Find purpose in what you already do
Consider how your work positively impacts someone else, or at least, how it will contribute to your own world.
- If you are learning a new skill, consider reframing it to focus on benefits such as “increasing my earning potential so that my family can live more comfortably,”
- If you are processing paperwork consider that you might actually be “helping people get the health insurance that could save their lives,”
- If you are cleaning the living room, perhaps the impact is better seen as “making an inviting place for family and friends to relax.”
- Why do we feel the need for “purpose” in life?
- Pursuing extrinsically motivating goals
- Maintaining a fixed mindset and identity
- Trying to think your way to your passion or purpose
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- Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
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