I started to title this What Makes You Happy, but decided that happy is irrelevant. A better word is what makes you feel fulfilled or like you’re accomplishing something or makes an impact on the world. Impact—there’s the word.
First and foremost in life, I am a Christian. I’m here to make an impact, no matter how big or small it may be. God didn’t put me here to be all happy about life. He put me here to make a difference and to show joy while trying to make that difference. See, there’s a big gap between happiness and joy. Happiness is short lived and generally an “in-the-moment” kind of thing. Joy goes deeper. Much deeper.
Joy comes from knowing that at the end of life on earth, I get an eternal life in an awesome place.
I’ve been struggling with this whole online business thing. There are several things I want to do and plan to do, but the one thing missing from those things is the thing that makes me, me. I can supply content to those who need content, and that’s a service, but I can’t see where it makes a very big impact on people. More than likely, people will grab my content, use it, hopefully appreciate it, but not give it much thought other than that.
I can write fiction, which impacts the reader for a little while. But unless I’m writing something that’s really deep and moving, they won’t think too much of me except while reading my latest book.
I’ve been asking myself for a long time what it is that Patti is supposed to do. Where and how is she supposed to make an impact. I don’t have a definite answer, but I have had this nudge and tugging. It may not be the right direction, but I feel like I need to follow it.
So, what are you doing in your life/job/business that leaves you feeling like you’re making a difference in the world? Do you even feel like you’re making an impact?
What could you do that would give you that feeling? It doesn’t have to be in your business life, but some part of your life needs to have an impact. At least I believe it does.
I’ve put all these things in place lately and they aren’t giving me that inner glowy feeling I want to feel. That’s part of why I wrote about just doing your job recently. I think I have to separate the parts that are my job and work on defining who Patti is—other than the job– and define what she has to offer in the bigger picture of the world.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Share them in the comments.
All the best,