I’m loving this quote this Monday for several reasons. One of the great things about professional life in this day and age is that many of us will spend our careers reinventing ourselves many times over, if we want to. At the same time, however, we want our work to have meaning and impact, which isn’t easy to achieve if you’re deliberately jumping around every 18 months or so. Impact is maximized when efforts – and results – are cumulative. You can evolve, of course, but your shifts should be intentional and in line with your larger mission. Easier said than done, right, because how exactly do you know what that is?
As this quote from one of history’s greatest innovators encourages, you check in. The answers are not in a frantic external search, but in internal stillness. You need information, of course, to know your options. But often times, when we are flooded with uncertainty and indecision is exactly when we stop listening to our inner voice — or intuition. If you want to build a life based on meaning, then you have to look inward to determine what is meaningful to you. For that, you need tools – like mindfulness – that can help you tap into the wisdom that is within you. You know more than you think you do, if you would just let your (inner) self speak, and listen.
“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” — Rumi
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