How do you know it’s worth it? How do you know the little you do is actually helping someone out there? How do you make what you do matter? These are the questions that we ask ourselves.
It is within our human nature to want to feel that whatever we are devoting the vast majority of our precious time and energy to, actually makes some kind of positive difference in our lives or in that of others. Just to feel like we have a purpose in this world. Nevertheless, the question still remains, how do I make what I do matter?
I personally failed to answer this question so I asked my friends for assistance…here are their opinions.
Taleni Pea :
Robert Smith once said, “whatever drives us, we all derive happiness from finding purpose.” But how do you know it’s worth it? How do you know the little you do is actually helping someone out there? How do you make what you do matter?
I’ve tried to think of all the many things that i can do. From making whatever it is i do, different from how any other person would do it, to being innovative and doing things with honor and dignity. But I’ve come to the conclusion that, at the end of the day, all the things i stress about in life don’t really matter all that much because someday, Yellowstone is going to explode and kill us all. Just think about that for a second…
At any moment, what we now know as Yellowstone could spew its guts up, killing everything in its path and rendering everything you think counts and matters totally insignificant. So nothing you do really matters that much.
Yes your work is meaningful and makes a difference. Yes you help a lot of people and that has a ripple effect. Yes you want to take your school and/or business seriously and make it a success. But at the end of the day, when the world blows up, will you be happy with the choices you made? With how you spent your time? With the risks you took? With the chances you gamble on?
Despite how ridiculous this may sound, I am serious. “Nothing you do really matter.” The one sure way to make what you do matter, is to believe it matters and it will. Nobody else has the power to make something important to you if not you. For something to matter you need to give power to it so that it matters even when someone comes across it, whatever it might be, they will respect it because it matters to you. So it begins with yourself. Whatever you do, if it serves a purpose and derives happiness within you, then you have made it matter.
Tina Nande :
•Do it as though You were doing it for yourself
We live in a world obsessed with self-love. People can go to greater extends for themselves, now imagine if we went to greater extends in the purposes we serve as though we were serving ourselves. One can never make trash for themselves. This is why it has to matter to me first, if it is going to matter to anybody else. This I believe is the very first place to begin. Make it matter by doing it as though you were doing it for yourself.
•Take it out of the heart.
I believe it is in the heart that purpose is hidden. And since I can modify the state of my heart, I can invest well into it, so that I can trust living out of it.
•Evaluate the state of your heart.
From out of the heart, the issues of life flow”, so if my heart is filled with purpose and all that matters, then only things that matter will flow out of it. If I trust the state of my heart, then everything that has the warmth of my heart matters.
•Make yourself believe it matters.
If my mind is convinced that the purpose I serve here on the earth matters,
• Put in your all, then hope and pray it changes a life.
I live with an understanding that the world only cares for what it can get from me, so why not make what I do for the world matter by sacrificing for it? It doesn’t have to be perfect to matter; it just has to be excellent.
• All in all, embrace your place.
I believe that my part is indispensable and important, so much so that at times I don’t have to prove its importance; I just have to perform at my best. I was created because I was needed and that is proof enough that the purpose I serve matters.
…There you go,
I have asked many others and eventually they all came to one specific conclusion...It should matter to you…You’ve got to identify what matters to you and do just that. You might feel insignificant because you can’t see how your work really changes the world but remember that you are the one that holds the power to make whatever you do meaningful and uplifting to others.
What you do in this world is as meaningful as you make it