I am committed to a life of purpose.
This idea has been on my mind a lot lately. It’s something that matters a lot to me. I want to feel that my work is infused with meaning and purpose, and in order to feel more of what I want, I started a coaching program earlier this year. I looked to coaching because I felt it would help me to further develop my skill of uncovering who my clients really are, to uncover their stories that lie beneath the surface, and to help them integrate who they are into the work they do.
For me this is the most fulfilling work I can possibility do for a number of reasons. For one, I can feel the recognition in my clients voices when they realize that they have been truly seen.
“That is it. That is who I am, and I never thought to talk about myself that way.”
It is who we are that makes us different. There is no one else on the planet like us, so in this overcrowded marketplace, it is more important now than ever to celebrate who we are through the work you do and not hide it.
I hid who I was for years. Working in sales, I tried to do what my father trained me to do. I tried to follow his protocol, but it felt like I was wearing an ill fitted outfit that was too tight in all of the wrong places. I was frustrated, often lost my temper at almost nothing, I resisted the work, and was envious of those who seem to be engaged in play at work.
Integrating who you are into the work you do, is not just fun and games. It takes courage, and I know for sure that this is what I was meant to do both for myself and others. It is the work that makes me want to leap out of bed every morning. It is the work that makes me want to scream from the rooftops, “This is who I am and this is who my client is. Aren’t they amazing!”