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Meaning Focuses Future Action
You need not drift rudderless in stormy seas.
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” ― Zig Ziglar
Decisions are easier when rooted in meaning.
Meaning focuses what otherwise appears indistinct. Without it, you are rudderless in a stormy sea... adrift with no compass to guide the way. Meaning is that gentle force tugging you in a consistent direction, regardless of the conditions.
I’ve spoken at length about the meaning of life and how to find it. But I recently discovered an interesting byproduct. In hindsight, it seems obvious.
Meaning focuses future action.
Consider these weighty decisions in life:
Leaving a comfortable job to start your own company
Coaching a high school team instead of more lucrative pursuits
I faced those weighty decisions in my own life:
I helped others realize their dreams by trading time for money. It was time for my dreams to be realized.
Inspired by my daughter’s journey, I was compelled to coach other young women to greatness.
Meaning drove those decisions.
Meaning MADE those decisions.
Without meaning, I would have stayed in a comfortable job. I would have lived a comfortable life. I would have never known greatness. My music would have died inside of me.
Without meaning, I would have forgotten the thrill of girls transforming into strong, confident women before my very eyes. I would have forgotten the life altering impact one person can have on others.
Meaning focuses you on what is important in life. It has a gravity about it. You cannot help but be pulled in the right direction once it is uncovered.
Seek out what is meaningful in your life and focus future action.
🤔 Food for Thought:
Do you recall a recent weighty decision?
What drove the final outcome?
Did something meaningful make the decision clear?
⚙️ One Small Step:
The next time you are faced with an important decision in life, focus first on what is meaningful. This meaning will draw you in a specific direction. It may not be easy, but you will know what must be done.