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.