When we work with clients one of the Mindset exercises that we do is to help them find the meaning in their life. Having a connection to some meaning or purpose has been shown to be a critical attribute for resilience but also for high performance. Athletes perform better when they think the game matters and so do business leaders. The funny thing about meaning and purpose though is that it isn’t what you’re doing that provides the meaning, it’s really why you’re doing it that matters. In my 25 years in the fire service I was always amazed at how many guys retired miserable and burnt out with absolutely no feeling that their past 20 years mattered. Similarly, I’ve seen volunteers for amazing charities walk away, after years of work, grumpy, tired, and disengaged. How can this happen?
In my experience the absolute best place to find meaning and purpose is right now, in this moment. When I stop and ask myself two simple questions I find that I not only find meaning and purpose, I find energy and resilience. These two questions are:
1. What can this moment teach me?
2. How can I use this lesson, this experience, this challenge, this moment, to become my best self?
The next time you’re feeling like you have no purpose in your life, or in your job, stop and ask yourself these simple questions. Let me know what you think and always, how it works.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer