Are you feeling disconnected from yourself? Do you have a hard time sustaining connections to other people? You might need to get engaged in your life.
For all the different ways people talk about opportunities, ideas, and purposes for changing the world, few will say what I’m going to say here: If you get engaged within yourself, you will change the world. That’s not a misprint or anything. The fact of the matter is that more than 50 years ago, Gandhi taught us that we must be the change we want to see in the world. My Personal Engagement Tip Sheet Series (PETS) will allow you to see clearly who you are, what you want to change, and how that can happen.
5 Ways to Get Engaged in Your Life
Here are five ways you can get engaged in your life.
- Do an inventory. Make lists, draw pictures or just think about what you’re sustainably connected to right now. One way to get engaged in your life is to really acknowledge what you’re actually engaged in right now. Are there things that you truly love to do? Don’t worry if they’re good, bad, weird, or normal – just write them down or think about them.
- Do more of what you love. Again, without judging the value of what you’re doing, simply do more of what you love right now. If it’s not healthy for you or others, you don’t really love it. Learn to see what you really love by recognizing what you think you love right now, and doing more of it. That’s another way to become more personally engaged.
- Feel engagement. Engagement is an intuitive, intrinsic feeling that each of us have in response to the worlds around us and within us. Feel it. Feel the difference between engagement and disengagement, truth and lies, freedom and imprisonment. Personal engagement is truly freedom in its highest form, because it doesn’t demand that we do anything for anyone else – only ourselves. In turn, this can change the world.
- Touch the world. Without any misgivings or second guessing, be with the people, places, and things going on around you. Dance, sing, talk, listen, hear, taste, smell, move, sit, rest, sleep, and otherwise touch the world. Embrace everything like its the most important thing, and let everything be valuable to you. Feel the value of the world you’re in, and you’ll value the world within you.
- Hold nothing in order to embrace everything. There’s nothing to hold onto, and everything to hold onto. When we engage within ourselves we can release the things, people, places, and activities going on around us. Because of that, we can find more meaning, more value, and more purpose to everything around us.
These ways are what I have consistently used to engage myself, and to encourage others to become engaged, too. However, your ways might be different. If you consciously seek to engage within yourself, you can become engaged.
Adam Fletcher is available to train, coach, speak, and write about Personal Engagement across the US and Canada. Contact him to learn about the possibilities!