Do You Have A Meaning For What You Do?

Whatever we do in life, whether it is for work, for our personal goals or for our family, the thing that keeps us focused is meaning in what we do.

I deal with small business owners and entrepreneurs all the time, and I have to say that the most common challenge that many of these people face is having a meaning for what they do.

Now, they may have started out with a pure intention and motivation for what they do, but somehow in the stress of running a business and the pressure to perform to get the results they want, the meaning got lost.

Then one day they wake up and ask themselves what on earth are they doing all of these for?

Someone I spoke to last night told me that he realised that he really doesn’t need that much money, and that he no longer finds meaning in what he does. Yet he is young and talented and he has so much he can offer to the world.

I agree that we personally do not need that much money. But I also believe that we can do much more for others and the world with money. This is why we need a bigger vision for ourselves and the world.

The big vision cannot just be for our personal wealth or personal interest. It has to be more than that in order for the energies to be sustainable. It has to be something even bigger than who and what we are.

Some pointers on how to develop the big vision for yourself:

  • If you had 72 hours left to live, what would you like to change in the world, if you were given a magic wand? (This has to be totally for the world, not personal)
  • Keeping the above answer to the question in mind, with no magic wand, how much money do you think you would need to start this change going?
  • Where is the first small place you would start to get this change going for the world?
  • How would it make you feel to see the change take place?

Once you make yourself the catalyst for the change you want to see the world, the feeling from question 4 above, must be your sustaining power. It is the energy that will fuel your every move every day.

Say focused, feel the energies and make the change. Have more meaning in your life, you need it and deserve it.

© 2012, 2016 Shamala Tan