2. Remember It’s ALL About YOU! Identify your Gifts, Purpose, and True Calling.
Chances are, you have already had Intuitions or “hunchs” about what you’d do if money was no object and you could simply do what your heart instructed. Verify your “hunches” by asking ten friends or co-workers to share their uncensored thoughts about your work style—what talents and attributes naturally flow from your personality that makes you unique. Be honest with yourself and pair their feedback with your instincts to formulate a purpose-based plan based on your propensity for work, challenges you’ve overcome, and practical talents.
Blend all of this together like a smoothie and you’ll be able to identify your purpose on earth—the career plan that has your name written all over it. Morph these realizations into a clear picture of your destiny—the work you were meant to do, because the idea of doing anything else feels wrong. This revelation instills a new sense of fulfillment– and you’ll become motivated and focused as you have never been before.
3. Pay Close Attention: The Journey is Half the Fun
Can you look back at your life and see the miracle moments that sent you in a new direction or down an unexpected path? — the moments that shaped the person you are today? Can you observe these crucial events as seeming Destined to occur?
If you pay close attention to recognize these guiding events — the “Synchronicity” happening right now — you can stay connected to sleuth out the mission that best fits your talents and gifts. Devote time each day to opening your mind and your eyes as you analyze opportunities that come your way. For example, it could be a link to an online job ad or an introduction to someone who may hold the keys to an industry you might never have thought of before. If you maintain a focused vigilance, when the right opportunity presents itself, it will fit perfectly into your internalized purpose. At which point, you owe it to yourself to pursue the path that takes you where you are meant to go.
The journey is never-ending and, after all, a fun adventure that allows you to grow through your experiences. Stay aware and connected every day to the silver lining in each moment, especially during your most challenging times. Know that every situation in your life has a meaning. Accept that pain is an essential part of our development from which we can learn and grow. Now, affirm that you will find the type of work that’s not just acceptable but offers you so much joy and satisfaction that your face lights up every time you talk about what you do.
4. Ensure Your Future by Undergoing Regular Reality Checks.
Why is this important? Because sometimes, underlying fears and old habits can delude one into thinking that a job is “the real thing” when it’s less than that. Make it habit to ask yourself two questions so often they become second nature:
1. “Am I fulfilled most of the time as I undertake tasks associated with my job?”
2. “Do I feel energized by my professional life—energized enough to stay committed to goals even when life throws a few curve balls my way?”
Be true to yourself when answering these questions and the amount of confidence and self-assurance you amass as a result will assure your future success.