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What’s the Next Big Thing in Your Life?

September 10, 2010

What’s the Next Big Thing in Your Life?

I was recently thinking about the next big thing in my life and decided to ask a sample of people I encountered what they felt the next big thing was for them. Here’s a sample of the responses:

  • Getting an iPad
  • Celebrating a 50th birthday
  • Getting divorced
  • Buying a new car
  • Getting Botox treatments
  • Buying a new dog
  • Taking riding lessons
  • Graduating from college
  • Finding a new job
  • Paying off a mortgage
  • Getting a promotion

I do not want to judge the importance or value of any of these “big things,” however I see a pattern. Six are about purchases of products or services, four are about reaching personal milestones, and one is about jettisoning a relationship. Perhaps the answers were due to the way I phrased the question, and certainly there are no right or wrong responses. I did notice, however, that they are all about the self. None are about making a difference in the lives of others, contributing to a greater good, or pursuing a fulfilling purpose. Yet these may be the very things that lead to the greatest sense of gratification and have enduring value.

What if more of us defined the important markers of our life by our impact on others and our world, rather than by material acquisitions or personal advancement? If we were to shift our focus in this way, imagine how the dynamics of our communities would change and the positive achievements we could bring about. Such a shift would likely also enrich our own lives, and we might flourish all the more.

If you are seeking new ways to enrich your life, take a look at the tools and ideas at FindFulfillFlourish.com.

Steve Weitzenkorn

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Steve Weitzenkorn, Ph.D., is a learning innovator, organizational advisor, experienced facilitator, and lead author of Find-Fulfill-Flourish: Discover Your Purpose with LifePath GPS – a book, tool kit, and workshop series focused on guiding people toward more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. David K. permalink
    September 10, 2010 7:39 am

    Frankly, I am surprised more people did not answer, “Why Steve, it’s your book!”

  2. November 16, 2010 8:43 pm

    Steve, nice post. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. I’m really impressed by what I see at FFF. I plan on visiting your site often also. Thanks again and I wish you the best!

    Chris

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