The first step on the path to discovering your life’s work involves gaining a deep and honest knowing of yourself.
Getting to know what energizes you, what gives you hope and puts a fire in your belly begins you on the path to discerning your true work. Before you can go too far, you need to become aware of who you are, what you value, where you are, and where you want to go.
While this sounds like a fairly simple task, we often live unconsciously, unaware of the beliefs and values that drive us, the opportunities that envelope us and the effect our behaviors have on others. We become bogged down and derailed by our emotions in a state of not uncertainty and not knowing.
So, what makes you tick? What do you value most...least? What repels you...what calls you forth? What are your strengths and weaknesses, dreams and priorities. This is exciting and challenging work. Once you become aware of how you think, what you believe in and why you act the ways that you do, you begin to accept yourself--your strengths and limitations. You can then seek forms of self-expression that feel like they suit you. You begin acting like yourself (now that you know who that is) and not like everyone else or someone you think others want you to be. In this place and state, you find what makes your heart sing.
Start by asking yourself:
- What in my life brings me the most joy and fulfillment?
- What in my life brings me the most anxiety and frustration?
- What do I most value in life? In work?
- How do I feel at work? How do I long to feel at work?
- When do I feel most fully and gladly engaged?
- What one failure from my past haunts me the most?