One of the most common questions when you meet someone is, “So, what do you do?” Whether we like it or not we are not defined by our passions or values but our job title. When you pause to reflect for a moment ask yourself this: “are you doing what is a reflection of who you are?” If not, then this presents a significant disconnect. To determine this, see if you can answer these three questions:
- Does your career path engage you interests, passion and abilities, or do you leave part of yourself at home when you go to the office?
- Do you have clarity as to who you really are and what makes you unique or is your identity just a distorted reflection of your job position?
- Do you see the need for something different, and if so, do you have the vision or capacity to make a change?
Individuals want to tap into their uniqueness and discover the underlying purpose in what they do. This allows them to feel a sense of contentment in what they do. We argue that this requires something greater: both a subjective inquiry and an objective inventory.
To learn this requires a subjective understanding they only you can construct for yourself. It requires careful guidance to draw out your inner strengths to become acutely aware of what drives you and why it is a vital part if you. This is what provides meaning.
Individuals also want to know what abilities they were born with? What is it about their cognitive wiring that makes them unique? Schools and psychologists use quantitative and verbal reasoning and IQ tests to define academic capabilities but that doesn’t measure all that multiple intelligences you possess. What if these abilities could be isolated and create patterns that actually support certain professions? What if you could learn how you problem solve best and which job environment will allow you to thrive.
We each are blessed with talented minds. If the workforce is to truly re-connect with their work this requires taking the time to engage in a process that begins with a subjective discovery process to discern the meaning of your work. Additionally, this requires learning to develop your newfound inborn abilities that together will offer clarity of purpose. It elevates the perception that what you do truly matters and is an integral part your identity. Integrating these two creates a dynamic synergy that allows for the creation of a vocational identity. When this is fully understood, individuals will re-connect with what they do and find a pathway to discover what is less like work and more like their calling. In this process, they will find personal fulfillment once again.
Blair Hollis M.A. GCDF BCCC
Crossroads Consulting, Inc.