There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Mission. Vision. Purpose.
Yet how many of us actually feel that way? As I converse with most of my peers, it’s obvious that we are a dissatisfied generation. We have a job but we hate it. We have a paycheck but it’s not enough.
We’re alive and breathing but we’re longing for something different – somewhere better than where we are.
Something profound happened in my life when I started acting rather than reacting – when I started creating every day rather than waiting around. Rather than allowing my dissatisfaction to paralyze me, I allowed it to push me. Instead of waiting for opportunities to come to me, I seized opportunity.
Are you dissatisfied?
Slow down for a second. Think about where you are in life. Dissatisfaction doesn’t have to lead you down a path of depression and wandering. You don’t have to deny it. All you need to do is harness it.
You see, it’s a waste of time to just be dissatisfied. There’s enough people sitting in the waiting room, sharing their stories of woe, and reliving the “glory days”.
But not you.
It’s time to get up.
How To Harness Dissatisfaction For Your Good
Here’s how to harness dissatisfaction for your good:
1. Pour your passion into today
We all long for brighter days – for the time where we’re doing what God has called us to do. Finally arriving. Sorry to depress you, but that’s not going to happen. All you have is today.
We tend to romanticize the “will of God”. The expectations we place upon it are unrealistic. The will of God is living today for God’s glory. We need recapture the art of being present where we are…right now.
Don’t think about next year or even tomorrow. Live today and pour yourself into wherever you are.
2. Make someone else’s life better
Self-centeredness is the epidemic of our age. We want to advance our careers and succeed at all costs. If you’re dissatisfied with where you are, find someone else to focus on.
Refocus the energy you’re using to worry, and go change someone’s life.
Pour your energies into discipling them – making them a better person.
3. Be remarkably different
Often what happens when we’re dissatisfied is we convince ourselves to just get by. We don’t work as hard because “our time is coming”. We survive rather than thrive. We just try to make it through the day.
Here’s what I want you to do. Take that mindset and punch it in the face. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Feel good? Instead of simply surviving, choose to be remarkable – be excellent at what you do. Make a choice and just do it. Don’t think so much. Stop worrying and start doing it.
4. Learn to submit
It’s easy to think you know it all when you’re young. But one of the best things you can do is to submit and serve someone else’s vision. Learn to submit and serve and make someone else look great.
Not only will this prepare you for the future, it will make your present all the more productive.
5. Live to learn
Whatever season of life you may be in, learn everything you can. Learn everywhere you can. Learn from anyone you can. Approach your day as a day of learning.
You don’t really have to wander and wait. Opportunity is everywhere. God is speaking.
When you’re dissatisfied, seek to learn the lessons behind the fog.
Stop worrying. Stop complaining. Stop over-thinking. Stop blaming God. Get up and do something amazing.
Question: Are you dissatisfied? What are you learning? What could you start doing today? You can leave a comment by clicking here.