7 Practices for a More Meaningful Life: #4 Will Surprise You!

August 3, 2023
7 Practices for a More Meaningful Life: #4 Will Surprise You!

Everybody seems so busy. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget to focus on what truly matters. That’s why it’s important to have a sense of purpose and fulfillment in our lives.

In this blog, we will explore seven powerful ways you can make your life more meaningful and significant.

1. Determine Your Values

Let us start by talking about values. What are they, and why are they important? Well, values are the principles that guide our lives.

As John C. Maxwell once said, “Your values define you. They are the things you believe in that give substance and direction to your life. Aligning your actions with your values allows you to live a life of integrity, purpose, and significance.”

Values are the beliefs we consider important, the qualities that we aim to possess, and the standards to which we hold ourselves accountable. Values assist us in making decisions, prioritizing tasks, and identifying what is genuinely significant in our lives.

In other words, values form the foundation of your life. It’s similar to building a house; you must first construct a solid foundation.

As Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, the floodwaters rise, and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:24–27, NLT)

So, what are some examples of values? Honesty, integrity, compassion, and kindness are a few. Some people prioritize achievement, while others emphasize family or spirituality. Your values are unique to you and are influenced by your experiences, beliefs, and culture.

How do you determine personal values? One way to begin is by reflecting on what is most important to you. Consider what brings you happiness, the causes you are passionate about, and the type of person you aspire to be. Once you have a clear understanding of your values, you need to act. That may require making decisions and taking actions that align with your principles and beliefs.

Why is this important? When your actions and decisions align with your values, you will feel more satisfied, more focused, and more connected to what is most important in your life. Take the time to identify your values and then strive to live in accordance with them. Living in harmony with your values is a crucial aspect of living a meaningful and purposeful life.

2. Define Your Purpose

Have you ever felt like your life lacks direction or meaning? If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to find their purpose in life, but having a clear sense of purpose is essential for living a meaningful and fulfilling life. Thomas Carlyle said, “The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder — a waif, a nothing, a no man.

Rick Warren once said, “You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”

Having a purpose gives us direction and motivation. It provides us with something to work towards and a reason to get out of bed each day. With a clear sense of purpose, we can live with intention and make a positive impact on the world around us.

So how do you identify your purpose? Start by asking yourself what you’re passionate about. What makes you come alive? What do you feel called to do? Your purpose should align with your values and be something that ignites your passion.

Remember, your purpose may evolve over time, and that’s okay. It has in my life. I once felt called to serve most of my time in my local church. Now I focus on bringing the good news to wherever the people are through my business and teaching skills.

The important thing is to stay true to your values and passions and to keep moving towards a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.

3. Dream Big

Dreaming big is about stretching beyond your limits and imagining what’s possible. As Les Brown once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Big dreams can inspire us, give us purpose, and motivate us to take bold actions.

Walt Disney had a dream of creating a place where families could come together and have fun. He encountered numerous setbacks and criticisms, but he persisted towards his goal, and opened Disneyland. His vision has brought joy and happiness to millions of families and continues to inspire people to dream big and pursue their passions.

To set big goals and take bold actions towards your dream, start by identifying what you truly want, and don’t be afraid to dream big. Break your big dream into smaller, manageable goals, and take action towards them every day. Don’t let fear or self-doubt hold you back. Remember, anything is possible if you’re willing to dream big and take bold actions towards your goals.

In the words of Paul, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20)

4. Connect with Others

Building meaningful connections with others is an essential component of living a fulfilling and significant life. As Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you say and what you do, but they will never forget how you make them feel.” Great relationships can bring joy, support, and a sense of belonging to our lives.

God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” The need for social belonging is hardwired into our DNA. In other words, life is more fulfilling when we have a network of people who love and support us.

Take the story of Fred Rogers, for example. He was a television host who had a profound impact on the lives of countless children through his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He believed that connecting with others was a fundamental human need and worked tirelessly to cultivate positive relationships with his viewers. He would often say, “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self,” and he lived this message by being genuinely kind, compassionate, and empathetic towards others.

