Knowing who you are can make a big difference in how happy you will be in your work life. Does this sound obvious? Do you find yourself nodding in agreement? Do you know who you are, how you are, why you are, and how does that information fit into the work you have chosen?
Over the years I have done many of the personality and skills tests and am repeatedly given the same feedback – independent, philosophical, educator, creative, service oriented – and I feel the truth of all this feedback to my very core. Why, then, every few months, do I insist on considering work that does not honor who I am and where I see myself going? Honestly? The biggest reason is that I get scared walking my own path, living my purpose and I want to escape to the easier option of a job; sometimes being myself is damn overwhelming.
I was recently fortunate enough to work with an extraordinary coach who cleared away any doubts I may have had about who, how and why I am. I am sure I will still have moments of fear and hesitation but Kathy gave me the final pieces of the me-puzzle and, for that, I will be forever grateful. If any of this post resonates, you may want to consider working with a coach or counselor in order to find clarity and sense of purpose in your work life.
Do you know some of the factors that motivate and inspire you, but feel at sea about how to translate that information into work that satisfies?
Are you are good at your work but it does not fill your bucket or add anything other than $$ to your life?
Does some part of you know there is abundance waiting for you and you want access to it?
As Kathy says “Once you have a better understanding of who and how you really are, then the fun begins: exploring how to combine your gifts and talents with your lifetime of experience to craft a deeply satisfying life. Anytime a person chooses to know and understand themselves better and act constructively based on this new learning, they and the world become a better place.”
Kathy Clayton works as an insightful coach who works with all sorts of people all over the world: check out her website
Some of the tests (all available free online) I have used include:
- Meyers-Briggs: INTJ/INFJ (split right down the middle for T/F Thinking/Feeling)
- Strengths Finder: Intellection, Input, Responsibility, Connectedness, Strategic
- Enneagram: I think I’m a 4 – Creative Individualist
This blog is about living an abundant life and finding work that fulfills you, brings your gifts to the world and honors your essence is an integral part of that abundant life. I wish you all the best on your journey and pray you do work that has meaning for you.