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10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Find Your Purpose

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at an event about finding your life’s work and how finding it can change everything.  But I had to give this disclaimer:

This process takes a long time. Though I’m going to give you a foundation for thinking about your life’s work and some tools to get you started, you have to be patient. It’s a journey to be taken, not a problem to be solved.

Finding more passion, more purpose, and more meaning in your work and life is a process of identity formation. It’s a process of discovering more of who you are and what you have to offer the world.

It’s not a problem to be solved simply, and it can’t be found in quick quizzes, a single blog post, or even a whole book. It’s something that you learn and discover over time.

The challenge with any large undertaking like this is that it can be overwhelming. And we can be impatient. Where do you start? What can you do now to actually make a difference?

There is a lot that you can do. You can even start on it today. You can start right now, in fact— if you have a few more minutes.

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Your Life’s Work is a Work in Progress (and What that Means for What You Do Next)

In 2001 Michael Hyatt wrote a book about the importance of internet privacy. The book talks about how marketers, spammers, government agencies, and hackers can use your information against you. Much has changed since 2001, but what has changed most is Michael Hyatt.

Today he’s one of the most successful bloggers around. He’s even written about the importance of writing and how blogging has changed his life and his career.

He’s said himself that he wouldn’t write the book today— not that the content isn’t helpful, but that his view of the internet has changed.  Privacy is not as important to him as it once was. Now he writes to connect and share with people— something he wasn’t doing in 2001.

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Remember to Enjoy It

I rode my bike for 40 minutes from my home to my co-working space today. I pulled a trailer with Lina, my trusty side-kick— now in a three legged version. I’m a bit crazy, I suppose, hauling all of my stuff plus a heavy trailer on my (already heavy) 1979 Schwinn.

It’s a slow commute. And that’s just the riding part. It also takes me a long time to get loaded up.

It all takes a long time, all of this.

By the time I opened my computer and started typing this, it was past 10 am. What a late start! How frustrating! I have a long to do list that I know I won’t even complete this week.

What a waste.

Or, maybe it’s not a waste.

I get so caught up in getting things done and accomplished. I have so much hope for my work and what I’m creating with the Meaning Movement, and yet is it really worth it if I can’t take the time to ride my bike and hang out with my dog?

I tend to focus so much on the destination that I forget how important the journey is. Shouldn’t this be fun? Can I let this be fun? I mean really, who says that it’s more important to spend extra time writing than it is to spend extra time biking?
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Does Career Planning Work?

“He said, ‘You can’t plan it all out, you know. You just have to do what comes next. You can’t plan your career.'”

One of my clients was sharing about a conversation she had with a man who has been very successful in the field she’s pursuing.

This client and I had worked hard together. We had explored her stories and found these themes repeated again and again. It was as if her life was saying, “This. This. Do this!” and she had finally been able to embrace it.

Having found what she wants to do and why she wants to do it, she was strategizing where to start and how she’d go about it.

“What do you think about that?” She asked me. “It seemed like he almost disagreed with what we are doing. How would you respond to that?!?”
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What Does Your Business Make?

- - Purpose, Work

I tweeted an adapted quote from Thoreau a little while back:

“Do not hire a man (or woman) who does your work for money, but him or her who does it for the love of it.” – Thoreau

Someone replied, “idealistic. Good luck finding someone.”

He’s right. It is idealistic.

But ideals have a purpose: they point toward a future that you want to create.[tweet that]

For me, that future is a place where work and employment aren’t just about getting a job done for money, but something more human and more meaningful than that.

The quest for meaning in work is two sided. It’s about employees bringing more of themselves to their work, and it’s about employers creating environments where more is welcomed and encouraged.

Some of the world’s most successful companies are starting to understand this. One of Google’s Vice President’s, Laslo Bock, recently wrote a book on what makes Google one of the most desirable places to work.
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