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Are We Seeing Our Roles Clearly or Are Our Lenses Broken?

Are We Seeing Our Roles Clearly or Are Our Lenses Broken?

Do you feel overwhelmed by the daily demands of your job? Do you often wonder if there is more to life than just going through the motions? Are you searching for deeper meaning in your work, but find it hard to discern? If so, you’re not alone. In today’s modern world, individuals are struggling to make sense of their roles and the significance of their work. We are so caught up in the day-to-day tasks that it’s easy to miss the bigger picture. Are our lenses broken? Perhaps we need to take a step back to get a clearer view.


What’s distracting us from seeing meaning in our work?

It’s no surprise that the modern world is a distraction. We’re constantly bombarded with notifications from our phones and computers, news updates from around the world, and the constant stream of social media updates from our friends. The sheer amount of stimuli can be overwhelming and can make it difficult for us to focus on our work. Not only that, but the pressure of needing to succeed in an increasingly competitive global market can be overwhelming as well.
We’re so focused on the little things like trying to complete a task, or getting everything done in a timely manner, that we often forget to look at the big picture. We fail to see how our work contributes to something bigger than ourselves. We don’t take the time to understand what the meaning behind our work is and how it’s making a difference. We’re too busy looking at the small details that we forget to look at the larger scope of things.
These distractions make it difficult for us to really comprehend and understand our roles in the workplace. We become so wrapped up in trying to do things efficiently that we forget about the actual purpose behind them. It’s hard to understand why we are doing something if we don’t understand the greater context of why we are doing it. We become obsessed with completing tasks rather than looking at the bigger picture and understanding the reason why these tasks need to be completed.
The distractions of our daily lives can be blinding when it comes to understanding our work and our roles in our professional lives. It’s important to remember that even though it may be easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day tasks, it’s essential to take some time out of our day and reflect on our work and why it matters. We need to take the time to understand our roles and how they fit into the larger scheme of things. By taking a step back and seeing the bigger picture, we can gain clarity on why we’re working and what we’re striving towards.


How can we tell if our lens is broken?

When we look at our work and life, it’s easy to get distracted by the day-to-day tasks and obligations. We become so focused on completing our duties that we fail to see any meaning behind them. This can lead to feelings of monotony and frustration as we struggle to find deeper purpose in our lives.
If this sounds familiar, it could be a sign that our lens is broken. Our lens is what helps us to make sense of our work and relationships, so if it’s not working properly, we may have difficulty seeing the larger picture.
One way to tell if our lens is broken is to pay attention to how we feel when we’re engaging in different activities. If we’re feeling bored or unfulfilled, this could be a sign that something isn’t quite right. Alternatively, if we feel energized and motivated, it could be an indication that our lens is intact and allowing us to find meaning and fulfillment in our lives.
Another sign of a broken lens is an inability to stay focused on any particular task. It’s easy to get distracted by other tasks or activities when our lens isn’t functioning properly, making it difficult to stay productive or make progress towards any goals.
Finally, if we’re feeling disconnected from our work and relationships, this could be a sign that our lens isn’t allowing us to appreciate the beauty and joy in those areas of our lives. When our lens is broken, it can be hard to recognize the positive aspects of our work and relationships, leaving us feeling empty and unsatisfied.
Overall, it’s important to pay attention to how we feel when engaging in different activities as well as how easily we stay focused on tasks. If we notice signs that our lens might be broken, there are steps we can take to try and repair it.


What can we do to fix it?

One of the best ways to fix our broken lenses and get a clearer understanding of our roles is to take a step back and reflect. We can start by recognizing what our roles are, acknowledging our values, and asking ourselves if we are living up to them. It is also important to stay mindful of what we are putting into our work, and ask ourselves if it aligns with our goals.
If our lens is broken, it’s time to ask ourselves what is missing and why. Are we feeling disconnected from our work? Do we need more purpose or do we need to change the way we look at our tasks? Taking a break from our daily routine can also help us get a better perspective on our roles and how we fit into them.
Another helpful way to fix our broken lens is to set specific goals that align with our values. We can then track our progress to ensure that we are making meaningful strides towards achieving these goals. Additionally, connecting with other people in similar roles can help us feel inspired and motivated to keep striving for excellence in our work.
Finally, it’s important to focus on building resilience so that when things don’t go according to plan, we can pick ourselves up and move forward. By creating a strong internal framework of values and goals, we can become more emotionally invested in our work and find greater satisfaction in it. When we focus on this, we can more easily identify and fix any broken lenses that might be keeping us from seeing the true meaning in our roles.


Here’s what HBR says about Finding Deeper Meaning


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