Should Your Career Be Aligned With Your Purpose?

By Perminus Wainaina

Do you feel stuck in a job that leaves you unfulfilled at the end of the day? Do you feel like your abilities and strengths are not being utilized?

Charles had been working as an accountant for nine years when he started feeling unmotivated. He constantly battled with the question, “What am I doing with my life?” For him, everything stopped moving. Although he got promoted, he felt even more stagnant.

He went to work every day and on most days, he felt like he hadn’t accomplished anything important. “I would sit there and think what is the point of this? I kept doing it because I got a good salary from it which allowed me to support my family, keep me in the comfortable lifestyle I enjoyed as well as furthering my studies with short courses.”

If he chose to stay at work, he knew that he could easily have gotten promoted even further. But he also knew that he could get out and still succeed because he was planning for the future.

“I feel lost in my life. My only stable point is my wife – she is amazing. But work-wise, I feel useless. What changed at the beginning of this year for me is that I decided I was going to try and follow my passion. Perhaps that’s where my purpose lies.”

Like Charles, if you are feeling this way, it could be a sign that you have not found your purpose and are most likely not doing your life’s work.

You are, however, not alone.

I was once in a career that I was struggling to stay put in. In my heart and mind, I wanted to leave. Even my body started turning against me. Ultimately, I realized that I had to take the next step and not let fear hold me back.

Once I learned to move through the fear, I found tremendous advantages of knowing my life’s purpose and aligning that with my life’s work.

This is something you too can do!

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