Over the past two weeks, we have been talking about Your Dream Job and some core questions you can ask yourself to begin to move toward work that’s more meaningful, satisfying, and that supports you living a life that you love.
Today, we’re going to talk about exploring your dream job through the lens of your priorities and what brings you a sense of meaning and purpose. In many ways, these are the big rocks in the jar that’s your life.
In school, some of us had a science teacher who gave us a pile of differently sized rocks and told us to put them in a jar. We randomly piled them into the jar but ran out of space before we had all of the rocks in. That’s when we learned that if you put the big rocks in first, the smaller rocks will fill in the spaces around the big rocks and they would all fit nicely into that same jar.
This is a little like our lives. We’re all busy with a lot of small and mid-sized rocks. They fill our lives and consume our energy. Yet, we’ll be more powerful and successful in life and work if we consider our big rocks – our life priorities and those things that bring us a sense of meaning and purpose.
This week, we’d encourage you to consider the 3-5 priorities that are most important to you in creating a life you love and feel proud of. If you haven’t ever done our Life Priorities, download it today to help you with this process. It’s a good way to identify your core big rocks.
Once done, take a few minutes to explore what truly brings you a sense of meaning and purpose in life. The following questions can help:
- Do you have a sense of your purpose in life?
- What are you passionate about? What brings you great joy? What really pisses you off?
- What do you find yourself looking at when you walk into a bookstore?
- If you didn’t have to work for money, what would you do with your time?
- If you had a million dollars to give away, where would you give it?
Once you’ve considered your big rocks (priorities, meaning, and purpose), ask yourself, “What do I need from work to maximize getting these?”
This week explore what your dream job looks like and how you can get closer to that vision.
When you put your big rocks in the jar of your life first, you’ll be sure you’re creating a life in which you truly matter.
If you’d like more meaning and purpose in your work, contact us today about Career Coaching.