Unhappiness in work stems from not supporting your personal and professional purpose, mission, and values. Happiness, in contrast, is living your life according to your motivations, passions, and drive.
How can you determine whether or not you are on the right career path? How do you make the transition to a career that will better match your desired lifestyle? How do you uncover your purpose and your motivation in order to live a life you love?
In order to be successful in your BusinessLife, choose to understand your purpose.
What are you good at?
What do you enjoy?
What are you passionate about?
Peter is able to find his own purpose through business coaching:
“I love my job. The world needs it. I get paid for it. I’m great at it. I have passion, I have a mission, I have a vocation, and I have a profession.”
Everyone wants to love his or her job. You want a job that is fulfilling and meaningful in regards to your personal purpose. You spend 90,000 hours at work over your lifetime, so why waste those minutes on something that doesn’t fulfill your passion?
Understanding your purpose comes through an intense, thorough, and honest self-examination. You first choose to identify your goals in order to achieve them.
What makes you happy in life?
What do you feel is your purpose in life?
Write down the first thing that comes to mind with these questions. Allow your brain to flow freely. Keep writing all of the ideas and thoughts that flash past your eyes.
Now sit back and look at the list. What “purpose” seems to speak out to you the most? What do you know—whether consciously or subconsciously—to be the purpose that best correlates with your passions, skills, and talents?
What will make you happiest?
Where do your personal and professional happiness overlap?
Don’t to rush this process. It’s not easy to understand or recognize your purpose. Some people take years to find their dream job and happiness. The reason for this? They never sit down and honestly reflect about what they want out of life. They never analyze what they are good at versus what they are passionate about. They let external voices tell them their purpose without a true self-examination.
When you uncover your purpose, you can better discover your motivation.
What is motivation? Motivation is your reason for doing some specific act, whether it’s waking up at 5am to workout or taking a job as an accountant. Motivation answers the question: why are you making that decision?
When you understand your purpose, you can better figure out if your motivations for doing a specific profession are aligned with what you truly want out of life.
Are your purpose and motivations aligned when choosing a career path?
This holds true for all careers. Let’s look at lawyers as an example. You have chosen to become a lawyer — but do you reflect upon your purpose for doing so?
The first step is to determine your purpose. What do you want out of life? When thinking of your purpose, try to neglect thinking about the law at all. Maybe you want security, family, work-life balance, happiness, freedom, competitiveness, autonomy, the list goes on and on. Think about what you want out of life in order determine your personal and professional purpose.
Now think about your motivation for becoming a lawyer:
Are you a good lawyer?
What do you love about the law?
What do you bring to the table as a lawyer?
What do you want to get out of being a lawyer?
How does being a lawyer correlate to your purpose?
When thinking through these questions, try to separate your internal motivations from external ones. Unless you feel your true purpose is financial security, “making money” shouldn’t be your answer to the above questions.
Support your personal and professional purpose in our BusinessLife coaching program. We work one-on-one with partners and executives to take them through an honest, thorough examination. This process pushes past the external stimuli and focuses on the individual’s true motivation and passion.
Using the BusinessLife method to address your own purpose and motivation:
Do you have the guidelines that support a thorough evaluation? Do you have the resources to formulate the career that you want?
After addressing your purpose and motivation through the BusinessLife self-examination method, it’s time to act. It’s not enough just to realize it—you want to live it.
How can you discover a vocation that enables your passion? How can you support your career?
Take control of your work life. Clarify your career goals by conducting self-exploration.
Identify and acquire appropriate, strategic tools and resources to help you navigate difficult issues and dilemmas while unlocking your potential. Find a support system that will help you explore professional alternatives.
It’s okay to transition and pivot to a new occupation, profession, or career path. The change can be small or large. You may be new to the workforce or a veteran in your career. No matter your professional situation, it’s never too late or too early to pursue your life’s purpose.
