It seems that many people are caught in a life that seems to have little purpose or direction. These people want a change, a change of career in most cases so that they can do something that aligns with who they are. People are tired of doing work that isn’t motivating or engaging or fulfilling and they want to stop living a life that doesn’t have a purpose.
Here’s what some people say, “I need to find some direction on where I should take my career.”
” I have been trying to figure out what I “want to do” with my life. I have tried a few different avenues, but have yet to find something that I truly enjoy and love doing.”
The story of finding something that says “want to” rather than “have to” suggests that many people are seeking a life of meaning versus a life of just doing work to make a living. People seek coaches to help them find that purpose and then to find the career that works best for they are.
Years ago Rick Warren wrote a book called the “Purpose Driven Life” and addressed the issues of purpose. What is it that you are the best at so that you can contribute to humanity your best?
The idea is of course finding a real purpose using your strengths every day and for many people using their strengths towards a purpose is a goal rather than a daily event. How are you using your strengths daily?
What would it mean to live a great life? What would you do to live out your passion?
Larry Smith (an economist) explains why you won’t pursue your greatest self.
People look for life/career coaches to help them unpack their dreams, to pursuit their greatest strengths, and to start living the life they want to live. It makes a difference and if you are feeling like you are stuck in the wrong career you may want to consider using a coach.
What are you tired of?
Where are you stuck?
How energetically do you approach your vocation each day?
What barriers stop you from the success you deserve?
What would free you to be the person you were meant to be?
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do your best all of the time. Forget the failures and create new successes. Remember the lessons and seek greater significance.
What successes have you had lately?
Who is coaching for?
It is for people who want to become better at who they are on an accelerated track. It is not unusual for people who have a coach to have a quantum leap in personal happiness. This happiness may be driven by achieving more significance in their lives whether it is at home, at work or in the community.
In general most well adjusted people will benefit from having a coach. There are some though that a coach should not apply their method of Socratic inquiry. There are some who would benefit from therapy. Sometimes the trials of life create disappointment and perhaps even period of depression which is beyond the skills, training and expertise of a coach. There are times when a coach should recommend that a client seek out professional treatment.
For many people the results of their experiences will be in many respects mostly positive. Life will be good, not great but good. For a few very motivated people they might even rise to the level that someone who is coached would attain but that would be a rare occurrence.
Often we don’t know what would generate a quantum leap in personal performance. We might be missing the questions, the discipline or the accountability to go it alone and to find what truly makes us happy.
Looking at the chart we can see time moving along the horizontal axis and as we reach the zenith of our careers, family or community life we should be at some elevation that is higher than it was when we first embarked on our journeys. As our story unfolds we should see things steadily improve as we gain in wisdom in knowledge.
There are some factors that interrupt our journeys and those could be illness, job loss, family crisis or other significant life events that cause our path to deviate from its planned destination. There are those who can help people navigate the crisis which helps people with significant interruptions in their journey to reengage with life.
If there is a desire to fully experience life then think about getting a coach to help you realize your goals.
Karen Lamb said, “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
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Seasons of the year tend to be what most people think about when they think of, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, and those are the seasons. We also have seasons in our life, discovery, accomplishment, significance, and sharing. We can have seasons in a single day, awakening, work, relaxation and sleep.
We are now in the autumn season with respect to how the earth precesses around sun. In life autumn is the season where many reflect on years of work, perhaps in a career only to realize that all that work wasn’t so meaningful. Maybe there is a feeling of restlessness which fuels a desire to do something meaningful during the next few years. Is there a gap in your life where you may be feeling like all life has been is work and without significance? What would make your life significant?
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“Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.”
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What if we substituted “ambition” with “significance”, would that become a true and viable statement?
Is ambition the right thing to never be satisfied about? Certainly ambition is tied to achievement and measurable results. Without ambition what would ever get done? Is ambition such a powerful passion that it is unquenched in the soul of man?
Is significance more important than ambition? It is doing what matters rather than what doesn’t matter from a big picture perspective. What are your thoughts?
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.