Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters by John C. Maxwell tells the story of John’s rise to prominence as a megachurch pastor and leadership expert.
When I first heard him speak, I was overwhelmed by John’s confidence and a bit put off by his attitude, which bordered on cockiness. But this book is a gem for anyone struggling with self-worth or lacking fulfillment. And his story reveals his weaknesses, failures, and strengths, makes him relatable, and lets us apply some lessons from his life to our own.
Intentional Living is a book that aims to help readers find purpose and fulfillment by encouraging them to live with intention. This book can be particularly beneficial for someone who feels unfulfilled in their work since it provides valuable insights and practical advice on making meaningful changes and leading a more fulfilling life.
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Three key insights and takeaways from the book are:
Significance comes from adding value to others: Maxwell emphasizes that true fulfillment and happiness come from adding value to the lives of others rather than focusing on personal success or material wealth. By shifting the focus from self-centered goals to making a positive impact on others, we can find a greater sense of purpose and satisfaction in our work and personal lives.
Living with intentionality: He encourages readers to live each day with intention by making conscious choices and taking deliberate actions that align with their values and goals. Such intentionality requires us to become more self-aware and reflective and to prioritize our time and energy on what truly matters. By doing so, they can create a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
The power of small, consistent actions: The book highlights the importance of taking small, consistent steps towards one’s goals rather than waiting for the perfect moment or a breakthrough. This incremental approach can lead to significant gradual progress and help us overcome feelings of being stuck or unfulfilled in their work.
In summary, Intentional Living offers valuable insights and practical advice for anyone feeling unfulfilled in their work. By emphasizing the importance of adding value to others, living with intentionality, and taking small, consistent actions, Maxwell’s book provides a roadmap for creating a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
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