So, how can we cultivate positive relationships with those around us? Start by being present and engaged when you interact with others. Listen actively and show empathy and kindness towards others. Take the time to get to know the people in your life and make an effort to stay in touch with them. Remember that building positive relationships takes time and effort, but the rewards are immeasurable.

In Ecclesiastes, it says, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Take the time to connect with those around you and build relationships based on empathy, kindness, and mutual respect.

5. Serve Others

Serving others is not only a way to help people in need but also a path to personal fulfillment and satisfaction. As author and motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Many people find that serving others, whether through volunteering or other means, is a way to find their passion and purpose in life. One inspiring example of this is Nick Vujicic, a man born without limbs who has dedicated his life to inspiring others and helping them overcome adversity. Despite facing many challenges in his life, Nick has used his experiences to become a motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities.

Finding opportunities to serve others can be as simple as helping a neighbor with their groceries or volunteering at a local charity. By giving of ourselves, we not only make a positive impact on the lives of others but also find meaning and purpose in our own lives.

6. Make a Difference

When Arthur Guinness began brewing his tasty stout in 18th-century Dublin, he solved two big problems in Ireland: illnesses due to dirty drinking water and rampant public drunkenness. Since scientists had yet to discover the microorganisms and underlying mechanisms of disease spread, people unwittingly drank water containing sewage and other wastes, which often caused sickness and death.

As a result, many decided to avoid drinking water altogether and drink alcoholic beverages instead. Gin was the public drink of choice, with an alcoholic content of 35 to 55%. The gin houses advertised, “Drunk for one penny, dead drunk for two pence, clean straw for nothing.” Public drunkenness became a widespread problem in Ireland.

Arthur Guinness, a devout Christian, wanted to improve life for his fellow countrymen. The brewing process of his malted drink required clean water, plus its hops and alcohol impeded the growth of most microorganisms, which made his beer a safe alternative to contaminated drinking water.

Also, with an alcohol content of only 4%, Guinness Ale contained much less alcohol than gin and was therefore less likely to cause drunkenness. Guinness also founded the first Sunday schools in Ireland. He gave vast amounts of money to the poor and sat on the board of a hospital.

To make a difference, you need to start by identifying ways you can contribute. It could be as simple as volunteering at a local charity or supporting a cause you’re passionate about. You can also make a difference by sharing your knowledge, skills, and expertise with others. Teaching someone a new skill or offering a helping hand can have a ripple effect that extends far beyond your immediate surroundings.

Taking action is key to making a positive impact. Start by setting specific goals and creating a plan of action. Remember, small actions can have a big impact over time.

So, go out there and make a difference in the world.

7. Learn and Grow

Continuous learning and growth are essential to living a meaningful and fulfilling life. As Albert Einstein famously said, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Learning new skills, acquiring knowledge, and expanding our perspectives can bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose to our lives.

Many people find that pursuing personal growth and development leads to greater success and happiness. Noted TV personality Oprah Winfrey has credited her love of learning and constant pursuit of personal growth as key factors in her success.

To start your own journey of learning and growth, it’s important to set goals for yourself. Whether it’s learning a new language, mastering a skill, or exploring a new field of study, having specific goals can help you stay focused and motivated.

Additionally, seek out opportunities for personal growth, such as attending workshops or classes, reading books on new topics, or seeking mentorship from someone who has expertise in a particular area.

Remember, personal growth is a journey, not a destination. By embracing a lifelong love of learning, you can continually expand your horizons and find greater fulfillment and purpose in your life.

The Takeaway

Today, challenge yourself to determine your values, find your purpose, dream big, connect with others, serve others, make a difference, and learn and grow.

And don’t forget, living a meaningful life is challenging, it takes effort and determination, but it’s worth it. So go out there and make the most of your life. Maybe you’ll even inspire others to do the same.

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