Will Living with Intention Make You Less Selfish?
Sadly, much of what goes on in today’s world results in us focusing more on ourselves. We look out for our best interests, compete with others for the best job, the biggest car, and the nicest house. We’re surrounded by advertisements and media messages that encourage us to be self-centered and ego-centrical.
It’s time for a shift in perspective. And thankfully, living a life of purpose can provide just that.
SHIFT IN PERSPECTIVE
When we start to live a more intentional, purpose-driven life, though, the people around us become far more important. Instead of focusing on so much on ourselves, we focus on our family, our community, and even the world at large. That’s a huge change in perspective, and even though it will continue to evolve over time, the transformation begins almost effortlessly.
Maybe it starts with simply paying more attention to your spouse and kids. From there it moves toward your extended family and your circle of friends. Along the way you notice that working with others, helping them out, and doing things for them feels good and brings you more joy and happiness. Living A life that includes genuine kindness and caring for other people is a great feeling.
YOUR FOCUS EVOLVES
From there it spirals out. As you create more intentional relationships with your kids, for example, you naturally become closer with their friends. You also become more empathetic to the needs of other parents and their children. Your focus starts to shift from yourself and your own little family to your local community and eventually the global community we all live in. And that’s a very good thing.
No matter how much it is drilled into us and how much we want to believe it, we don’t live in a bubble. We live in a community and in this day and age that community reaches across the entire globe. Our actions, our purchases, and how we choose to live our lives has an impact on everyone else. We can no longer live a self-centered life. Trust me, being part of a community and working together for the better of everyone involved is a much, much better feeling.
It’s yet another advantage to living your life with purpose. You see the world from a different perspective. Not only that, but you’ll also be setting a good example for your children and those around you. As they see you care about and help others, they will be inspired to do the same, which is a powerful process. Your own choice to live with purpose can end up affecting hundreds, if not thousands of others inspiring them to do the same.
NOTE: This post is part of my living with purpose series. If you’d like to learn more about living a more intentional, purpose-driven life, check out the FREE 30-Day Living with Purpose Challenge.