How meaningful is your work? How purposeful are your daily actions?
I once worked with a client who began by calling himself a ‘desk jockey,’ saying he only entered data and pushed papers and handled unhappy phone calls. “Not much meaning in that,” he shared.
By the end of our work together, however, he was no longer calling himself a desk jockey – but rather someone whose work saves lives.
No, he did not switch careers, organizations, or even most of his tasks.
What he did switch was the meaning and purpose he brought to, and sought from, the work. He connected to the bigger picture, saw the ripple effect he set in motion, and realized he – like every one of us – makes a difference.
This week, connect your work to the bigger picture.
You can go about this in a couple of ways:
First, consider – in detail – the potential ripple effect of what you do. Maybe you help an unhappy customer find a resolution, and maybe she then returns to work in a more positive and solution-oriented mood as a result, and maybe she helps a coworker solve a problem, and maybe that coworker goes home and speaks more gently to his family … on and on and on.
Never underestimate the power of your ripple effect!
The second way: Simply decide that your work is meaningful. Then set about finding the evidence and creating the ways to prove that decision true.
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