Today’s episode is just you and me, because I want to share the most important lesson I’ve learned.
You Are Enough
For me, it bears repeating every day. When I forget, I pursue all types of ways to find meaning and definition. It could be in my work, writing, status, power, influence, travel, or new stuff. If I’m who I am and was made to be at the core is not enough, then none of those symbols or achievements will ever fill in the gap.
Now hold on! If contentment and fulfillment is your base mindset, then how will you ever achieve anything?
A valid point, and I think this is the crucial balance of our lives. My hope is that because I am ultimately fulfilled by love and purpose, it gives me such great clarity that I can pursue and achieve more. Or less. But the defining characteristic of life won’t be how many products we sell, subscribers we have, money we make, or stuff we accumulate.
Ready to Listen? Here we go.
3 Questions to Ask
- What personal identity am I placing in my work?
- How would I feel if I wasn’t working here? What else would I do? And what if Plan B (C, D, etc) didn’t work out? Am I still enough then?
- What personal traits am I proud of and are valued regardless of the work I’m doing?
I’ve also included a great song from Ryan O’Neal of Sleeping at Last, aptly titled You’re Enough. I highly recommend you give it a listen. Other than the song, this episode was pretty resource light. The main action items were to continually ask yourself the 3 questions mentioned above.
I really appreciate everyone listening to the show, and especially this episode. It comes from a deep place inside me, and I hope it resonated with you as well. I think finding our personal meaning and definition is a crucial part of our story, and helps give clarity to everything else we do.
I would also like to hear what you think of the solo shows in general, just you and me. Do you prefer interviews, or the solos? A mix of both perhaps? I would love to hear your thoughts, you can find me on twitter @mattragland or @storysignals. Email also works, and it’s matt[at]storysignals.com (click to email).
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