How many people do you know that are actually doing what they said they would be doing when they grew up?
How many of those people enjoy their career choice?
How many of those people are wishing they still had a chance to do something different?
There is still time.
No matter what age you are or what stage you’re at in your career, there is still time to go out and look for your career calling — to find that purpose, to make your mark on the world.
If you’re ready to tap into something bigger than your current job situation, you’re going to have to change your mindset from one that thinks that opportunities are limited and resources are too scarce for you to make a life change, to a more holistic approach of assuming abundance and becoming more in-tuned with yourself.
Now, let’s get to work on finding your career purpose and owning your calling.
IN ORDER TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR PURPOSE IS, WHAT YOUR CALLING IS, WHAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT, THEN YOU GOTTA DO THE INNER WORK.
IN ORDER TO DO THE INNER WORK, A LOT OF STUFF IS GOING TO COME UP THAT YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH — THAT MIGHT BE HARD, THAT MIGHT BE SCARY, THAT MIGHT BE OVERWHELMING, THAT MIGHT BE CONFUSING.
BUT, IF YOU DON’T LOOK AT THAT. I THINK YOU’LL REMAIN STUCK.
YOU’LL LACK SATISFACTION.
STEP 1: REFLECT
Being proactive in reflecting and evaluating your current job situation as it pertains to your life goals is crucial in finding your calling and the next steps of your career journey.
Create little mini-getaways for yourself clear your mind and start with a fresh slate to think about your career purpose on a deeper level.
Reflect on your strengths, what you value, a purpose you want to be involved in, and the kind of people you want to surround yourself with.
This first step of reflection is the hardest, but the most valuable in finding your career calling.
Taking your time and finding your calling can help you begin to create career goals to help design a life you love with purpose.
STEP 2: ACCEPT & ACKNOWLEDGE
Our careers constantly evolve as our priorities, life goals, and interests change.
Accepting these changes as we take the time to re-evaluate where we are in our lives will help us progress along our career change process.
Being able to acknowledge that, ‘Yes, this is what I want to do. This is what the accumulation of my skills, experience, and passion has led me to want to do,’ creates a sense of knowing and a feeling of confidence within ourselves that will start turning the wheel of momentum that we need to change our careers.
STEP 3: OWN IT
Now that you’ve taken the steps to reflect, identify, accept, and acknowledge what your career calling is, you’ve got to own it. And, you’ve got to own that purpose sooner rather than later.
There will be doubts of your decision from outside perspectives and maybe even from your inner voice, but you will need to develop strong boundaries that will give you the ability to discourage those nay-sayers and negative thoughts.
You have to be very in-tuned with yourself, believe in your purpose, and own your decision to pursue it.
Create a space within yourself that will give you the ability to gain self-mastery through your strengths, skills, and confidence to protect yourself from people that question your calling.
STEP 4: MAKE A PLAN-FINDING YOUR CALLING
With a clear direction of where you know you want your career to go, the next step is making a plan to get there.
How do you do that?
You can begin by identifying positions and organizations that align with your calling.
If you find that you’re in need of more guidance in the planning step, you can look into outside resources like hiring a career coach or recruiting mentors that have been in your position of change.
STEP 5: TAKE ACTION
In order to own your purpose, you’ll need to take intentional actions in reaching your newly identified career calling.
Start making small incremental changes toward your goals.
You can even volunteer in an organization that matches your calling or network with those that work in those same organizations to get more information or dip your toes in the waters of that new career.
Remember that it is always a good idea to evaluate your progress. If you have to, you can always pivot your career course.
As high performers, we are always looking for ways to improve where we are to where we want to go.
High performers want to build careers that are in alignment with their dreams and values.
The steps above will help you jump start you down a path to reach your new career goals and aid you in finding your calling.
Once you own your purpose and take action to do something different from what you’ve been doing, you’ll build momentum to continue to live out your calling.
Remember not to rush your career change process. By doing that, you defeat the purpose of the time you’ve put into doing all of the soul-searching and goal-setting to find your next career move.
If you find that you need more support through your career journey, we’ve got the resources for you.
Check out the Career Change Bootcamp program as it was created to guide you to build a strong foundation in finding the right path to your next career.
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