With over 90,000 hours of our life spent at work, employees want to bring home more than a paycheck. They are searching for a profound way to connect to their job and develop a fulfilling career that continually motivates and inspires. Taking steps to find purpose in your career can be an intimidating undertaking and may result in a career change. However, the advantage of finding your purpose at work is gaining clarity on what truly inspires you and creating a meaningful career.
To find purpose in your career, follow these four actionable steps.
4 Steps to Find Purpose in Your Career
1. Be Honest With Yourself
Our hectic lives can easily lead to burnout, and when bills and families start to grow, choosing a career path that alleviates immediate needs might outweigh the desire for a purposeful career. If you find yourself questioning your purpose at work, begin by being honest with yourself about your job and answering these five questions:
Do those paths require a career change, or are there ways to work with your current employer?
Don’t rush this step. Take the time to pinpoint the issues and reflect on your core values. Also, don’t quiet your inner voice; trust that it will lead you toward a creative and meaningful resolution.
2. Understanding Value
We all have strengths and worthwhile skills, and recognizing the value we bring to our job is a crucial element to find purpose in your career. Start by making a list of three important tasks you carry out in your position and why they are essential for the business to run smoothly. Then, set a goal to accomplish these tasks more effectively. On the opposite end of the spectrum, note three small tasks you find devoid of meaning. Write down their end result and how a good or bad performance might affect the outcome; you might be surprised by how little things matter.
3. Discover Your Talents
Like the strengths we bring to the table, we are each born with natural gifts; because they are familiar they might not seem like talents, but they are. We might share similar abilities with other people, such as being good with numbers or at strategy, but none of our talents are the same.
Inc. states that there is, “Only a 1-in-33 million chance you have the same top 5 talent themes as another person.” If you are unsure what your talents are, think about activities at work, or in life, that you excel at, or something your co-workers come to you for advice or feedback on. Once your talents reveal themselves, you’ll have a better understanding of how to find purpose in your career and how your current position connects to the larger picture.
4. Positivity in the Present
Employees are often hired to see, fix and solve problems, and when your job is to search for the negative, it can be easy to fall into a negativity mind trap. To put yourself on a positive path, start each day noting three things you are grateful for.
As you move throughout your workday be mindful about being positive. Simple acts like complimenting or helping a co-worker, using your 10-minute break to meditate instead of scrolling through your social media feed and journaling about a recent positive experience, have far-reaching impacts. Studies have shown that positivity enhances brain productivity, creativity and energy. That same study showed that acts of positivity (like those listed above) if done for 21 consecutive days, rewire the brain to see the positive, not the negative, first. Maintaining a positive outlook improves overall performance and is one of the key factors to developing a successful and more purposeful career.
Find Your Hire Purpose
Are you looking to find purpose in your career? At CorEdge we match you with a Talent Champion who is committed to connecting you with the ideal company based on your core values and building a career around your long-term goals. Contact us today to set up an appointment!