Finding a career that is aligned with your purpose can often be a difficult thing to do. For one, most people live their entire lives without even realizing what their purpose is, and two, even when they do realize their purpose, it might seem like it’s not the right moment to pursue it. But that’s the thing, our life is made up of these moments and we need to make every single one of them count. So in this post, I’m posing the question “Is your career aligned with your purpose?” and helping you to identify if what you’re doing right now aligns with what you were meant to be doing all along.
“Your life has purpose. Your story is important. Your dreams count. Your voice matters. You were born to make an impact.”
IS YOUR CAREER ALIGNED WITH YOUR PURPOSE?
It has taken me 28 years to awaken the purpose that God has given me at birth, and even to this day I still do not fully understand the depths of it.
For many of us, this is probably the one discussion we have with ourselves on a regular basis:
What is our purpose? And is what I am doing align me with that purpose?
Purpose is a scary thing to talk about because, for many, awakening your purpose means heading into unknown territory where you might be stretched to the point of discomfort, and that’s okay.
Your purpose is meant to stretch you and enables you to make the most of your skills and abilities. That’s why aligning your career with what you are meant to do with your life is so important.
Ask yourself the following questions to consistently align your actions with what you should be doing with your life.
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1. DO YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU ARE DOING?
This tends to be a frequently asked question, but it is such a necessary thing to understand. When your career is not aligned with your purpose, you experience a sense of discomfort that goes beyond your surface feelings.
You tend to carry out tasks in a lacklustre way and your overall level of motivation decreases over time. Everyone, at some point, has gone through this lacklustre period in their lives.
It’s largely due to the fact that we’re involved in careers that are sometimes the polar opposites of what we should be doing with our lives so we secretly hate what we’re doing.
I believe that I’ve always had a desire to talk to people and to motivate them, but I never really got to do so until recently.
In my previous jobs, I would often tell my supervisors that “I tend to get bored easily” and it was a phrase I often used because I couldn’t really identify what the issue with my jobs was.
It wasn’t that I couldn’t carry out the tasks given to me, or that the tasks provided no challenge. The problem was that I didn’t have a passion (or inner yearning) to do what I was given to do.
Don’t get me wrong, I always did my best. I just couldn’t understand that feeling of unfulfillment that tended to linger afterwards.
Are you experiencing this sense of unfulfillment right now or have experienced it in the past? Maybe it’s time to take a second look at your career to identify whether you truly enjoy what you’ve been doing, or if you’re solely working because it pays you a decent salary.
2. DOES YOUR CAREER MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS?
Let me be clear about something. When you are living in alignment with the purpose that God has given you, whatever you do will always make a difference in the lives of others.
For some, having a career that means nothing besides a huge paycheck is just fine. For others, true success in life means going to work each and every day knowing that someone’s life changes every time you step into that office or through those doors.
Take a look at what you do every day in your job and ask yourself, “How does what I do affect people’s lives?” or “Does it provide value and affect people in a positive way?”
Get really honest with yourself and find out what you’ve truly been doing with your skills and with your time. You might discover that you actually make a huge difference in the world, or sadly, you might realize that you make absolutely no impact at all.
When your career is not aligned with your purpose, you quickly begin to realize that the reason you dislike what you do is that you know within your heart that your job should be making the world a better place one day at a time, but it’s not.
It took me way too long to figure out that a purpose-led career that makes a difference is more important than a career that pays well. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a lucrative career that changes the world (that is 250% possible and it is my goal).
It just means that you value the contribution you make over the amount on your paycheck each month.
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3. DOES YOUR CAREER STRETCH YOU?
Whenever we apply for a job, most of us tend to look for easy assignments. We want a job that pays well and might make a difference, but we also want a job that we know 100% we can kick butt in.
That’s fine for the most part, as many of us would gladly take the easy job then work our way up the corporate ladder. There’s just one problem with that kind of limiting mindset.
Our purpose is meant to stretch us beyond what we think we are capable of accomplishing, to transform us into the men and women we are meant to become.
Your purpose isn’t meant to be a walk in the park. It is meant to maximise every skill, talent, characteristic and personality trait that God assigned you at birth.
One of my favourite self-affirmations that I say to myself consistently which reminds me of this fact is this: I have the skills, talents and everything I need to unlock the potential inside me and impact the lives of millions.
Not only does it remind me of who I can be, it reminds me to never settle for less than a life of full impact. A life where I am of complete service to God and to others because that’s what true purpose is.
If you want to see if your career is aligned with what you were always meant to be, look out for your stretch assignments. These are the responsibilities and roles you are given each day that put you so far outside your comfort zone you question whether you can do them or not.
These assignments not only advance you to the next level, they tap into the bigger, bolder vision that God has for you and your life.
4. DOES YOUR CAREER ALIGN WITH YOUR VISION OF YOUR FUTURE SELF?
Recently I started using a “success journal” as I like to call it. This success journal not only helps me to document my purpose-driven journey to becoming a motivational and belief-awakening speaker, it allows me to craft a vision and a mission statement for my life.
Even if you never physically write down a vision or mission statement for your life, it is incredibly important that you have one. Keeping a journal enables you to find clarity and focus for your career, your life and your legacy.
You are able to really examine who you are, who you want to be and what the best version of your life looks like.
When I was a child, the best vision of my life was being married to the man of my dreams, raising a family and being a great wife. That might be the vision for many women as well, and that’s fine for the most part.
After going through my split-rock moment and having God yank me out of my comfort zone (in a good way) and completely flip my life around, I was forced to expand the vision I had once made for myself as a child.
Understanding if your career aligns with your purpose is understanding if what you’re doing naturally flows into the kind of future you want. Does what you are doing now physically (or spiritually) connect you to where you should be ten, twelve years from now?
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WHAT KIND OF LEGACY ARE YOU BUILDING?
One thing you should always be aware of is this. No one is ever going to force you to live out the purpose you have been given so it’s up to you to unleash your true potential.
Most of us don’t think about this, but we need to be aware of the kind of legacy we’re building for ourselves and our families. As morbid as it sounds, what kind of impact would you want others to speak about at your funeral?
Were you a constant shoulder to lean on? Did you always have a smile and an encouraging word for someone in need? Or did you spend your life living way below what you were capable of?
Your start building your legacy the moment you start believing bigger and yearn to make a difference in the world. I think Rick Warren said it best:
“Being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose is not at all the same thing; you can reach all your personal goals, become a raving success by the world’s standard and still miss your purpose in this life.”
Be intentional as you create the life you want. No matter your age, you can still create a life of purpose and impact by pursuing a career that aligns you with what you’re fully capable of accomplishing.
As you grow and evolve, you’ll truly begin to understand the meaning of peace, meaning and significance.
If you enjoyed reading about and trying to understand if your career aligns with your purpose, you would enjoy reading more about how to use the law of attraction to create the life you want.
Also, let me know. Are you satisfied with your career? Do you believe this is what you were always meant to do? Why? Why not?
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Until next time. Peace, love and prayers.