Career Transitions through Discovering Your Life Purpose
Career transitions are exciting. They place you on the verge of something new and challenging and prompt your mind to think in a whole new way. One of the most important concepts to focus on when you are contemplating a career transition or are feeling very dissatisfied in your work is your life purpose. We all have a central life purpose and if we can fulfill that purpose through our work, we will be more successful, more productive, and happier in all areas of our lives. Marcia Bench, founder of Career Coach Institute and creator of the Authentic Vocation Model states that the deep sense of fulfillment that people seek will not occur unless they find work that unites who they are with what they do. Here are 10 questions that serve as clues designed to help you discover your own life purpose.

  1. What do you love to do, either in your spare time or at work?
  2. What parts of your present job or life activities do you thoroughly enjoy?
  3. What do you naturally do well?
  4. Are there some issues or perceived problems that have occurred over and over again for you?
  5. What do you daydream about doing?
  6. What are your ten greatest successes to date (in your eyes)?
  7. Is there a cause about which you feel passionate?
  8. What are the ten most important lessons you have learned in your life?
  9. Imagine you are writing your epitaph. What things do you want to be remembered for at the end of your life?
  10. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Think about those questions and then think about how they relate to your life at work? Are you in an environment where you can live out your life purpose? Are you surrounded by people who bring out the best in you? What would have to happen for you to live and work more authentically?

For more information on Life Purpose and the Authentic Vocation Model get Career Coaching An Insider's Guide by Marcia Bench.