The ability to see your work and life in a way that is personally meaningful, stimulating, inspiring, and fulfilling and in alignment with who you are.
All of us want meaningful lives. We aspire to create meaningful careers, whether it’s the work itself or the lifestyle and activities our careers allow. What makes your life worth living? Makes your career important? Makes your job satisfying and meaningful? We’re not all the same. What someone believes is significant, important and of value varies from one person to another. Meaning is an individual matter. And, what’s meaningful for you today may change a great deal over time.
Anxiety, depression, pessimism and a lack of enjoyment of daily activities have all been found to be associated with higher rates of disease and a shorter lifespan. People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of life. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression. But where do we find meaning and purpose? It might be our religious faith, being a parent, helping others, developing others, building a company that flourishes or doing a job that makes a difference. The answers vary for each of us, but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.
There have been times in my own life when I’ve not been true to what gives me meaning and placed other values ahead of my important ones. The result was suffering from depression, unhappiness and resentment. Meaning may come from your work, your family, your community, your hobby, or many other circumstances. The bottom line, though, is that you have to continually re-invent a career that allows you to have meaning in your life – wherever that may come from – and only you know what gives you the meaning to your Career & life.