Episode 78: [The Three M’s] Meaning: It’s More than Just Values

While it’s important to identify and describe our values, we can’t stop there. Today I’m sharing the four common mistakes we make when it comes to exploring meaning in our lives and how you can avoid them.
Meaning it's more than just values

78: [The Three M's] Meaning: It's More than Just Values

There's way more to the concept of meaning than just knowing what your values are In my book, ACT On Your Business, I wrote about the Three M's (meaning, mindset, and mindfulness) as the pillars around which you can build a profitable, sustainable business and a joyful, fulfilling life.

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Show Notes

There’s way more to the concept of meaning than just knowing what your values are.

In my book, ACT On Your Business, I wrote about the Three M’s (meaning, mindset, and mindfulness) as the pillars around which you can build a profitable, sustainable business and a joyful, fulfilling life.

Last week, we dove into the first of The Three M’s, mindfulness, and for part two of this series, we’re exploring the concept of meaning in our lives.

In my book and in past podcast episodes, I’ve spent a lot of time identifying and describing our values. While this is important information that we need to have when we are exploring meaning, we can't stop there.

In this episode, I’m sharing the four common mistakes I see when it comes to exploring meaning in our lives and how you can avoid them.

Topics covered

  • It’s never too late for you to make a fresh start
  • Determining what matters
  • Why doing a values review is helpful
  • Connecting your values with your actions
  • How to incorporate your values into your decision-making process
  • Thinking about your behaviors as an expression of who you are

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well, hello, my friend. Welcome to the Coach with Clarity Podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, and I hope you had a wonderful weekend if you are tuning in when this episode drops on Monday. And if you're listening a little later on, well I hope you're having a great week. I am having a wonderful week, and I may have alluded to this in last week's episode. I don't know, there was just something about this summer, where I tell you my energy was just slow. And maybe that was simply a sign that I needed to slow down, that the summer was not a time for me to take a lot of action. Perhaps it was meant to be a period of restoration, and of reflection, which it definitely was. But there was something about the end of August and now being in the heart of September, where I am just feeling all of the good energy. There is so much momentum. It makes me think about a conversation that I had this week with a client of mine. And she referenced a phrase that I originally heard the author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin share. And Gretchen Rubin talks about how September is the new January. And a lot of us look at January as a time to make new resolutions, to create new goals, and plans. And yet for many of us, September is a natural time of year to do so. For many of us, September always marked the back to school season. And for those of us who have school aged children, we are still in the throes of back to school, although this time in the parent role. And so there's always been something about September that has signaled a fresh start. And I love this idea of September being the time where we can have our day one, where we can start over, where we can start fresh, and where we can set goals for ourselves for the next week, month, year, whatever you choose. So if that resonates with you, let's really embrace this energy of September as being a time of new beginnings. And even though it's not September 1st, if you're listening to this podcast the day it drops, it's September 13th, it's never too late to begin. You don't have to wait for the first of the month, you don't have to wait for a Monday, you don't have to wait for the first of the year in order to decide that you are making a fresh start. Today, September 13th, can be your day one if you choose. And that connects beautifully with what we're going to be talking about today. Today is a continuation of The Three M's mini series. So as I've mentioned before, a couple years ago, I wrote a book called, “ACT on Your Business, Braving the Storms of Entrepreneurship and Creating Success through Meaning, Mindset, and Mindfulness. I call those The Three M's  , and they are the three pillars around which you can build a profitable, sustainable business, and a joyful, fulfilling life. 

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