There’s a good chance you’re getting ready to head to work.
You might be stoked about that.
You might not be.
If you’re in the latter category, headed to work might be a real freaking drag.
This is particularly the case if you feel as though your job isn’t in alignment with your best life.
My current position is a great fit for me at a surface level.
My duties align well with my strengths and preferences.
I’ve got quite a bit of autonomy.
I enjoy my coworkers.
I am compensated well.
It’s a good gig.
However, something completely unrelated to my work environment or job duties plays the most significant role in my satisfaction with my current job.
I’m not looking to it to define me.
For it to be the thing that gets me springing out of bed each morning.
My source of purpose and fulfillment.
It’s great, sure, but it is simply one aspect of my life.
One way that I interact with the world.
For several years after graduating from Virginia Tech in 2009, I jumped from job to job.
I was always looking for something that would make me full.
I was sorely disappointed.
Some positions were better in various ways than others.
But none ever gave me the feeling for which I was looking.
Even when I would pursue jobs directly related to personal interests of mine.
What I didn’t know was that only I could create that feeling.
And that living a life of purpose does not have to – and likely wouldn’t ever – directly involve my job.
Yet my job can keep a roof over my head.
Put food on the table.
And pay the bills.
For me to live a life of purpose outside of work.
I am not my job.
And you are not yours.
You give your time and effort in exchange for something of value.
If you’re fortunate, that includes satisfaction and fulfillment.
Chances are, though, it’s primarily monetary.
You are not your job.
You are worth infinitely more than how you earn money.
You are worthy of the best life.
You’ve got this.