The Soul of Business

Finding Purpose in Your Current Job

You drive home from work asking yourself a question. It’s not a strange question. No, in fact, it’s the same question you’ve struggled with before, time and time again.
Staring out your windshield, you’re in your own little world. Seeking an answer to a question that haunts you, “Does my work even matter?”
And if you’re being honest with yourself, if a new opportunity came along that paid roughly the same, you’d have a difficult time denying the position because this feeling of meaningless work keeps coming up time and time again. 

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. 

Finding purpose in your current job is not easy – but friend – it is possible. Every person that has ever had a job, no matter how much money is made in the job itself, has questioned whether or not the job itself brings them meaning.

 

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.” 

You were, however, created in God’s image. He cares far more about you than He does your work. Every job faces times of intense questioning of whether or not it’s worth your time and effort. After all, we give a ton of our lives to our career. Some research even indicates that over 80% of Americans find no passion for their current job. [Business Insider]
And that’s a tragedy. It’s also the truth. 
So now what? What do you do if you find yourself in that 80% who says “This job does nothing for my heart” ? 
Try this: 

Evaluate Your Hardwiring 

 

I’ve been in the business of people for over 25 years. Both as a pastor and as a chaplain. I was a chaplain at a large corporation, which meant that many, many times I had people come to me who were stuck. Sometimes they were in burnout, sometimes they were on the way to burnout, but every time they were stuck over something. 

 

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! 
One of the smartest moves you’ll ever make in finding purpose in your current job is taking a deep dive into your personality profile. 
Have you ever heard of the DISC profile?

 

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

 

When you know who you are, you can be super honest with yourself. 

 

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

 

One of the most toxic moves you can make is to allow yourself to evaluate your worth by the size of the group you lead. In fact, you may not be leading anyone at all. You may be at the bottom of the corporate ladder, but that has no bearing on the impact you have on your corporate culture. 

 

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 

 

If there is one simple truth you can count on, it’s that employers are incredibly thankful for proactive people. Corporate leaders have only so much bandwith by which they can lead outside the walls of the organization.

 

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.

That will get you out of bed, when a paycheck will not.
This article is part two of six in a series titled The Soul Of Business created by Jason Cruise. Jason is the Senior Pastor of ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin Tennessee, located at 537 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN. 

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