Knowing that I was going to embark on a blog series called Do the Work, I purposely wrote a single blog post titled Rest at Work (posted November 30, 2022). I would encourage you to refer to that post over and over because my hope is that this series will a) inspire you to engage with work in various aspects of your life more intentionally, but b) not cause you to become weary.
Today I want to encourage you to Do the Work when it comes to defining your purpose. Most people seem to have difficulty answering the question, “why am I here?” It is a question that is unanswered, only partially answered, and/or requires revisiting over and over with no ultimate satisfaction. This is the reason our vocational work often becomes the focal point for defining our worth and our purpose. Last week, in Part I of this series, I discussed how we should feel free to work because “we were created for work, and it makes up a considerable part of our purpose”. But when we make it the sole focus of our purpose, or allow its demands to overwhelm us, it is misguided and exhausting.
Therefore, it is important that you intentionally invest the time in finally answering the question, “why am I here?” In doing so, you will likely find vocational work in your answer – but it will be in its proper place among your other priorities.
Another way to say priorities is Life Drivers. One of the key services I offer in Healthy Rhythms Life Coaching is to help you build a Life Roadmap. Identifying your Life Drivers is the foundational work of the process. Once you have identified those key areas and have put them in the correct order of priority, you have – almost as if by magic – defined your purpose.
But it’s not that easy. There is real work involved in culling down all the people, activities and things that are competing to get onto that list. And once you’ve settled on the list, we then walk through the steps of defining them, creating vision around them and beginning to establish a rhythm of living in such a way that these drivers receive their due effort.
Someone once said to me something to the effect of, “it seems to me that it is going to be more work to try to establish a balance in my life than what I’m already doing.” Fair enough. But Do the Work. What you will find, of course, is that there are still only 24 hours in a day, so you’re not working MORE. What you are doing is living MORE INTENTIONALLY. More Focused. More Fulfilled. More to your Purpose.
Before you know it – almost as if by magic – you are living the answer to the question, “why am I here?”
It would be my great honor to partner with you in this work. If you don’t already have my personal contact information, feel free to leave a comment on this blog or reach out to me at email@example.com so we can connect.