We have come to the last month of the calendar year, and I know for many, the old chestnut of “I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by” will be heard over and over again.
Whether the year has or hasn’t flown by for you, December does seem to provide a line in the sand to review how the year went, and to contemplate and plan for what 2015 might bring.
What gives your life meaning?
One of the most important questions that I recommend you consider amongst your reflections and planning is this… What gives your life meaning – what gives your life meaning in your work life, and what gives your life meaning in your personal life?
This is different to ‘what is the meaning of life?’ That’s a much bigger question, and one that I will leave to the philosophers to contemplate. The question ‘What gives your life meaning?’ is personal, and as I’ve said, is surely one of the most important questions for any of us to answer… and that’s not an opinion, it’s almost an imperative, based on the findings of a growing body of research in positive psychology.
My own research thesis that I’m currently working on is The Impact of Intention on Meaning In Life.
What we know from the research is that people who can articulate what gives their life meaning, report higher levels of both psychological and physical wellbeing. What we also know is the quality of the relationships we have in our personal and working lives can be one of the main sources from which we experience meaning in our lives.
Putting these two related links to wellbeing together, it just makes sense that if we focus on building more quality relationships, we will find more meaning in our lives and thereby, increase our physical and psychological wellbeing.
This is where Intention comes into play.
When you develop Intentional Statements about the people you impact through your various life roles, you become clearer about what you want for (not from) the people in your life. Being clear about your intentions for the people in your life, provides you with a blueprint for intentional promises and intentional actions. In other words, your intentions, promises and actions will result in building more quality relationships.
While it sounds relatively simple, the reality is, it takes a fair bit of emotional and cognitive energy (and time) to put this into practice.
This is where my Intentionomics Blueprint of 9 Inescapable Truths for a Prosperous Life can really help you.
In the resources section on this site, you’ll find the ‘Inspiring Personal Prosperity 10 week Guided Study Video Program. Each week for 10 weeks, I send you a HOW TO video that you use alongside a personal workbook, that steps you through a blueprint on how to live a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.
It’s a great program to start in December to help reflect on 2014 and to kick start your 2015.