What if I told you that it is entirely possible that you may be able to stay exactly where you are and find meaning and worth in your job like you never imagined? It’s entirely possible. Sure, you can … and maybe should … change jobs outright. Sometimes, though, it’s not that drastic. Sometimes you may be overlooking some simple that could change the game entirely.
Before you bolt and abandon a body of work at your current job work through these filters to see if you can gain clarity:
Realize God Has Not Created A Job – He Created You.
In all honestly, we all find our identity through our work. We should not do it, but we do. The problem is, God didn’t create the perfect job. You won’t find anything in the Bible that says things like, “Before I formed you in the womb, I drafted the perfect Profit and Loss Statement to match your skill set.” Jesus never said, “Where your job is, there your heart will be also.”
Evaluate Your Hardwiring
More often than not, it’s not that they aren’t in terrible work environment. Nor is it that they have a terrible boss. Often, it’s something else.
I’ve seen that something else often be the fact that most people do know how God made them. As in, they literally don’t know.
Most people I’ve met in life have no real idea as to how God hardwired their personality. Don’t be like most people!
Listen, it literally changed my life and my marriage. DISC even changed how I parent. It changed how I looked at the people around me … including those I work with every day. [I promise I’m receiving no bonus or compensation for talking about DISC] This profile assessment honestly was a tool that gave me a ton of insight into how God shaped me the day He made me.
There are others as well like Enneagram or Meyers Briggs. I’ve taken all of them!
Those assessments actually help you see how you see the world around you. And that world is full of people. Start with doing something like a DISC or an Enneagram. You’ll never regret it.
Why does this matter? It’s the ballgame, friend! If you know how God made you, then you know your biases.
I’ll give you an example: me.
I honestly believe that legacy leaders, that is, leaders that leave legacies, know who they are … and they know who they are not.
Because I have done a tone of personality assessments, I know my defaults. I know my biases. I know how I interpret the world around me.
On the DISC profile, I’m a high “I” – an “Influencer”
Which means I’m an off-the-chart people person. I love vision, dreaming, and I love doing that with a group. It literally charges my battery.
So, when I feel as if my battery is running low in a season of work, I need to get around people: fast. I need to share dreams, and visions, or else I will forget why we do what we do.
When you know who you are, and who you are not, then you can spot it far more easily when you’re getting out of your created lane.
Use Your Hardwiring To Ask Tough Questions About Your Role
People like me, people who are “High I” … the dreamers and the extroverts … we get bored easy. We also hate conflict – of any kind!
So I’ve learned that if my job isn’t going the way I want it to, it could be that I’m avoiding something.
Maybe I’m running from a management challenge. People that are off-the-chart “I” do not enjoy managing; we enjoy leading and dreaming. Anything that remotely smells like operations will cause us to vanish like the wind.
If you’re not experiencing fulfillment in your current role, ask yourself if you’re avoiding something.
Are you running from something?
Are you in a season of work where it’s just not fun, but it’s also not permanent?
Is there a toxic employee that’s killing you and your team and you need to intervene?
Is there an area where you need to grow, personally or professionally, but you’re stalling or avoiding it?
Are you in the right company, but in the wrong position?
Never Measure Your Worth By The Size Of Your Job Title
When it comes to finding purpose in your current job, your job title is not a metric for your influence.
Not long ago I was talking with a rising executive. He is young, super intelligent, and has a great heart for being a servant in this current corporate culture. In talking about his leadership growth he said, “You know, I don’t have much impact really. I oversee a team of 4 people, it’s not that great of a responsibility.”
I told him, “Man, you’re not seeing it the way I see it. That’s four households. That’s four marriages. With kids! That’s four families in which you can help them by helping that employee thrive. Let me ask you this … if something goes wrong with one of your teammates, you think their spouse doesn’t care or isn’t affected?”
Be Willing To Be Creative
In today’s world, many employers are always looking for ways to grow their brand and influence in the community.
Be proactive and approach one of the executives with a creative idea that sparks morale to a new level. Find a cause that you love, and pitch an idea to the leaders of your organization about how you all could rally your employees around a civic cause that can do honest good work that makes a difference in the lives of people. Invent ways to match your DNA with your passions for serving your community – and do it through your job.
If you discover the beauty of living for something larger than yourself, it all changes.
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