Your career is not what brings you purpose. Here’s what does.
Here’s the kicker. Your career is not what fuels you. It’s not this glorious, shining rainbow-star that gives you purpose and direction. So stop looking to your career to do that. Stop looking to your career to be the answer to your problems. Stop telling yourself if you could only figure out what you were meant to do then you could move forward.
Because all that does, is keep you stuck. And keep you looking, outward, for some career to save you. For some golden sign that you are on the path you are supposed to be on. It doesn’t work like that.
Because purpose doesn’t come from out there – from finding the right career for you.
Purpose comes from you. From deciding – who do I want to be? What do I want to represent? What do I want my legacy to be?
It comes from the little choices you make, each day, to support that vision you have for yourself.
This takes the pressure off of needing to have that one perfect answer or direction to move forward – you know, that constant weight you carry that slowly pushes you down as you strive to figure out the perfect solution to your career woes. Instead, you can realize there is no weight – because there is no perfect career. Sure, there is using your skills and natural born talents. And there are ways to find a career that better fits your needs and wants in life. But that is not the same as expecting your career to be what fulfills you.
So when you find yourself hearing you say that your career is off. That you don’t know what you should do about it. That you aren’t being fulfilled. Stop looking for a career to do that for you. And instead ask, what do I want people to say about me right after I walk out of the room? What legacy do I want to leave behind, and how can I start living from that place – right now? Wherever I am at career-wise.
To help you define this vision for yourself, write your own obituary as if you lived exactly the life you want to life. What does it say? Who were you? What were you known for? Who would you want to read it?
Now, start each day asking, what can I do to be that person right now?
Because bottom-line, purpose comes in the little steps – little choices you make each day based on knowing the person you want to be. Not the career itself.