Over the past week, I’ve been hearing many of your stories around career transitions and the challenges that come with figuring out your next steps.
With all the options that we have available today, it’s overwhelming to figure out which career path is ideal for you.
Add to that any confusion you have around your passions and strengths, and the whole transition process feels paralyzing.
How many times have you told yourself, “I don’t know what my passion is,” or “I want to find something I’m passionate about”?
I held on to these statements for years thinking they were the answers to my problems.
I was wrong.
Identifying your passion does not mean identifying the right career fit.
Passion is fleeting.
You could be really passionate about something today (e.g. health or food or entertainment) but you may not be emotionally connected to it tomorrow.
In fact you may even have that fear of “What if I don’t love what I’m doing one year from now?”
If any of this sounds like you, you need to ask different questions.
Rather than look for a passion, you should be looking for a mission – something that anchors you to your work for the long term and connects you in a deep way.
At Work Bigger, there’s a specific formula that we use to help you to identify your mission and the right career.
It goes something like this: Passion + Strengths + Values = MISSION.
Let’s talk about why each one is important.
What do you care about and WHY?
Passion IS important but it’s only one aspect of your mission.
And even after you identify what you’re passionate about, you need to dig deep to understand where your passions comes from. Is it a meaningful experience you had as a child or a pain point that you’ve experienced as an adult?
Understanding the nitty gritty matters.
The why behind the passion is significantly more important because when things get tough, that’s what keeps you going.
What are your strengths?
After you get clear on what you want (because what you want > what you’re good at), the next step is to identify your strengths.
There’s a number of ways to do this:
First, tap into your own confidence and intuition. Chances are you already know what you’re good at.
Second, keep an ear out for what others are saying (with caution).
We put together a second workbook to help you identify your skill set. Download it here.
What do you stand for?
Unless you’re clear on what you stand for, it will be very difficult to find work that’s meaningful.
Your values should govern every aspect of your life from how you spend your money to the work that you do (and trust me it makes life and decision-making so much easier).
It’s once you have this blueprint that you can narrow down your job search to the companies that you connect with the most.
And when you’re at that interview your conversation is elevated.
You’re no longer talking about the bullet points on your resume; instead, you’re talking about the vision and mission of what you and that employer can accomplish together.
If you’re starting a business, your values will help shape the mission of your company. It’s the foundation you need to feel connected to your work.