Is your job terrible? Is it tolerable, but you’re always looking for a better opportunity? Or perhaps you love your job, Lucky you!
It doesn’t matter.
Whatever the relationship you have with your work right now, I can help you reframe your work in a way that will make it a more positive experience.
My ultimate mission is to create a meaningful life that contributes positively to the world. If you’re reading this post, I’m sure you can relate to that.
When I was little, I decided the best way to do this was to become a Saint. There wasn’t a Saint Adriana yet to the best of my knowledge. Or maybe I’d settle for becoming the Pope since I needed a backup plan. Not surprisingly, neither of those panned out.
I chose a career in business instead. My revised plan was to work incredibly hard, get super-rich, and then retire early to a life in service of some greater good. But after I celebrated a special milestone birthday, I began to question my entire plan.
Why do I need to wait a single day to start living into my purpose?
Can I find a way to serve my purpose each day with the career I’m in now? If I’m a janitor, a banker, or a growth strategist, can I create meaning in the work I do at this moment?
Yes, and yes!
Most of us spend more than 1/2 of our waking hours at work, so it makes sense that if we could create purpose in our daily work, we would feel much more fulfilled with our work AND our lives.
Bridging the Gap
So how do we bridge the gap between living into our purpose “someday” and where we are right now?
I figure the best way to bridge that gap is to imagine what it means to be truly living my mission and then walk that back to one small thing I can do each day, starting now, in service of that mission.
Asking questions like the ones below is helpful.
- What is my purpose?
- What activities am I doing when I’m living my purpose in life?
- Who will I be helping?
- What new skills do I need to learn?
- What are small ways I might live this purpose in my daily work?
- How can I serve the people I work with now?
- How can I learn the skills that will help me serve my purpose while I’m in my current job?
As an example, let’s say you ultimately want to serve by helping provide affordable housing to people who are struggling or homeless. You could create or lead an organizational community initiative with Habitat for Humanity to build houses. You’d be doing great work while learning more about what it takes to create affordable housing.
Let’s say you want to mentor startups or young people. You could start mentoring someone at your work or create a mentorship program for your organization. This would give you a chance to help people while learning the mentorship skills you will need later.
There’s no benefit to waiting until all the stars align. And there’s no reason to feel like you can’t find purpose in your work no matter how bad your job is. It takes some creativity, and if you’re open to small but impactful steps, you can start living it now in your daily work.
Please share your thoughts with me on this, and if you’ve found this information helpful, you can help me get the word out by using the links provided and sharing it with a colleague. Thanks!
I love this. Our purpose can be revealed in the “small stuff” of living each and everyday. As an example, I try to be mindful of my words when I am served or when I see others doing things with passion. An encouraging word costs me nothing, but could make the difference in someone’s day.
Pete, thank you for your comment. As someone who has worked with you and known you for several years, I can attest that you are a perfect example. You’ve encouraged me and inspired me in ways that may have seemed small to you, but had a big impact on me. And I probably never even told you or said thank you! So, thank you! 🙂
I love this blog! I wholeheartedly agree that we can find ways today to fulfill our purpose. Some day may never come. We can only count on today. Opportunities abound.
Thank you, Caryn!