There are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why. The first step towards this discovering is self-awareness and the next is accepting self-acceptance. When these two have been considered, then the individual can go into building on them to discover his/her passion and purpose.
Points to Consider
Do what you like
Many people I have met have open up top doing the kind of work they’d not like or even studying a course at the University that they do not like. Well, it can happen to anybody. At times, we feel we are left with no other option but that particular work or stuff we are doing.
It is a risk making a change from what you have been doing to what you really want to do. This is because you might fail in the new venture. You might not make much profit or have more connections as you expected. However, it is even riskier staying where you are. You might still fail or even be fired. You might be frustrated after long years of service or you might never reach your potential there. Which of these risks is better for you? Choose wisely.
Do what you can do
There is a big difference between having a dream that propels you to achieve a feat and pulling an idea from a thin air, assuming it to be real. Whatever you what to do should be what you can do, something realistic. You cannot desire to be a world neurosurgeon when you find it difficult to assimilate the simplest of biology term. You must have criteria for knowing if your dream is realizable or not.
Warren Bennis developed three questions you can ask yourself to identify if your dream is realizable.
What you want and what you are good at: You have to know the difference between what you want and what you are good at. To be successful, you have to know the difference. You have to need to be doing what you are good at.
What drives you and what gives you satisfaction: You have to know what drives you and differentiate it with what satisfies you. Some people want the salary that comes from a particular job and not as if they like the job itself. This can create an imbalance along the line. However, when what motivates you falls in line with what satisfies you, then you have a powerful combination.
Your values and priorities and that of your organization: You have to determine if your values and priorities are the same as that of the firm you belong. The more they are aligned, the higher the possibility of achieving the desired success.
In sum, one of the important things anyone should do is to be able to know what talents one possess and where best those talents could be used. Everyone has to spend some time in his life discovering this purpose so as to live out one’s life purpose. As Jim Sundberg admonishes: “Discover your uniqueness; then discipline yourself to develop it”.
Discover why you want to do it
Asking “why” to what you want to do is a very important question for achieving your success. You want to be a successful lawyer, ask yourself “why”. This is because of your motive masters a lot. You have to do things with the right intentions as that gives you the inner strength when things go wrong. Doing something for the right reason keeps you away from ulterior motive and make your activities transparent.
There is a deep satisfaction you get when you do what you want to do with the right intention. Thus, there is a need to take time to reflect on what you want to do. Carl Jung rightly says that “your vision gets clearer only when you look into your heart. He who looks outside, dreams and he who looks inside, awakens.
All these questions relate to what you want to do. You must know yourself so as to grow yourself – that is self-awareness. These steps towards discovering your passion and purpose put you in the right direction for the intentional growth you desire. Remember, growth does not just happen.