There is just something about doing meaningful work that gets me through the day. Meaningful work is anything that we give a purpose. I know that seems simple, yet I guarantee many have yet to find this purpose.
The Common Problem
Each of us has a repertoire of ideas that will make a difference in others lives as well as our own. Perceived as the golden ticket to success and betterment but pursuing one of them is not easy.
It takes a lot of courage to dive into the uncertainty of something new, let alone meaningful work. This is because of emotional distress and the fear of failure. As we sit down to make the first step in the right direction all types of distractions come about. No longer is the focus on this work but on all the ways it could fail or the abundance of steps it takes to achieve “success”.
I call this the ever-growing mental block, which encompasses each of our ideas. This promotes uncertainty in the mind which, was once filled with an abundance of potential. The potential to change lives through an app, startup, blog, or another outlet to share our gifts. You need to shift this uncertain negative energy to positive energy aimed at growth which, is easier said than done. Together we can break this down.
The Way Out
There is no right or wrong way to go about the shift I mentioned above, but I’d like to share some helpful tips on ways to promote it.
The first way is to find meaning in the work you are currently doing even if its a small task or a large collaboration project. I was able to do this by removing myself from under the imaginary microscope that we all let loom over by accepting the work is bigger than me. This is not to say that we should value ourselves less in the grand scheme of things but rather be a contributor to it. Thus, the contributions aid in making life better for everyone else even if it goes unnoticed.
Another way is to take time to work on ourself. It is crucial to better ourselves as well as those who come in contact with us. When a person interacts with another who is filled with positive energy and drive some of it rubs off on them. Even though in some cases it is not abundantly apparent in the moment of contact. Majority of the time that little bit of energy brightens their day, week or even month which in turn causes them to radiate positive energy. Furthermore, seeing another person filled with this type of energy promotes one to look within and ask how can I give off that vibe or a similar question. This in itself is meaningful work because it helps push someone in the right direction without imposing anything on them.
The final way I’d like to talk about is being open to whatever happens along the way. In a perfect world, many of us have a plan that we are trying to follow while many are riding the wave. There is nothing wrong with either approach but wouldn’t it be nice to work through anything? Guess what, you can by allowing new tasks to be growing experiences rather than disturbances. I learnt this from a friend not too long ago that just because a foreign task makes its way into the current one does not mean all hope is lost. Instead, it opens the door to learn something new along the way as long as you allow it to.
Once there is meaning in the work we do nothing seems overwhelming or at least from my experience. No task is too big or too small and the path becomes clearer. Everything becomes interconnected, the exterior and interior goals become one as the body feels at ease going through the day. That said, a change like this comes slow but always remember it is on the way.
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