Find your career purpose – part 1

“Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”  

Mark Zuckerburg


Most of us will hit a point in our lives where we stop and re-evaluate our purpose.

A significant event might trigger us to consider how happy we feel, not only in our careers, but in all important areas of our lives.  This might include our relationships and friendships, our home life and finances, and our health.

Our careers form such a major part of our lives and if we’re working 40 hours a week (or more!) our lives can often become more narrow and restricted.  If you love the job you’re in, this can be a fantastic thing and you’ll continue to grow and thrive.

But what if your job makes you miserable?

What if you’ve lost every ounce of joy from a career that’s all-consuming and you just can’t see an easy way out?

So if your daily work is completely at odds with the things you really value in life, that’s the time to start questioning your career purpose.  There’s no reason to delay any more because this is the only way you’re ever going to achieve true happiness.

Loads of my coaching clients are looking to re-route their career pathways.  They’ve decided that they deserve something much more fulfilling.  But changing career purpose is never an easy journey and clients will often start from a point of great uncertainty; feeling beaten down, frustrated, confused and lacking any real confidence to make a change.

The great news is that this is completely normal.  In fact, these feelings form the necessary trigger point to creating the drive or ‘will’ to change.

People often fall at the first hurdle because the hardest part about finding your career purpose is taking that initial step.  Fear can set in and overwhelm you to a state of inaction.

There’s a need for you to do things a bit differently and this can feel really uncomfortable and unnatural.  It goes against the grain.  Added to that are the little voices going around your head, persuading you that it’s far more sensible to stay right where you are; within your comfort zone.

How many of these phrases sound familiar?

Things will go wrong!

I’ll lose face.

I’m wasting my time.

What if I fail?

I’ll disappoint people.

People will judge me.

It’s too hard!  It’s too risky!

All of the above are assumptions.  So just for clarity – here’s a definition:

‘Assumption: something that you accept as true, although you have no proof ‘

No proof!  At this stage, you have absolutely no evidence to suggest that changing career direction and doing things a bit differently is a bad idea.

Do not let your assumptions rule you!

Before you go any further in finding your career purpose, challenge all of your assumptions and do everything you can to prove them wrong!

What will you start with today?


Next week, I’ll offer some thoughts on how you can find your career purpose by remembering just how much you have to offer.

Tammy Windsor

Tammy is a professional coach, trained at post-graduate level and also holds Ph.D in Pharmacology. She spent 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry leading global clinical teams as well as supporting strategic and culture change across these organisations.

Tammy founded InnovaCoaching after seeing the significant and positive impact of change on individuals and organisations which coaching and mentoring provides,.

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