4 Big mistakes you are making in career fulfillment
Let me sum up in just a few words what must happen to get career fulfillment and the most out of your career.
You must be: the right person in the right place doing the right things the right way for the right reasons. This article is designed to get you on a path toward that end.
First Mistake – You do not know what inspires you (your passion)
I have asked hundreds of people over the last twenty years if they know what inspires them. Almost no one knows what it is. Even those in the business do not know. Normally people talk about what they like to do when they attempt to answer the question.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you discover it, (of course you can just purchase Career Compass and have the system generate it for you.)
- What do you want your legacy to be? At 90 looking back at your life, what would you regret most if you do not do it?
- What do you like to daydream about to get you out of a funk?
- Where does your mind go when you are daydreaming?
- What breaks your heart when you think about it? What do you anguish over, what one thing seems to keep you awake at night, will not let you rest because you want it made right?
- What one thing do you do that gives you energy, makes you lose track of time?
- What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
The important thing here is to remember you are not trying to answer any one question, you are trying to get to the heart of each of the answers, not what’s on the surface, but what is lying under the surface in each of your responses where you see a common thread.
At the end of this article, I spell out how these three things play out, how they need to be correlated in your mind to make since of them, and more importantly, how to apply them to your life.
NOTE: If you have taken the assessments in the past, then you can easily find out what inspires you, I added a Passion statement to the report about a year ago. Go to www.lmpmaps.com and log in. Then run your profile report or the summary report. If you forgot your password, the system will retrieve it for you, just put in your email address. If you still cannot find it, email me at [email protected] and I will reset it for you and send you back the login credentials.
Second Mistake – You do not understand, (at least in concrete terms) what your potential is and how to apply it
Do you know what special talents, behaviors and personality traits you have, ones you are born with that no one else has the same measure? It is amazing that so many of us, including yours truly (until I was in my forties), never come to an understanding of what our unique traits are and how they work. We all take the assessments that help us know what they are, but most of us never understand what to do with what we learn about ourselves. And more importantly, we do not take on the responsibility to use what we learn to change our life for the better.
The key to a better life is in knowing what your potential is and then using what you learn to advance your career goals (if you have even set them, a subject for another time.
Third Mistake – You do not know what your life purpose or personal mission is
There is a massive amount of information written about this subject. But let me illustrate its importance with a quote from Alice in Wonderland.
“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
If you do not have a purpose for your life, or another way to put it, you do not have a personal life mission, then your life is most likely going to take the path of least resistance. In other words, your friends, people you respect and your environment are going to choose for you, you are going to live your life for everyone else.
At the end of your life, that is going to be a very big disappointment. I believe this is one of the major contributors to mid life crisis.
In the hilarious 1991 movie City Slickers, the Jack Palance character, Curly explains that you need to figure out your one thing and stick to it. No one has said it better!
Fourth Mistake – You are not lining up your purpose, potential, and passion with your career (or the one you are pursuing)
This one is a little tricky, but the bottom line is you must know yourself, and you must know what to do with who you are, and you must know how to act and make it happen. Toward that end let me outline the play between these three important indicators.
The play between purpose, passion and potential is important to understand. So here is a quick explanation of how they play together.
- Passion fuels your potential in its quest to fulfill your purpose.
- Potential is the toolkit you use to advance your life purpose.
- Passion is the drive your potential needs for motivation and sustainability.
This is getting longer than I wanted, so let me end with a few offers to help you.
If you have not purchased Career Compass, I urge you to do so. I guarantee you will be happy with it.
If you have purchased it but would like to schedule an interpretive session to have me walk you through it and get some of the answers in this article answered, email me at [email protected].
Over the last year I have written five eBooks designed to help you find and transition into the right job.
Here are some links to my five eBooks, all written to help you move through the career selection and or career change process.