Lately, I’ve been digging deeper into the work that I was put on this planet to do, what purpose God has for me and how I can carry that out on a daily basis. It’s easy to recognize particular gifts we’ve been given – maybe you’re an amazing singer or have the personality and charisma to pose a family during a photo shoot. Maybe you’re an awesome illustrator or a shoulder for the people in your life to cry on.
We are all innately good at something, it can be so difficult to know how to use those gifts for the greater good though. Were you meant to be a photographer your whole life? Will you still want to be a wedding planner when you’re in your 50s?
This is something I’ve struggled with for quite some time. It’s why I quit wedding planning (among other reasons), and it’s why I wonder if I will really want to be a designer until the day I decide to quit working. I just can’t see myself wanting to compete with the new, young designers who are on top of all of the trends and technology. It sounds exhausting.
There is hope though, I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing but I know what theme that new profession will follow – the ones I outlined when I dug in and found my WHY.
That’s why knowing and understanding your why is so important.
When it’s time to choose a new path in life, you can consider your why statement and your purpose, along with the important things that need to be in place for you to operate at your absolute best. Things like creativity, optimism, validation and community.
Because, you see, your why is not a statement about your occupation. It’s an overarching theme for your entire life, so no matter what you do, your why will apply. And if a new path isn’t resonating with you, it’s likely because it doesn’t line up with those certain things that need to be in place for you to be happy and fulfilled.
For me, my why is To build others up so they can confidently SHINE.
HOW I carry that why out:
- With optimism and faith – I always try to look for the good
- By trusting my instincts – even when it breaks the rules
- Through validation – by giving credit where credit is due, curating my time and energy to people and things who will appreciate it.
- Through community and safety – to foster a sense of community and invest in relationships I value.
In my current profession, I definitely try to build others up in their businesses so they can shine. And most of those ‘hows’ are in place as well – I’ve definitely learned and grown over the past few years and will continue to. But do you see how there are other life paths where I could achieve the same outcome?
It’s why I loved wedding planning too – I was able to help brides have their best day ever. It’s why I love selling antiques – each piece has a story to tell and I like to bring that story to life. Different paths, same why.
That’s why I think it’s so important for us to dig into our past to find the big themes in our stories and find our why statement. We can use it as a map for what to do next, for how to carry out our purpose and how to glorify God with the gifts he’s given us, in turn helping the world in a way that only we can.
If you’re ready to dig a little deeper and gather some of your own stories, download my free workbook here.
Take comfort in your future, even if you don’t know what you’ll do in your next stage. Finding your why will help you.
I want to know – do you feel like you’ll be doing your current profession forever? Leave it in the comments!