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A meaningless life – are you at risk?

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A eulogy for a meaningless life

When was the last time you went to a funeral and heard …

  • I can’t say that she was ever truly happy but she always managed to live up to everyone’s expectations.
  • She is proudly remembered for the fact that she wore a size 4 until the end.
  • She was continually stressed out and tired, but she built an amazing six-figure business.

Hopefully never!

Maybe I’m over-dramatizing, but here’s the point: it’s easy to spend your days obsessing about things that you “think” are important without ever stopping to consider why you’re focused on those things – or whether they really matter to you. And before long you’re traveling down the road of life stressed and exhausted from trying to live up to standards that aren’t even yours, wishing there were more time to focus on what matters.

A simple exercise – how to avoid a meaningless life:

So how do you figure out what really matters to you? How do you live each day in a way that honors your values?

Though it may sound morbid – and a bit odd – think about your eulogy. Ask yourself: what do you want to be remembered for?

After thinking about my legacy, here are some examples of what came up for me.

“When it is time for me to leave this planet, I want to leave the world a better place than I found it. Specifically, I want to have made a difference in the lives of animals and children and in the lives of those affected by domestic violence. I want to have given hope to people who felt hopeless. I want to have empowered women who felt powerless. I want my children to have always known that my love for them was constant and unconditional and that I was proud of them.”

Going through that exercise was life changing. It helped me clarify my purpose and gave me a benchmark for evaluating daily actions and  long term plans. It provided a framework for decision making and life metrics that made sense. Most importantly, it helped me craft a meaningful life.

Though it’s a simple exercise, I hope you’ll give it a try. Because once you know what truly matters to you, you’ll find …

  • it’s much easier to make business and career decisions
  • more authentic, like-minded people in your life
  • greater self-confidence and improved self-esteem that come from within
  • you’re no longer living your life for others
  • days that include more peace of mind and fewer regrets
  • work-life satisfaction

Laura J. Mansfield logo markThe bottom line: life is too short to live without intention. Take time to find out what really matters to you and let that guide your actions each day. That is the only way I know of to avoid a meaningless life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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