Choose to make this transition into a more satisfying and secure life. Choose to conduct a self-evaluation, where you are able to think about your career objectives and take better control of your work lives.
BusinessLife coaching gives clients the tools to discover their true motivation, purpose, and vocation. In doing so, clients are able to engage their passions, priorities and talents, and with that, identify and achieve goals that can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying professional life.
BusinessLife coaching also helps you explore possible alternatives that may better help you achieve your goals. As we saw in the BusinessLife Case Study: Month 2 of Palm Beach Content Co, Vanessa felt she needed to pivot her business. Peter gave her a practical approach to determine if her business suited her passions, motivations, and purpose.
If you have completed a self-evaluation and found that your purposes and motivations are not aligned with your current career path, it’s okay to pivot. You may find that a new job, profession, company, or industry is right for you.
Enabling your purpose and motivation likely means making a radical change in your life. But it could also mean achieving a better and more purposeful work-life balance. With the right tools and support, this change could mean answering your calling, not just working a job.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you may already be considering a change. Maybe you have thought about going into business for yourself but are worried that you will fail. Maybe you have had a dream or a passion that you’re nervous won’t—or can’t—come to fruition. Maybe you don’t know what your passion is, so you don’t want to leave where you are now.
Those are valid fears. Taking the next step towards fulfilling your purpose can be frightening. Change is not easy.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose to work towards change.
If you are thinking about making a career change, you must explore your ability within the new position. There are various things to consider.
Conduct a strategic job search. What positions are available? What opportunities align with your personal purpose and motivations?
If you’re looking to start your own business, explore your ability to be successful. Are you innovative, driven, determined? Do you want to have control over your own professional and personal life? Do you want to develop a better life balance by doing what you love in the way you love it?
Think about the challenges of starting a business. What obstacles will you face and how will you overcome them?
How can your business better support your purpose and motivations?
Considering your transition with these questions will allow you to develop a proactive career strategy. This can help you determine how you are able to work for yourself in a way that reflects your passions, skills, and practical needs.
Oftentimes, an entrepreneur’s purpose and motivations seem fall to the wayside at the start of a business. They seem overcome by their company.
For example, if a work-life balance was at the top of their needs in a job, suddenly they find themselves working even more hours than they did before. Or if financial security for their family was at the top, they become stressed when money doesn’t start flowing the first week.
Before you jump into a startup, lay out your core purpose and how your business will strategically align with this purpose. Establish a culture foundation by uncovering your personal and organizational mission, vision, and values.
When starting a business, Peter Marcus takes his clients through the BusinessLife approach. This will:
Leaving your job isn’t easy. You likely have friends and mentors there, you’ve spent months or years of your life there, and you’ve had successes and failures there. But when one door closes, another door opens. And more importantly, when you close one door, you have the strength and opportunity to open another.
Leave your position with value and dignity. Give appropriate notice, talk one-on-one with bosses and mentors, and create an appropriate exit plan. Most importantly, appreciate the time you’ve had there—whether positive or negative.
Rather than think about years wasted on a job you didn’t like, choose to think of each position as a learning opportunity. Think about this job and former jobs in order to develop your own business culture.
What did you learn from your previous jobs?
What did that teach you about what you want out of a career?
What is and isn’t working for you?
How can you do things differently?
What will be your principles towards creating and supporting a healthy and dynamic organization?
It’s stressful leaving your job. But it can be less stressful if you have a set business plan for your startup that is ready to be implemented the day after you leave your current position. Choose to work with us from the first moment you know you want to start your own business and follow your passions.
It’s time to create a plan when you know you want to go down a new path. You want to develop a culture that supports your purpose. You want to feel secure knowing that you will be able to work towards your passions while also meeting your motivations.
When going into business: you do not need to go in blind, and you may choose not to go in alone.
In the following weeks, we will be talking about developing and enabling a positive organizational culture and the crucial 3 satisfactions that facilitate this dynamic.
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