Do you have a job but not a purpose?
Finding your purpose involves figuring out what you absolutely love doing, versus what you're really good at doing, and doing more of it.
For most of my career, the answer to this for me was ‘Yes’, and it was one of the primary drivers for why I left corporate. I wasn’t yet sure what my purpose actually was, but I knew I needed to find it.
If you’ve read The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, then you know that finding your purpose involves figuring out what you’re really good at doing, versus what you absolutely LOVE doing, your Zone of Genius. If you haven’t read it, it’s that thing that you would do even if you didn’t get paid to do it. So many of us spend our careers doing what we’re good at (and I spent WAY too many years doing that as well), but finding your purpose means actually discovering your Zone of Genius and finding a way to do that thing AND get paid for it.
That may seem like a crazy notion to many of us, but it’s not as crazy as you may think! It doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job today and write that novel you’ve always had inside you. But it COULD mean taking the time to start that novel, whether it’s writing for an hour every morning before you go to work, or for an hour at night after the kids go to bed. Or it could mean looking for more ways to do creative writing in the job you have now or for the same company.
The point is to look inside yourself and discover your Zone of Genius, then to go do it. You will not believe how many ways you’ll find to use those talents and how much joy you will feel every time you do. As you start acting more regularly in your Genius, and you can do this without making massive changes to your life, you begin making those important first steps to discovering your purpose.