If you ever feel like you’re stuck in life’s quicksand, you’re not alone. Many of us work hard to achieve our goals and improve our well-being, but it often feels like the harder we try, the more stuck we become. If you’re feeling frustrated, it may be time to shift your focus.
While it’s important to take care of ourselves and pursue our goals, we can become so self-absorbed that we lose sight of the bigger picture. We may become obsessed with our own well-being, even to the point of analyzing insignificant events to see how they may affect us. This self-centeredness can cause us to build walls that prevent us from seeing the possibilities and opportunities that life has to offer. In short, we become our own worst enemy and lose sight of what truly matters.
One solution is to change our focus from “me” to “others.” By becoming a giver rather than a receiver, we can regain perspective and find new meaning in our lives. This doesn’t necessarily mean changing what we do or how we live our lives. It simply means shifting our focus and recognizing the positive impact we have on others.
Think about your work or your daily activities. Somewhere down the line, a real person will likely benefit from what you do. Whether it’s stuffing computer systems with information or assembling electronic devices, someone will benefit from your efforts. By focusing on this fact and recognizing the positive impact you have on others, you can start to see your work in a new light.
By changing our focus from “me” to “others,” our work takes on a new significance. We become givers, and our lives become more meaningful. If you’re having trouble seeing how your work benefits others, it may be time to explore new opportunities or ways to use your talents to help others. There are many people who could benefit from what you do best. By finding ways to use your skills and talents to help others, you can break free from the quicksand and find new purpose in your life.