One of the key ideas underlying the Ripple Revolution is that it’s not just about giving and giving until you burn out. It’s about creating an ecosystem in your life that feeds and energizes you as well.
Most of us spend a huge amount of our lives at work. Given that, it makes sense to take a specific look at how to make that a conscious part of the ecosystem we cultivate.
Over on my Wild About Work blog, I recently wrote a series on how to make your work more meaningful. The series starts by exploring the basic question, “What is meaning?” The answer to that is the foundation for exploring a variety of ways to experience a greater sense of meaning in your work.
Meaning is one of those squirrelly ideas that can have as many definitions as people you ask, so I came up with a simple, flexible definition that takes that into account:
Meaning = Work that matters (and YOU decide what matters!)
Really, it’s as simple as that. From there, the series explores a variety of ways that work might matter that you can explore to bring more meaning into the picture. Each of these areas has one or more blog posts diving deeper into the opportunities to experience more meaning.
- Know thyself: Practice the art of internal awareness
- Know thy world: Practice the art of external awareness
- Find the difference you’re making
- Find a difference to make
- Cultivate relationships and community
- Look for learning and growth
- Put it in the context of a big picture vision
- Shape your perspective
- Make your work a spiritual practice
- Make your work an authentic expression
- Find the meaning – all day, every day
- Recognize what your work facilitates
The key in unlocking the door to the fullest feeling of meaning your work has to offer is a shift from looking for meaningful work to looking for ways to experience meaning at work.
The first is an either/or affair. Either you have a job that feels obviously meaningful or you don’t. The second offers a bazillion opportunities to recognize and take hold of ways to experience meaning, regardless of your actual job.
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