What do you really want?

art of encore living personal development tga Oct 24, 2022

How would you answer the question, "What do you want?"

The most common answers I hear are attached to "more."

More money. More status. More stuff.

But here's the thing, "more" rarely gets us closer to what we really want.

Through conversations with clients in midlife, I find that people really want their lives to mean something, while the game of life is theirs to play. 

Which begs the question, what gives life meaning?

I think it has to do with playing your game and playing it full out.

While observing (and inverting) the Golden Rule, of course.

Then why have we spent so much time playing someone else's game?

Because parents, peers, society, school, and occupation encourage us to play a game that rewards our dopamine-addled brains with more (usually in the form of more money, more status, and more stuff).

But if playing the game of life in pursuit of more money, status, and stuff were meaningful, wouldn't there be more flourishing and fulfilled people?

In midlife, some of us wake up to the fact that we've been playing someone else's game and not getting any closer to the meaning and fulfillment our souls crave.

What to do?

There is an opportunity in midlife to get closer to what you really want.

You can cultivate the curiosity and connections that allow you to hear and heed your life's true calling, define the difference only you can make, and live your legacy.

Ready to abandon the undisciplined pursuit of "more" and do the inside-out work of getting closer to what you really want in your life's encore?

Scott Perry, Encore Life Coach at The Art of Encore Living

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