Have you ever had that tugging feeling in your heart or mind that prompted you to say, “I feel like I’m supposed to be doing something different” or “There must be more to my life than this?” Well, if you have, you are among many others who wonder the same thing.
As a career readiness coach, I realize that one of the main issues with people planning their careers is that they really don’t know what they want to do or should be doing. Let me share this with you: I am a professional with over 18 years of experience and I struggled with the same thing until almost two years ago. Yes, that’s right. I have been working in a field that I never really liked. I am very good at what I do but it was never really what I was meant to do.
Each one of us has a specific assignment we were designed for and the only way to satisfy that tugging feeling is to find out what that assignment is and pursue it. Many people go to jobs every day and don’t really want to be there–just miserable. Why? Because that’s not where their heart is. Or some people have convinced themselves that “this is as good as it gets” and some allow fear to keep them complacent without taking a risk of stepping out into something new. Does any of this sound familiar to you? If you are feeling like there’s more you should be doing, let me encourage you to seek after it.
Below are five ways to help narrow down what your true assignment in life might be. Take your time, sit in a quiet place and really think about these five statements. If you feel like there is more to life than what you are currently doing, then 9 times out of 10—your right.
1) What you do will naturally draw people to you.
2) It’s not what you do well; it’s what you do best. You are at your best when you are operating in it.
3) It gives you a feeling of fulfillment.
4) It can be used to serve others.
5) It’s something you do effortlessly.
It often takes time for us to learn enough about ourselves and experience enough to identify the specific assignment purposed for our life–but it’s there. We often are told to make goals, strategize and plan our careers but if you don’t know what that career is, how can we plan for it.
I encourage you to take time to really examine your passions and gifts. Pray about your direction and work to discover your true calling in life.
Expecting great things for you!