The Soul’s Search for Meaning

“It’s important that I make a difference in some way. If it’s performing and touching someone that way, that’s great; if it’s being a teacher and helping a kid understand something, that’s even better. It’s not necessarily how I make a difference, but I want to make sure that I do.”

–Clay Aiken

The Soul’s Search for Meaning

by Steven Covey

“Deep within each one of us there is an inner longing to live a life of greatness and contribution “ to really matter to really make a difference. We may doubt ourselves and our ability to do so, but I want you to know of my deep conviction that you can live such a life. You have the potential within you. We all do. It is the birthright of the human family.

All of us can consciously decide to leave behind a life of mediocrity and to live a life of greatness “ at home, at work and in the community. No matter what our circumstances may be, such a decision can be made by every one of us “ whether that greatness manifest by choosing to have a magnificent spirit in facing an incurable disease, by simply making a difference in the life of a child, giving that child a sense of worth and potential, by becoming a change-catalyst inside an organization, or by becoming an initiator of a great cause in society. We all have the power to decide to live a great life, or even simpler, to have not only a good day but a great day. No matter how long we’ve walked life’s pathway to mediocrity, we can always choose to switch paths. Always. It’s never too late. We can find our voice (Covey, 2004, p. 28-29).”

Reference: Covey, S. R. (2004). The 8th habit: from effectiveness to greatness. New York: Free Press

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call to Action

What changes do you need to make in 2007 so that you are living a great life and one of contribution?