Be the Round Peg in the Round Hole, Find Clarity and Purpose in your Career

We spend a third of our waking hours at work, so it makes sense that we are doing something that makes us happy and fulfilled as well as being financially rewarding. But how many of us can say our jobs fit us like the finest couture dress or bespoke suit?

Unfortunately many people go through their careers being sure of what they don’t want but unsure of what they do want. And those who dare to dream about their ideal job or career can find themselves stuck on the “someday I’ll…” treadmill unable to fit the missing pieces into the jigsaw of their lives, that will create the balance and fulfilment they crave.

Have you dedicated years to study and qualify to fulfil an early career goal, only to find when you get there that you are the square peg in the round hole? There’s something missing, but you don’t know what?

Have you climbed up the corporate ladder to find you have lost sight of your vision and values along the way and lack the enthusiasm or commitment to go any further without a hefty injection of personal fulfilment and meaning?

There are many reasons why people do not love Monday mornings and find themselves uninspired by their career, regardless of the financial rewards or status they are receiving.

A few simple but powerful steps can kick start your journey to career fulfilment – being that round peg in the round hole.

Step one: Find the missing link

Write your responses on a piece of paper to the following questions and start the journey to unlock your path to career fulfilment

Ask yourself….

Whose expectations, dreams am I currently fulfilling in my career?

What is my current role giving me?

What is missing?

What is important to me about this?

What do I really enjoy doing?

What does this give me?

What is important to me about this?

What do I really want?

What is stopping me?

What insights have I learned from my responses?

If you completed the exercise above honestly, you’ll already be armed with some key insights into what elements your ‘designer career’ should have and why this is important to you. You may even have been brave enough to release your secret ambition by putting it on paper for the first time!

Step two: Work out your DESIRE

The key to achieving your ‘designer’ career begins with working out your DESIRE. Around 90% of your reasons for embarking on a specific goal is DESIRE….. How big is your WHY? If the why is big enough, it provides desire and motivation to move forward to success and fulfilment. It’s the ticket to step off the “someday I’ll…..” treadmill.

Ask yourself WHY do I want do/have/be this specific thing? Write your answers on a piece of paper.

What insights have you gained from this?

What will you do with this new wisdom?

Remember, “It’s not in the stars to hold our destinies but in ourselves” Shakespeare

Professional coach, Suzanne Simmons-Lewis helps her clients clarify and achieve their true purpose and ambitions in their careers and businesses, drawing out their unique talents. She inspires, supports and challenges clients in their journey to making their long-held dreams an exciting reality.

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