None of us were born with a career, but we were all born with a purpose! A career is something our parents and our society force upon us. Our Purpose is what God intends us to be when we were sent here. For many of you who are still in your pursuit, I explain further to provide ultimate clarity.
Career Versus Purpose
Many of us had or have dreams of becoming doctors or lawyers because we were persuaded that those were the careers that confirmed you made it and your parents did their job. But let’s be honest, how many terrible doctors and lawyers have you met? I bet those were the people that wanted to please their parents or prove something to society, but their purpose is far from their career.
A career will provide you money, but your purpose will give you happiness and ultimately financial freedom, because GOD blesses those who are courageous enough to stray from the norm and focus on fulfilling His plan.
Making The Transition
To transition from a career-driven life to a purpose-driven life, you must first create a plan! Let’s say you work from 9-5, Monday-Friday. From now on, you will have another job from 6-10 pm on weekdays and 9-5 pm on the weekend that’s called your Purpose. Initially, it will be challenging because you will have to give up a lot to make this transition happen. Whatever you do for your purpose must generate income so you can start your purpose. This can be extra paid hours at your current job or side jobs to generate revenue.
The goal is to save 6 months of your overhead so that you have the freedom in the near future to work on your purpose all day/everyday without having to worry about finances for at least 6 months. You will also need to save your start-up expenses. For example, if you are going to switch from an attorney to an author, you will need to calculate how much it will cost to release your first book. If you are going to be a person who builds and create transitional housing for abused women, you will need to calculate how much it will cost to build your first facility.
While you’re saving make sure to read and research as much as possible. Also build your purpose muscles so once it’s time, you are ready to go. For instance, if you’re going to be a motivational speaker, practice and build your relationships so once you are financially ready, you will have the experience and connections to be successful at it!
Sample Transition Plan:
Here’s a template for a six-month plan to transition from your career to your purpose. Since science shows we are more likely to commit to things that we write down, record your goals and progress each month.
Month 1: Research your purpose field, and how you can enter it. Talk to others in the field about how they entered it, and start working more hours or getting an additional job to help prepare your finances for the transition. If friends or family oppose, don’t let this deter you and remember it’s your life and your purpose.
Month 2: You should be building up your finances and practicing your purpose a bit. Whether through books, videos, research, shadowing, etc., get experience in doing your purpose. For example, if your purpose is motivational speaking, start practicing public speaking by doing Toastmasters, debates, or even recording yourself giving speeches. Develop and hone the skills you’ll need for your purpose.
Month 3: By now, you should be building a comfortable financial base, and progressing in your purpose practice. Try doing your purpose on the next level—for example, if you want to be a motivational speaker, start volunteering at local organizations to give speeches to an audience. Build up a resume/portfolio.
Month 4: You should be more than halfway through your transition now. Expand ties in your purpose field, find networking events and start getting into the field.
Month 5: During this month, focus on preparing for a full transition to your purpose. Make sure your finances are comfortable and you have a surefire method of entry into your field.
Month 6: Make the final preparations for your transition. Give notice at your current job and prepare for the new one. Go through job interviews and secure that new purpose!
Questions To Ask Yourself & Reflect
1)Are you happy at your current job?
2)How are you going to apply your purpose to help others?
3)How much do you need to save to break free from “corporate” America?
4)Who has done something similar to your purpose that you can learn from?
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