If the status quo in your life or work leaves you feeling unfulfilled, then it is time for change!
An important thing to keep in mind is this:
Just because you currently feel unfulfilled doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
Yes, things can happen in life that results in feeling unfulfilled. Maybe it is a choice you made. Maybe it is circumstances, or a situation that happened.
But whatever the source of feeling unfulfilled, keep in mind that settling for feeling unfulfilled is optional!
Feeling unfilled isn’t the problem. Doing nothing about it is the problem.
The path to feeling more fulfilled lies in choosing change and committing to taking action. Not doing so is choosing to settle for whatever it is you feel unfulfilled about.
The key to get on the path to change from feeling unfulfilled to fulfilled is twofold:
1. Create awareness of key factors that contribute to a fulfilling life and work.
2. Apply those factors to your own life and work.
Let’s take a look at both of those things and how you can apply them to you and your circumstances.
Create awareness of the main factors that contribute to a fulfilling life and work.
People who report feeling fulfilled in their life and work have a number of things in common. they include:
- They have clarity on what their core values are and build every area of their life and work around those.
Often when you feel unfulfilled, it is a message that one of your values is being trampled all over. Listening to that message can help you identify which values are not being honoured so that you can work out a solution. Compromising on your values is always a mistake, and is the road to feeling unfulfilled.
- They have formed their own unique definition of success and measure all areas of their life and work against that, not a definition of success pushed on them by family, friends, colleagues, society etc.
Being clear on whether you are living and working by your own definition of success, or someone else’s, can help you make better choices that will lead to fulfillment.
- They have strong boundaries to protect what is most important to them.
- They don’t settle for the status quo if it isn’t working. They choose change and commit to action.
Implement factors that create fulfillment in your own life and work.
Here are some steps to help you apply those factors to your own life and work:
Step 1 – get clear on what your core values are. The values that if you build all areas of your life and work around would make you feel fulfilled. Something that might help you get clarity on your values is to think about what is making you feel unfulfilled right now. Really seek to understand why that is. Look deep at what value is not being honoured and as a result making you feel unfulfilled.
Step 2 – create your own unique definition of success, based on your core values, for all areas of your life and work.
Step 3 – identify changes you need to make and action you need to take to build all areas of your life and work around your values and your own definition of success.
Step 4 – form an action plan and implement it!
Step 5 – identify boundaries you need to put in place to protect what is most important to you.
The bottom line is this:
This is your one and only life. Making it a fulfilling one is up to you.