The weather forecast during the summer in North Carolina is typically ninety some degrees and a chance of thunderstorm. However, for the past week and a half, we have consistently received rain almost every day. Between the sunshine and rainfall, my yard is beginning to look like a jungle! Yet, the rain is perfect for my backyard garden.
I don’t know about you, but I start off the summer with the best intentions of watering my vegetable garden. Then, a month in I realize that I have not watered, which explains why most of my plants are not bearing fruit. The extra rain we have received recently has resulted in a burst of growth for my lettuce and my cucumbers. I am excited to begin harvesting soon and making a salad from our backyard!
How intentional are you when it comes to “watering” your career? Are you like me with my garden – have the best intentions but never take the time to actually do it? Or do you focus time and resources to improve your career so you can reap the harvest?
Summer is often a time where the obligations of life feel a little lessened – the kids are on summer (or track out) break, many sporting events and extracurricular activities are paused, cooking even gets a little easier thanks to grilling out. I encourage you to take some time this summer and reflect on your career. Here are four questions to consider:
- “What’s my current level of satisfaction with my work?”
- “What impact am I having on my family and community through the efforts of my work?”
- “How fulfilled am I with my career?”
- “How am I living out my mission at this point in my career?”
Set aside 20-30 minutes to jot down your answers to these questions. Your answers will provide great insight into how bountiful your career garden is right now or point to some areas that could use a little extra attention.
If you were hesitant with your answers to the questions above, you may want to gain clarity on your God-given gifts, those natural strengths that are lying within you. Once you have clear recognition of those gifts, you can align them with your work and truly live out your purpose, creating a greater impact on the world around you. Access Lesley’s Visual Mapping Exercises here and begin living your mission today!