PURPOSE MATTERS: Connecting Your Profession With Your Purpose
by Dr. K. Shelette Stewart
Dedicated to Maximizing Your Success
I resigned from a six-figure leadership role in corporate America to pursue my purpose and passion six years ago. Today, I am walking in purpose and living my dream as the principal and owner of Stewart Consulting, LLC, a national leadership development and business consulting firm headquartered in North Dallas, Texas. I am also the author of the book, Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plan with God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life
The mission of my firm is to help business leaders connect their business plans with their purpose so that they maximize their personal fulfillment and professional success. The corporate vision is to ultimately help leaders achieve their spiritual goals and individual purpose in cadence with their professional objectives and business imperatives.
We facilitate this by offering the innovative Revelations in Business© program in the forms of Keynote Presentations, Seminars, Workshops, One-on-One Coaching Sessions, Executive Retreats, Off-site Meetings, and General Consulting Services.
I have a spiritual calling to help others maximize their success. And, I look forward to helping you! Now, that you know a little more about me, let’s refocus our attention on YOU.
Are you doing what you love for a living?
We spend too much time at work not to enjoy it
Are you doing what you love for a living? In the Western world, we spend most of our time at work. Our careers consume over half of our lives! So, it’s critical that we love what we do for a living. We spend too much time at work not to enjoy it. We don’t have a professional life and a personal life. We have one life. And, we must make it count. This is not a dress rehearsal. So, this takes us to our first column topic, and one of the key ways to get the most out of life, which is: Begin to look at your profession as an integral part of your purpose.
Connect Your Profession with your Purpose
You and I as individuals were created by God for His divine purpose and plan. So, here’s the key to maximizing your personal fulfillment and professional success: Begin to connect your profession with your purpose as an individual. Begin to look at your career as a part of your spiritual calling and your business as a part of your ministry – – all to be leveraged for a greater good!
Business schools and corporate America tell us to look outside ourselves to the needs of the marketplace and find a market niche, or consumer need, and subsequently design a career or start a business to meet the need. This is NOT the approach for maximizing your personal fulfillment and professional success. Here’s the approach that will position you to excel personally and professionally:
Look internally, to the God within you, to understand your unique purpose as an individual and pray for wisdom and guidance in connecting your profession with your purpose.
Now, you might be saying: Well, Shelette, that all sounds good, but I’m not even sure of what my purpose is! Good point. Read on for ways to uncover your God-given purpose.
Ways to Find Your Purpose
One way to uncover your purpose is by examining your unique gifts, inimitable talents, innate strengths, and abilities, as well as your interests, hobbies, and professional passions.
Following are six (6) questions to ask yourself to help you identify your individual purpose:
- What is my passion? (i.e., What excites me in life and in business?).
- What are my gifts (e.g., natural talents, abilities, and strengths)?
- What hobby brings me the most joy?
- What type of professional products and services interest me the most? Why?
- What problem do I most want to solve? How can my job or career be leveraged to offer solutions?
- For what question is my life or career the answer? What do I feel called to do?
Practical ways to connect your Profession with your Purpose
You are never too young, nor too old, to pursue your purpose and align it with your profession. Once have a better idea of your individual purpose, then consider a few of the following practical ways to align it with your profession:
Connect your purpose with the mission and vision of your employer (Note: If there is a disconnect here, then it may be time for you to explore employment opportunities with an organization that is more in line with your spiritual calling, talents, and interests).
- Start a business enterprise that facilitates your purpose.
- Establish a non-profit organization that aligns with your purpose.
- Volunteer to serve organizations and ministries that compliment your purpose.
- Pursue opportunities to educate and train others in the area of your calling.
These are just a few examples. I’m sure you can think of others!
The Benefits of Connecting Your Profession with Your Purpose
When you connect your profession with your purpose, you position yourself to maximize your personal fulfillment and professional success. You become anointed to excel in your career; you have passion for your occupations; and, you truly enjoy it! It’s like getting paid for a hobby!
Aligning your profession with your purpose positions you to prosper in every aspect of your life. It provides you with a level of peace that comes only from God because He is in control. So, you are no longer operating within the confines of your own human limitations. You no longer have to worry about the economy, competitive threats, and corporate downsizing. You are positioned to enrich the lives of others. And, most importantly, you are transcending the world’s boundaries of temporary success and positioning yourself for eternal blessings and salvation.
Now, my friend, go forth and pursue and do who you already are! And, until next time, remember to enjoy the journey!