How will you serve the world? What will your talents provide? These are questions we should ask ourselves when we are setting our goals. Our goals should be set up so that they can be translated into positive actions – actions that inspire us and generate a sense of empowerment for others.
That is why I ask these questions. They are probably the most important ones to answer, or at least attempt to answer if you want to gain any sense of fulfilment or purpose in your life. That is ultimately what we long for in life, to know that what we are doing matters. If we can work out what we’re good at and what we enjoy that’s half the battle – the next step is to find and seek a place, a situation or an environment where your skills are needed – that is often the hardest part.
The next step is to find and seek a place, a situation or an environment where your skills are needed – that is often the hardest part.
The truth is, the next step can often take a long time to work out. It’s like an opportunity. We need to keep working on our skills and that is our way of seeking. The actual need for our skills will come to us at the right time if we just keep working, that’s all there is to it.
Let go of trying to please others and make them happy in the short term because that is just not sustainable. What is sustainable is this: being the person that you know you’re capable of (and extending beyond it). Those that are challenged with problems they can’t fix alone will gravitate towards us because we have the skills that can help.
The world is ultimately just a series of problems that we must solve, and they’ll always be there. In the words of Mark Manson we have to choose the problems that we believe are worth struggling for and work to solve them. We will always have problems but we can have better problems. He says that we can look at it this way, “When you solve your health problem by buying a gym membership, you create new problems, like having to get up early to get to the gym on time, sweating like a maniac for thirty minutes on a treadmill and then getting showered and changed for work so you don’t stink up the whole office.”
We will always have problems but we can have better problems.
So I ask you again, if you know that problems will always be present in your life and you just have to choose the ones that are worth struggling for;
How will you serve the world? What will your talents provide?
I’d love to hear your plans in the comments below.
~ Adam, 2019
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