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3 Steps to Finding True Satisfaction in What You Do
Are you aware of what enlivens you?
Zane Stephens, SAG-AFTRA actor and owner of The Zane Stephens Studio, shares three steps leaders can take to learn what truly satisfies them. It all boils down to discovering your passion:
“What I want you to find is that thing you're passionate about and then give that passion away, because that's where you'll feel most satisfied,” says Zane. “That's where you'll feel most enlivened in what you're doing.”
Watch the video to hear Zane explain the three steps to finding true satisfaction in what you do.
Well, I'm going to ask you to do a couple of things. I want you to, if you can, take out a piece of paper. I'm going to call this "to observe." I want you to write down what you did today. I want you to write down what you see other people doing today. Everything listed. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Write it all. Observe. To observe the world is what I'm asking you to do. Write it down, OK?
When you have that, what I'm calling is to interpret. I want you to look at everything you've written down, whether it's something that you did or you saw someone else do, and I want you to ask yourself, "Well, why? Why did I do that?" Or, "Why did that person do that?" Do that.
What you're going to find, hopefully, is that some things made you feel better than others, right? You felt more enlivened doing some things or watching other people do certain things than you did other things. That "enliven-ness", that thing that makes you affected, that makes you feel more, that's what we want to hit on, because I'm going to argue that that's the best way for you to give yourself away.
If you didn't find anything that moved you, if you didn't find anything in those things that made you feel enlivened or affected, I'm going to ask you to do one more thing. I want you to do this. I want you to give yourself away. I want you to find something that you can do for someone else. If you're in an office, there are people who need things on a daily basis. Serve them. Take the extra step and give yourself away. If it's not something you're passionate about, that's OK.
What I want you to find is that thing you're passionate about and then give that passion away, because that's where you'll feel most satisfied. That's where you'll feel most enlivened in what you're doing. That's when you'll lay down your head on your pillow at night and you'll be like, "Man, I lived today. I was satisfied today." That's what you want to do. I want you to find that.
Observe, interpret, see what you find, and give yourself away.
Zane Stephens is a self-described Renaissance Man, good at a lot of things, but great at none. As a creative, he cannot help but juggle many things at once. He claims that he is more productive when his mind is stretched.
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