Your Search for Meaning

Are you searching for the meaning of life?  Does it feel like a treasure hunt for only you to find?  Yet you look around you and see so many others finding their treasure and you wonder what the deal is.

I have been around so many people who are waiting for the next clue or the big reveal that will finally show them what their meaning and purpose is. They’re waiting for someone to tell them what to do as if there is only one right way. Allow me to set the record straight: The meaning of life is not something you find…it’s something you create.

Stop trying to figure out what you’re meant to do in life, and instead, figure out what meaning you want your life to have.  Do you want to be known for your knowledge or financial success?  Or maybe how you impact a particular field of business or a group of people?

There is no wrong answer.  Do good and be great.  That’s it.  Maybe you’ll be known as an awesome parent or loving partner.  Perhaps an entrepreneur who found a way to monetize a passion.  Or maybe someone who performed their job, no matter what it was, to the best of their ability. It’s possible you’d simply like to be that person who brings joy and happiness to all who know you.  Maybe volunteering is your passion.  Or cooking.  Or running.

There’s no barometer.  There’s nothing to measure yourself against.  This is a game of one.  Solitaire.  Your greatness has nothing to do with others’ greatness.  There is no competition.  I know this may be difficult to understand, but I promise this is true.

Whoever or whatever you’ve been comparing yourself to, you need to stop it.  It doesn’t matter.  We are all on our own independent journey.  It truly doesn’t matter where anyone else is on theirs.  It has nothing to do with yours.

What do you love to do?  What brings you the most joy?  Do that.  The answers to these questions may or may not be your career (aspired or actual).  That’s ok.  Being a great parent or partner may not add to the bank account, but it sure makes a significant difference in your corner of the world.

Making millions, holding power, having the biggest home or most expensive cars mean little if you don’t love what you do.

I want my children to say I impacted their lives in a way that will carry on for generations.  I want my friends and loved ones to say I made their lives better just for knowing me.  I want my work to influence others and challenge them to be better because of my support and leadership. That’s it.  Can you measure that in a house or car or bank account?  Do I have to be featured in People magazine or win a Noble prize to confirm my accomplishment?  Nope, I don’t.  I just have to know I did good and I was great at what I did.  That’s it.

So, what’s your dream?  What would you like to be known for?  Tell me in the comments section.

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*A version of this post was originally published in March of 2014

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