Surveys have shown that, when it comes to jobs and careers, people want more than just a paycheck. This is especially true for Millennials. They want their job to matter, to be meaningful and to make a difference.They want not just pay, but purpose.
But forging a career with purpose involves more than just the job you have. It is also about your perspective and attitude toward work and life. Here are some approaches toward career and life that help to infuse them with purpose and happiness, according to one business expert.
1. Look ahead to the next decade, not just the next week.
To achieve a sense of purpose, you need to take a broader, more inclusive perspective. Think in terms of what you want to achieve over the next ten years. Think about the improvements and changes you can make over that period of time, where your knowledge, skills and experience will be compared to where you are now.
2. Focus on who you will become as a person, rather than what you will accumulate.
A sense of purpose comes from who we are, our character, rather than from the things we have. Remember the ancient Greek aphorism, “Character is destiny.” Our character in large part determines what we will accomplish and gain from our job and our life.
Work on developing your character and positive attributes – self-discipline, perseverance, lifelong learning, gratitude, generosity – and you will help to give your life purpose.
3. Think about the means and not just the ends.
We all need to have goals. But we need to remember that success is about the journey as well as the destination. We need to set goals that connect to the journey as well as the end result. For example, we may have a goal of learning a new skill. So we should set a goal of reading one book a week to help gain the knowledge for that skill – focusing on the means as well as the end.
4. Remove the distractions
To be successful, we all believe we need tremendous willpower. But willpower is overrated. It is more important to change your environment. For example, if you want to eat fewer sweets, remove all the cake and ice cream from the refrigerator. If you want to spend less time on Facebook, get rid of the app.
5. Bury your excuses.
Whenever you decide to do something, your mind will come up with excuses not to do it. Don’t listen to them. Ignore them. Don’t even give them a hearing or consider them.
6. Focus on the small things, and the big things will fall into place.
The writer Annie Dillard has a great quote, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” In other words, focus on the here and now, what you are doing from minute to minute, and the rest will take care of itself.
If you are looking to add purpose to your life with a new job, Winston Resources can help. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to put you into a job that fits your goals and interests. Give us a call today.