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A Guide to Having Meaningful Work
How do you spend your time? Everyone has a different answer, of course, but I’m sure there is one similarity: work is a big part of it. We spend a big chunk of our time at work. That is why your work plays an important role in your happiness.
Meaningful Work I recently read a book titled Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman. I like the book because it talks ab
out happiness based on scientific research and not just opinions. Among others, it also talks about how to derive authentic happiness from your work.
But what is authentic happiness? Put simply, there are two kinds of happiness: momentary happiness and authentic happiness. Momentary happiness is the fleeting feeling you get from having fun. Authentic happiness, on the other hand, is the enduring fulfillment you get from doing things that are true to yourself.
The book says that there are three levels of how we view our work. The higher your level is, the more authentic happiness you will get from your work. Here are the three levels:
This is the lowest level. Here you view your work primarily as a way to make money. Money becomes the primary motivation. If there is no money in it, then you won’t do it.
Here your motivation is the advancement you get. As long as you can move to a higher level, you are motivated. But when the advancement stops, you are no longer motivated to do the work.
This is the highest level of all. Here your motivation is the inner fulfillment you get from doing the work. External rewards like money or advancement are not your primary motivation. In fact, you will still do the work even if you don’t get any external reward. The work is rewarding by itself.
From the description above, which one do you think applies to you? Do you view your work as a job, a career, or a calling?
Even if you now view your work as a job, that’s fine. After all, we all have needs to meet and families to feed.
However, to live your life to the fullest, you should move beyond that. Your goal should be to make your work a calling. That’s how you can have meaningful work. That’s how you can have work that is fulfilling beyond what external rewards could give.
Here are four tips to make your work a calling and thereby making it meaningful:
1. Be content
You can’t make your work a calling if you constantly worry about making more money. Yes, you need money to meet your needs. But beyond meeting the essential needs, studies show that additional money brings little to no happiness. It’s just not worth fighting for. So you should learn to be content instead. Being content frees your mind to focus on the more meaningful things.
2. Find the intersection between your cause and strengths
To make your work a calling, you should have a cause that’s bigger than yourself. What is it that matters to you? What is it that you want to contribute to?
In addition, you also need to find your strengths. What are the things that you are naturally good at? What are the things that feel enjoyable and effortless to do?
After you find your cause and strengths, you should find the intersection between them. Find ways to use your strengths to contribute to your cause.
3. Exercise your strengths
Now that you have found the intersection, you should constantly exercise your strengths. Try to use them every day. The more you do this, the more gratification you will get. This is where authentic happiness comes from.
If you work for someone else, you may need to talk with your boss about it. Ask him or her to assign you to the area of your strengths. Explain to them that it will benefit the company because you will be able to contribute more. Another solution is to start a side business where you can exercise your strengths.
4. Think in terms of helping people
A calling has a sense of contribution attached to it. So one good way to make your work a calling is to think of it in terms of helping people. How can you help people through your work? How can you make the world a better place through it?
I am lucky because my work more or less fits the description of a calling. When I started it back in 2006, I didn’t have any motivation to make money. I simply loved personal growth. As time passed, however, this work had started to earn some income. Eventually I was able to quit my day job.
I would still love to write here even if I didn’t get any income. The nice thing about having that mindset is that, more often than not, the money eventually comes.
It wasn’t always like that though. There were times when I did some work merely for the money. It didn’t feel good. It took extra effort to get through the days. Moreover, most of what I did also failed.
Making a calling out of your work is the better path to take. Yes, I probably won’t be rich, but I will have a meaningful life.
That’s something that even wealth can’t buy.
RESPECT A WOMAN BECAUSE:
You can feel her INNOCENCE in the form of a daughter
You can feel her CARE in the form of a sister
You can feel her WARMTH in the form of a friend
You can feel her PASSION in the form of a beloved
You can feel her DEDICATION in the form of a wife
You can feel her DIVINITY in the form of a mother
You can feel her BLESSING in the form of a grandmother
Yet she is so TOUGH too
Her heart is so TENDER…
She is a WOMAN..
And she is LIFE..!!!
To all the wonderful women & those men who think that a woman is weak, who disrespects her, abuses her, verbally reduces her to nothing, beats her up & pass dirty comments if any passes by him. They some what forget that the person one who gave birth to them is also a woman..! All the ladies reading this should be happy to be a woman. You are wonderfully made.
U LEFT US ALONE
So many things we never got to do, so many conversation we never got thru. I feel lost & empty now. Every hour i ask, how?
They say when you die your soul just flies away. I wanted to chase your soul,so for another day you could just come and stay.
You were my Grams,you taught me how to stand on my own. Now that you ve gone and left your Children,Husband,Siblings,Parents and even your new born baby,i feel as though i cant do it alone. I’d give anything if i could just talk to you once more. To see you walk thru the door and tell me that everything was going to be alright for sure. When i look into the sky i picture you staring down,which is why i have no reason to frown. All the things you taught me,all the song we use to sing. Now you re gliding under God’s precious wings. I hope he is taking good care of you because now you re in his place. I hope all your worries and all your fears have left your face.
I never got to say GOODBYE that was the worst part. But i know that when you left secretly you said goodbye to my heart. We love you.
Farewell Umoh Christiana Ekaette nee Francis
Oh mother, oh mother i call
Thinking of dear mother
Who delivered me out pain
Nothing good like dear mother.
Feeding me from the breast i sucked
Which the Lord God giveth her
For God loves every child
Nothing good like dear mother.
Every weep and every cry
She sits and watches my infant jokes
Knowing when i cry for sleep
Oh! Mother is good.
Hunger catches me not by surprise
For mother cares much for me
Feeding me from time to time
No one so dear like mother
Oh! Mother is good.
Thinking about my dear mother
Feeling for my dear mother
Oh! Good mother, she’s so dear to me.
1. PAY YOURSELF FIRST:
It is ironic, we all tend to pay attention to the welfare of everybody else except ourselves. Family members, colleagues in the office, friends and general well-wishers seem to haveways of getting better dealsfrom us. We give out 1000 here, 500 there and we forget to pay attention to ourselves. Pay yourself first and then consider others. No matter the amount of income that comes your way, reward yourself by taking away 10% of it first and put it in a saving scheme or possibly in an investment. Remember God says you should love yourself as you love others.
2. PAY OFF YOUR DEBTS:
Ever before you start to save and invest, take an inventory of all your debts and make plans to pay them off starting from the most difficult in terms of interest to the smallest ones. Pay as is convenient and only be concerned that you maintain your goodwill and credibility.
3. NEVER SPEND TO IMPRESS:
Look around you. There are many things you spend on to impress friends and peers.Can you exercise the will to stop them? Why not join an investment club instead of a social club? Keep only friends that share your idea of a financial freedom and do away with those that want you to spend on worthless things.
Be not afraid of Greatness
Some are born great
Some achieve greatness and
Some have greatness thrust upon them.