Why is figuring out what we want to do with our lives so painfully difficult? Seriously!
It’s like we’ve all been given this massive amount of energy that we’re aching to use in a productive and enjoyable way. Yet, discovering what to use it on eludes us. And the longer it takes to discover what we really want to do, the more uncomfortable we feel. That restless energy builds, and you long to be utilized for a worthy purpose.
Now, I get questions like this all the time:
“I honestly do not know what my dream job is. I know my skills and my passions but I do not know what job or jobs they relate to. I am looking for some guidance and direction. I will not stop searching or preparing for the great change. Thank you!”
– Joshua U.
You can tell that Joshua has the confidence and ability to achieve anything he wants – yet the hard part for him, and most of us, is figuring out what. And if you’re in a similar position, then this article’s going to help you focus that energy.
I’ll pose three powerful questions that will help you figure out what you’re meant to be doing. I’ll also offer a bonus question – for the ambitious folks out there – that’ll help you accelerate your progress and get to your destination as quickly as possible.
So, without further ado, here are your three game-changing questions…
1. What Are Your ‘Super Human’ Strengths?
According to a Fortune Magazine study, people who are using their strengths and like what they’re doing are 127% more productive than the average employee!
It makes sense. When you’re doing what you’re naturally good at, you’re more likely to be in flow… that magical state when you’re in the zone and feel like you can achieve anything.
So, how do you figure out your deepest strengths and weaknesses?
The best place to start is by taking the Kolbe test. It’s widely used by major organizations ranging from NASA to Microsoft, and will give you a huge amount of insight into what makes you tick. From there, it’s up to you to apply it.
2. What Are Your Core Values?
Do you value freedom, adventure, and risk taking? You might not want to get a desk job. Or what if you value family, relationships, and security? Perhaps you’ll find your best fit working from home, or at an office nearby with flexible work hours.
Figuring out what’s most important to you helps narrow down the field of possible career choices – Not only in terms of lifestyle, but also in terms of what kind of company and people you want to work with.
Strong values of corporate responsibility and environmental consciousness will mean that a certain group of organizations won’t appeal to you – while others, like those on the GameChangers 500 list (a growing list of purpose-driven orgs) – will.
So, do some deep reflection, and list out everything that’s important to you. Narrow that list down to 10 items. Then, try to get it down to your top 3-5, and make sure that any opportunity you accept fits with those values. This is an incredibly powerful exercise for me each time I do it, and I think it will be for you as well.
3. What Inspires You Like Nothing Else?
Doing something that inspires you is at the core of reaching high states of happiness, and the most inspiring thing you can do is to contribute to something you feel has a higher purpose… Something bigger than yourself.
Like Batman, except without all the violence… hopefully. Yet, similar to Batman, one excellent way of figuring out what inspires you is to think about what makes you really, really angry in the world.
What can’t you stand?
Bruce Wayne, or Batman, couldn’t stand the fact that criminals were taking over his city… so he took a stand against crime, and in doing so inspired others as well.
So, what bugs you the most in the world? And who’s doing the best job of solving that problem?
When you tap into your strengths, figure out your core values, and contribute those to a purpose that inspires you… then you’ve found your dream job.
Your Bonus Accelerator Question
Once you answer these three questions, there’s a way to speed up your progress even more and get your dream job as quickly as possible…
And that’s by finding a mentor. More specifically, by following in the footsteps of people who have already done what you’re wanting to do.
When I started my career, I was guided to get my dream job by the wisdom of a man named Andrew Hewitt. He’s the guy who founded the GameChangers 500 list of purpose-driven organizations I mentioned earlier. His teachings helped me get into a field I’d been struggling to get into for years.
So, find a book, a mentor, a course, or a conference, and get some help along the way. There are plenty of people who’ve come before you, and there will be plenty more after you.
For more information, you can check out the free video I put together with my mentor, Andrew Hewitt, sharing his best tips for getting your dream job with a purpose-driven company like those on his GameChangers 500 list.
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