WHY? As a Dad of 2 very special (some bias, mostly true) little ones, this is a word I have come to intimately know, sometimes love, sometimes hate. This past week I had the pleasure of attending a seminar with Rob Shallenberger, the founder of Becoming Your Best, talking about being intentional with your 168. This got me thinking about WHY.

Why spend time with the people you spend it with?

Why spend money on what you spend it on?

Why get up in the morning?

I don’t believe that there is anything more important in life then finding your WHY.

“He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW.” Nietzsche

Tony Robbins wrote an article about the differences between Being Pulled to something versus Needing to Push yourself forward. “You are motivated less by what you have to do than you what you WANT to do.”

Do you have to Push yourself to go to work every day? OR Are you being Pulled to work because it’s what makes you fill fulfilled?

Do you have to Push yourself to go to the Gym? OR Are you being Pulled to a healthier lifestyle, more energy, and better?

One statistic states that over 70% of people don’t feel engaged in their current job. Remember what JOB stands for…Just Over Broke. The reason I started Career Design Coaching is to help people that reach out to me trying to figure out what career step is right for them and to help companies retain their people through investing in their future talent strengthens.

Finding your WHY is a journey and won’t happen overnight but below are 3 ways to get started down the road to fulfillment.

1. Meditate

I’ve brought up meditation a few times in my blog posts. Meditation isn’t a quick fix, it’s a habit that will help you see yourself in a brighter light. Dandapani introduced mediation to me almost one year ago and it has changed my life. It helped bring clarity to where my talents are best used and a higher level of meaning to my career.

2. Test

I know….no one likes tests. BUT, tests like Myers Briggs, DISC, and Strength Finders all assist in different ways to help you understand yourself a little better. Once you know yourself better, you can begin the process of learning the skills needed to find your right career choice.

3. Being Intentional

Do you go into your week with a game plan that’s written down? That tells you what people you are intentionally going to interact with that week? That makes you aware of roles you play every day (Husband, Wife, Dad, Mom, Advocate, Faith, Student, etc)? The team at Becoming Your Best has built a planner that can help. Just follow the links. If that doesn’t work for you, email me at john.kepley@careerdesigncoaching.com and I will email you a one pager that can get you started.

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia

Like Jeffrey Gitomer says “All things being equal, people do business with people they like. All things being unequal, people do business with people they like.” That only happens over time.

SaturdayMorning.Careers is a blog to help navigate the career journey. If you need help, visit me at www.careerdesigncoaching.com.