Life Has No Meaning Except The Meaning You Give It

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What is the meaning of your life?

‎”Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion!” – Jack Kerouac

Many years ago when I first started my own study into Personal Development something I heard Tony Robbins say really challenged my preconceived ideas. He said “Life has no meaning, except for the meaning you give it!”

At first I thought that this statement was a very negative one. Of course life has a meaning I said, even though I knew that not everyone was sure what it was. I had been taught many Christian beliefs from an early age and these beliefs were the ones I thought everyone should adopt to give meaning and purpose to their lives.

But then I thought about the statement for a long time afterwards, it really troubled me; maybe Tony was right and my preconceived ideas were wrong? The more I puzzled the statement through, the more I realized that the belief system I had been taught was the meaning I had given to my life, this of course proved to me that both my own set of beliefs and what Tony said were equally correct.

As a Life Coach, I am aware that each person has their own unique belief system, and it is not my intention to have them adopt mine. However, part of the journey of discovery that I engage in with my clients, is to find out if their belief system is helping them or hindering them from getting to where they want to be in their lives.

I really didn’t like the idea of having different beliefs to the ones I’d been taught and brought up with, beliefs that had worked for millions of others down the centuries. I didn’t want to give up the security and the continuity I felt with my parents and grandparents, and yet I understood the principle that if these beliefs were holding me back in my life I needed to synthesize my old beliefs with some new ones that would help to propel me further than I’d been able to get before in my life.

Einstein said “We can’t solve our problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Maybe a Life Coach is just what you need to help you find a new perspective in your thinking to help you to move on in your life?