Burnout is real whether you love your job or you don’t. Even the most motivated individuals question their path occasionally, and we believe that’s pretty healthy. It’s important to reconnect with not only your professional but also your personal purpose. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 CEO or a young entry-level employee, it’s a good idea to brush up on how to find meaning and fulfillment in your day-to-day life.
We’re going to take a look at what “finding purpose” really means, explore various paths towards achieving this meaning, and provide you with additional resources for getting the most out of your own life.
Purpose Isn’t A Destination, It’s A Journey.
What do we mean when we say “purpose”? At RevV, we believe nobody is going to invest in your growth more than you. It’s important to actively seek out experiences and opportunities which lead you towards a path of happiness, fulfillment, and success. Purpose isn’t a destination; it’s a journey and an intention. A journey of self-discovery (learning what’s working/sparks joy and what isn’t/doesn’t), as well as leaning on peers with different experiences and views. It means being intentional about understanding “what’s working” and “what’s not” in your day-to-day life.
The Benefits Of A Purpose-Driven Life
Living a life filled with personal meaning can lead to more than a little extra motivation to start your day, although that’s certainly a benefit. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found purpose can actually affect your physical health. Actual benefits of discovering new meaning include protection against heart disease, a lesser likelihood of succumbing to Alzheimer's, and even a higher pain threshold.
Additionally, those who retire later in life tend to live longer and more fulfilled retirement years. Early retirement due to low engagement or fulfillment at work suggests those retirees often died at younger ages than their later-working counterparts. Finding purpose in your work can actually extend your life.
Finding purpose can happen at any point in your path. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just getting your bearings or are a seasoned industry vet; clarifying your purpose and goals can help you find direction early and stick with it. It’s easy to feel stuck, especially after years in the same position or company. Re-defining what brings you fulfillment leads you to make better decisions about the first or next steps in your career.
Where To Start
Abraham Maslow is a psychologist famous for creating a hierarchy of needs each person requires to be satisfied. Through this hierarchy, we see physical needs such as food, water, and warmth, are just as important to the pyramid as mental health and the fulfillment of one’s own potential.
What are some good questions to ask yourself if you’re feeling stuck?
What’s working in my life right now?
What’s not working for me?
Where am I settling for less?
What can I change?
What can be cut out?
If you’re seeking more fulfillment in your own life, a good place to start is to ensure your own needs are being met. Before you take a look at your professional desires, start with the basic essentials, including physical and mental health. Increasing your physical and psychological wellness helps to ensure you come to your professional goals with a clear head.
Make A Plan
When looking to reaffirm your purpose or discover new meaning in your life, it’s important to make a plan. Dr. Kristine Klussman, an expert on living with intention, advises those seeking a more meaningful path to start with three tasks.
Cut out meaningless activities in your life.
Create meaning for those activities which can’t be cut out yet formerly seemed meaningless.
Do more of the activities you do find meaning in.
This focus on time and how you treat it is important in both your personal and professional life. Your job and its title are just part of what makes you, you. Finding meaning in all aspects of your career and trimming the fat where needed can result in more time for personal growth and exploring areas of your work with more meaning.
The RevV Work Life Journey
At RevV, our approach to finding purpose is called the Work Life Journey. It’s our unique way of helping you to create a purpose-driven development plan while identifying skill gaps. We accomplish this through four key components to the RevV Work Life Journey.
Virtual Sessions Led by Certified Coaches
A host of expertly trained, certified coaches lead you through engaging and educational breakout sessions which not only serve as your introduction to the Work Life Journey experience but also guide you through self-reflection and engaging in peer mentoring.
Work Life Map
The Work Life Map is an essential part of the RevV toolkit. It’s important for you to map out not just goals and aspirations but also skill gaps and areas of improvement. Purpose and fulfillment are found through achieving your goals while educating yourself on the tools necessary to do so.
It’s never a bad time for a new perspective, and peer mentoring is a great way to “un-stick” some of your current ways of thinking. Gain guidance from like-minded peers who offer insight on new skills as well as accountability for your own goals.
After identifying and acknowledging your skill gaps through the Work Life Journey Experience, it’s time to explore what RevV has to offer. Access the community and its discussion forums, the highly curated resource library, engaging Learning Paths, and expert Learning Advisors.
The Time To Start Is Now
When it comes to finding meaning and purpose in your life, career, and beyond, it’s never too soon to start. Intentional time management and self-reflection is a great place to start, and RevV is a powerful tool in the next steps. If you’re interested in getting more from your work and your life, RevV is ready to help. Join RevV to accelerate your journey of living a more purpose-driven life today.