How often do you find yourself saying things like:
“I can’t wait until the weekend.”
“My vacation is still weeks away.”
“Next year I will …”
“Once the kids are older…”
Too frequently we are wishing life away, hoping for a better tomorrow, postponing finding joy in today.
While work is called labor, it does not have to feel like it. You can find joy in what you do. That’s where you find yourself fulfilling one of your missions in life. That’s where you can have the greatest impact on those around you and on the world.
When I started my career journey as a high school science teacher, I recall thinking, “I get paid to do this every day. This is amazing!” After moving school districts though I ran into some really difficult waters to navigate at that time, and I left the teaching profession. I found other work, but it was not the same. I said to my husband, “I want to be fulfilled in my work. I want to feel like I am making a difference.” I had experienced it once so I knew it was possible. I just had to find it again.
I spent a lot of time researching options. I thought if I could find that career title (accountant, lawyer, etc) I would find happiness again in my work. But it wasn’t that easy. None of the titles I researched seemed right. I was too busy searching for something and hoping that tomorrow would be better instead of recognizing what I had today that could turn things around.
After several years, I stumbled across health coaching and found that I enjoyed it and had a natural instinct for it. From there, my coaching skills and experiences grew in the areas of leadership coaching, development coaching, and career coaching. As I looked retrospectively, I recognized that some of the skills or gifts I had used when teaching transferred to coaching. I could see the common threads that pulled through my journey. How I wish I had seen those commonalities earlier! Those commonalities were my God-given gifts, and using those gifts was what brought me fulfillment.
Don’t wait for happiness to find you when it comes to your career. You might find yourself waiting and wishing away your life. Instead, focus on your gifts, find ways to use those gifts, and live out your mission in life!
Lesley provides individualized coaching to professionals who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers. She helps professionals uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world. Access Lesley’s free self-assessment to determine how well you recognize and use your God-given gifts!