Everyone's looking to live a fulfilling life, right? To find some little secret that makes it the best it can possibly be? I know I was! And it's still what I want.
So, how do you have a more fulfilling life? You find and follow your purpose!
How do you find your purpose?
You discover what your gifts and talents are, lean into your God-given personality, prioritize your values, and seek out opportunities to put all of these to use for you in a work setting or outside of work.
Does that sound overwhelming or too easy?
I promise you it's not. Just take it one step at a time.
Discovering Your Gifts and Talents
In order to find fulfilling work, you first have to know what you're good at and what you enjoy, right? So take a moment to think about that.
What are you good at? What things come naturally to you? Are you really good at solving problems, taking initiative, or resolving conflicts? Do you love brainstorming or following through on plans to the very end?
Are you skilled in technology, or do you prefer to work with your hands? What do you know how to do? Are there things that come easily to you that aren't as easy for others-- things you could take advantage of by turning them into a job or something you could help others with?
Personally, I've always loved to write, and I've been told that I have the gift of encouragement. So I put them together and created this blog. Then I wrote my book. And now I'm using my skills to build a coaching business to continue encouraging people with my words.
Leaning Into Your God-Given Personality
The way you're wired is special (not in a likes-to-eat-paste way, but in a one-of-a-kind-treasure kind of way). Whether you're introverted or extroverted, left-brained or right-brained, a natural leader or a consistent supporter, you can use the way you were made to your advantage.
People are more productive, content, and invested when they find work that fits them, challenges them, and inspires them. There are so many different types of work environments and positions and companies, and they're all suited for specific types of people. That's not to say that you can't make a position work even if it's not perfectly suited to the way you're wired; it just means that another position might work better.
I'm more introverted and independent. While I like working on a team, I truly prefer to work independently most of the time, and I thrive in quiet environments with minimal distractions. Knowing that, I can try to craft my work space and habits accordingly.
Putting it All Together
How can you use what you're good at, what you love, and how you're wired to create a fulfilling life? The sweet spot is found where your gifts and the needs you see in the world around you meet. You can't meet every need, but your gifts and resources are well-designed to serve a purpose, whether it appears to be big or small on the surface.
Perhaps you can create a product or service that is missing in the world, filling a gap you see. Or maybe you could join an organization that's doing work you care about instead of creating something brand new. Maybe it's only a matter of choosing to view your life through a lens of purpose instead of changing your circumstances in any big way.
Your whole life can be purposeful. Everything you do can make a difference, even if it seems like it's a small one. The way we interact with our neighbors matters. How we treat our coworkers matters. The way we treat our family members matters. How we react when we're calling our Internet provider over a bill and sit on hold for half an hour and get passed to three different service people matters (trust me, they really appreciate kindness!). May we all choose to think about how we interact with the world around us and intentionally be a positive influence!
If you want a more detailed path to follow, join my FREE 7-day From Surviving to Thriving Challenge! And stay tuned for more information about something I have in the works for you!