Do you believe there’s more to life? Maybe you’re stuck in a rut and need a change. Maybe you have an idea that you can no longer ignore.
When you wonder if there’s more to life, it prompts other questions like “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?” These are great questions. The fact that you’re asking yourself these questions means you want your life to have meaning and purpose.
If you want to live a more fulfilled life, then the question you really need to ask yourself is:
Am I doing my life’s work?
This is a simple “yes/no” question. If the answer is “yes,” good for you! Keep going and never stop!
If the answer is “no,” then you have some thinking to do. Start by thinking about what you want to build. And how can you spend time each day building it?
Before I started Margin of Excellence, I felt I wasn’t building anything of substantial value. Something was missing. I had talent, but wasn’t sure how to use it for the greater good.
Things changed when I started building. My time began to amount to something. My thoughts became words, which became blog posts, which became a coaching course, which has become my platform to make a difference. And there’s no saying how far I can take it – as long as I continue building every day.
It’s taken a lot of time to build my platform – about an hour a day for the past two years. The road hasn’t been easy. There were days I wanted to quit and abandon the entire project. But I kept going. I kept building. And as the days went by, the building became easier.
You might shy away from your “life’s work” because the pay and hours aren’t great, especially at first. And you’re absolutely right – the pay isn’t good (at first). I could’ve traded the hours I spent on my project making minimum wage at Burger King. I would have made more money at Burger King.
But what would I have built?
Or, you might be afraid others will laugh at you if you pursue a different path. I was scared out of my mind when I published my first blog post. I was even more scared when I launched my coaching program. What if I failed?
Deep down inside you know what your life’s work should be. You know what it looks and feels like. You just haven’t pursued it yet because it’s scary. It requires you to make a decision that might disappoint someone or cause uncertainty.
But the few, brave souls (like you) who will take action and do their life’s work realize there IS more to life. There’s a lot more. More than you can ever imagine.
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Scott Mackes is a leader and founder of the blog Margin of Excellence. A U.S. Navy veteran and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Scott’s mission is to help others lead remarkable journeys. Connect with Scott on facebook and twitter.
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