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7 Steps to Find Meaning in Your Work

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/232638

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7 Steps to Find Meaning in Your Work
4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. At a certain point, we become what we do. We want our jobs and lives to fit us as well as custom-tailored clothing. It seems more and more the secret to great success and happiness is finding purpose and working with meaning.

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Identify issues

Determine where you are in your career. 

Identify how you got there and why you might lack fulfillment in your professional life.

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Establish the core values

These are the non-negotiable values you want to be known and remembered for.

Once you have identified your values, look at your personality, skills and interests to make sure that they align with your current occupation.

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Ask the big questions

These are questions like “What do I really want?” or “Should I change careers?

The more grounded you are with the answers to these important questions, the better able you are to reach your true goals.

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It is a journey

Once you start down the path of finding meaning in your work, the more open you are to the journey, the more opportunities you will see around you.

Be open to the journey itself, rather than obsessing about the destination. Finding purpose can be full of many detours as well as success stories.

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Find a noble purpose

Develop a plan to bring your core values into every day life.

It gives you meaning and reasons to do the jobs you do.

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Formulate an “end game”

Examine what you want your career to mean when it draws to a close.

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Locate resources

It is always important to trust the right people and have your own idea of a goal.

The best employees are those who perceive their jobs as a calling. They are motivated and driven to continue growing.

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  • Know your "noble cause." Jobs understood that if teams don’t find their work meaningful, they perceive challenging directives from a leader as arbitrary demands rather than a call to sacrifice for a higher purpose.
  • Tell your story early and often. If you can’t weave your ideas into a clear, compelling story, those ideas remain abstract words likely to be forgotten.
  • Push, but within boundaries. Make sure you have a clear end point and time line in mind before you go into "push" mode. Intense work with no clear end in sight is demoralizing.

Find What Gives Your Work Meaning

Is it a connection to a certain cause? Is it engaging one of your skills or personal passions? Is it serving a specific population? Everyone has their own causes, the things that give their ...

Cultivate Self Awareness

Ask yourself concrete questions to reveal your truth:

What are you working for? What impact do you want to create in your job? What skills do you want to develop and leverage?

Write a Career Mantra

Keep it short and simple—just focus on what gets you out the door every day. 

Your mantra should encompass who you are, where you want to go, and the impact you want to make during your 9-to-5. 

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  • Do what you love. Passion is everything.
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