To make a significant impact in our professional lives and derive the greatest satisfaction, expert in compassion and researcher, Leah Weiss believes that we need to connect with work’s deeper meaning.
Individuals who view their work as a calling tend to experience greater satisfaction versus those who view it as merely a job. Purpose also enables individuals to excel and progress in their careers by enhancing their ability to make a substantial impact, overcome challenges, and feel motivated. When you wake up in the morning or contemplate the working week on a Sunday night, it is purpose that drives you forward.
If you lack passion for your work, it may be time to rediscover your purpose to understand if your current role aligns with this or whether you could feel more fulfilled elsewhere. Here are some exercises to help you discover or rediscover your purpose and passion at work.
Identify what gives you meaning
Immediate and short-term goals may not be enough to motivate us. So, if we want to understand what we are trying to do (a key part of being able to do it), we must find ways to keep our greater purpose and vision in mind. For some of us, the financial reward gives meaning to our work. For others, it might be in the relationships at work, participating in innovation, or serving people in need. For many, it’s a mix of things.
Discovering your purpose is a personal and introspective journey. Here are some questions you can ask to guide yourself to reflect on your purpose:
1. Ask open-ended questions
- What activities make me lose track of time?
- When do I feel most fulfilled?
- When did I feel a sense of meaning?
2. Reflect on past experiences
- Recall moments when you felt particularly proud or accomplished.
- Consider the challenges you have overcome and how those experiences shaped you.
3. Identify your values
- List your core values. What principles guide your decisions and actions?
- Reflect on times when you compromised your values.
4. Explore your interests
- What topics or activities do you find yourself drawn to?
- How would you spend your days if time and money were no object?