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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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You Have the Power (So Keep It)

I had a conversation with a friend who just changed jobs.  She had been a stylist for a big company for product and promotional shoots.  She’s great at what she does and is full of creativity and passion.

Unfortunately, the company wasn’t interested in her great ideas.  They had systems and processes that were more important.

Structure and procedure have their place— the company is doing well.  But its priorities are to play it safe and not rock the boat (along with barely paying their employees).

That’s a tough environment for a highly creative and forward-thinking stylist.

It was only a matter of time before she quit. After all, why would she stay?

She has too much to do in her life to wait around hoping the company will promote her to a place where she can make a difference and where her ideas can be heard.

Some time ago I worked for an organization that did the kind of work I wanted to do, but my role wasn’t in a place of impact. I didn’t mind what I did, but I wanted to move up and have my chance at the work I longed to be a part of.

I felt that way for more than a year. It was like I was in limbo— waiting for the chance to do the real work and stuck doing the other important, yet not energizing work.

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. I kept asking for more, and I kept being told more would come… someday. Continue Reading

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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