Discover your Strengths and Unique Purpose

It’s time to stake your claim on the next rung of the career ladder, the only trouble is, you’re not sure which building to position that ladder against.

But “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got” (Anthony Robbins).

When looking for the next career move, or in a state of career transition, most people usually look at what they’ve already done to determine their future choices. This is all very good if you are 100% fulfilled in your current line of work, and don’t yearn for the elusive ‘something else’.

But what if you want to do something new and desire more fulfilment and purpose?

And if you are brave enough to ask yourself, ‘what would I really like do in the future?’ This can immediately be erased, by the habit of limiting your options, solely on the experience outlined on your current CV.

But this approach can have serious drawbacks and limit your choices by as much 80%. The well known 80-20 rule (Pareto Principle), applied to human potential says most people, operate on just 20% of their potential. So there’s a whole 80% of potential waiting to be untapped that can lead you to greater career fulfilment.

So how do you uncover that hidden potential, living under the surface that’s invisible to your untrained eye?

Don’t look at what you have done, but who you have been in what you have done. This is the key to positioning your ladder against the right building.

Life coach, Laura Berman-Fortgang, says honouring what is natural and inbuilt in you is the easiest path to gain a true sense of your unique purpose. Shifting your identity from what you do, to who you are provides the key.

Feeling inspired? It’s time for a mental workout.

Step One: Discover your natural abilities

Consider the questions below. Write down your responses and spend some time reflecting on the insights that emerge.

What have employers and colleagues come to rely on you for?

What have people in your life naturally come to you for?

How have people used you? Who have you been for them?

Have people come to you because they needed a listener or needed to solve a problem?

Have people come to you to inspire creative ideas or model successful risk taking?

What have you achieved? What did you enjoy about it? What person were you in this?

Now, armed with these key insights, you are ready to take the next objective step to find out who your colleagues, close friends and family say you’ve been to them.

Step two: Discover your impact

360° Feedback, is not just for executives. You can use this exercise to uncover your strengths and, find your purpose. It’s a great way to discover the impact you have on others! Try this exercise on trusted close friends and colleagues, ask them to respond to the questions below with the first thing that comes to mind.

What is the first thing you think of when you think of me?

What do you think is most interesting about me?

What do you think my greatest accomplishment is?

What do you value most about me?

What do you perceive to be my strengths?

What do you perceive to be my weaknesses?

If I were to be in the front cover of a magazine, what sort of magazine would it be and what would the article be about? or If you could imagine me in any career/role, what would it be? And why?

Analyse your responses. What surprised you most about the answers you received? What common themes emerged?  What will you do with these insights?

Remember: Be honest about what you want instead of settling only for what you think you can have.

When you begin to get a sense of your natural abilities in terms of who you are, instead of what do, you will feel more of a sense of purpose can propel you to turn your work into something you love, step by step. You’ll be climbing your ladder that’s pointing in the right direction !

All new experiences require new challenges, step out of your comfort zone and move beyond what you already know (Suzanne Simmons-Lewis)

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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