One of my favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart. The main character, George Bailey, has spent his life giving up his dreams to help others. However, George is at a crossroads and wonders if life matters…
Have you ever asked yourself if there is more to life than money and success? Well, I have. Prior to my current role, I worked in my organization’s headquarters building. In that role, I was responsible for assisting leaders at satellite sites with planning and implementing their professional development.
I enjoyed my job. Every day was filled with new challenges. I worked with great people to increase their competency. I had worked hard to achieve a certain level of success. It was the perfect job, however, something was missing. While my work was very important, I wondered if I was truly making a difference. I thought “there has to be more to life than this.”
I want my life to matter. I want to make a significant contribution. How about you? Do you ever ask yourself similar questions? I believe we all have a desire to make a positive impact on the world, but how? According to John Maxwell, “the key to choosing a life that matters is being intentional.”
So how do we begin our journey of significance? In his book Intentional Living, John Maxwell offers the following nine actions to guide you with your journey:
- Start small but believe big
- Search until you find your way
- Put other people first
- Add value to others from your sweet spot
- Connect with like-minded people
- Partner with like-valued people
- Live with a sense of anticipation
- Be urgent about seizing significance opportunities
- Tell others your story (Maxwell)
If you possess the desire to make a difference, place high value on people, and are willing to team with others, significance is within your reach.”
– John Maxwell
Good intentions are not enough! Every day we have to choose to be intentional. We must take action and follow through every day to live a life of significance.
What one action will you take to guide yourself to a life of significance?
PS – If you’d like to listen to John Maxwell teach on Intentional Living, please click HERE.
Dr. Kim Moore
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