasons for this level of unhappiness and lack of fulfillment, we must seek out purpose in the work we do. In other words, we must get pass the merry-go-round of emotions that prevent us from reaching our professional and personal apex.
Here are some things to consider:
- Vision how you want your life to be. Simply put – ask yourself questions like what brings me happiness? How much money would I like to make? What is my dream job? What is my ideal business? By asking yourself these questions, you start to lay the groundwork for working purposefully. Note: don’t limit this vision to the present – expand it to 5 and 10 years. Unless you know where you want to go in life, you will always find yourself stuck, frustrated, agitated, and aggravated.
- Don’t compare your work purpose to others. This is where selfishness comes in. Everyone has a special skill and/or a special talent, so you can’t be looking at other people in order to be happy. Here’s a secret for you – happiness is something you control. As long as you’re doing what brings you happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment, you will never have to worry about the opinions of others or competing with others.
- Surround yourself with people who are enjoying what they do. Think about it for a moment – if you hang around negative people and those who ‘major’ in complaining, you will begin to question yourself and your purpose. They will drain you and deplete you. On the other hand, finding the right people to work with and work for will boost your moral and cause you to not only like what you do but give meaning for doing what you do.
- Keep a journal of your purpose. Even though we live in the age of technology, it’s always good to write things down on paper. Make it a habit of writing down what you hope to accomplish each day and reviewing it at the end of the day. You can include what went well and what didn’t go according to plan. In addition, write down your feelings.
Working with a purpose makes life so much enjoyable. People around you will be attracted to work alongside you because you’re in your element. You will have the opportunity to help others accomplish their dreams because you will be the ‘go-to’ person. Don’t run from it – simply embrace it.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Follow him on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org