Everywhere you look, someone is willing to sell you the secrets to success. The question is, do you want the brand of success they’re selling?
Our culture obsesses over life and job satisfaction, and that’s a good thing. It’s important that we consider our goals and what’s important to us. But satisfaction is not “one size fits all”.
That’s why you need to reflect deeply on what success and job satisfaction mean to you. Crown Financial Ministries is committed to helping you find the perfect professional fit and define what career success looks like for you. The Career Direct assessment accomplishes this and helps you understand yourself better by examining your personality, skills, interests, and values.
Success is a deeply personal metric, and we need to know what it means to us before we can go out and achieve it.
Success Changes With the Seasons
People often enter a career path believing it will bring them satisfaction, but later realize their values have shifted as they’ve gained new experiences. There are many triggers for a change in values, such as getting married, aging, or discovering a new calling. As we enter new life seasons, we reevaluate what matters.
With the right mindset, you can find satisfaction at any job. Here’s how:
If you’re struggling in your work, reevaluate the lens through which you view your life. No matter what your job or calling, you should do it earnestly and wholeheartedly because all of our efforts contribute to God’s plan. The Bible tells us that if we are faithful in small things, God will bless us in great ways.
In the moments you feel especially challenged, just think of Joseph. The foster father to our Lord, Joseph never lost faith. No matter what challenges God gave him, Joseph persevered. He did not sacrifice his integrity or character, not even during the worst storms of his life.
Change Your Perspective
If you feel bored or disengaged at your job, take a step back. What purpose are you serving? Who are you helping? How do your clients benefit from the actions you take every day? Connecting your daily tasks to a bigger purpose will revitalize your work and give meaning to your career.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Other People
Be vigilant about avoiding the comparison trap. Once you’ve defined, or redefined, what success means to you, use only that metric to gauge your success.
Remember that God judges you not by material success but by faithfulness. If you keep His purpose at the center of your life and work diligently and honestly, you will have succeeded in His eyes.
Set Personal Goals
When you’re feeling unmotivated at work, seek out new challenges. If you work on commission, set a higher bar for your earnings this quarter. If you want to learn a new skill, enroll in an online learning course or professional development program and get started. Then map out a plan for integrating that skill into your daily activities.
Before you start resenting your work, ask yourself whether people problems may be influencing your professional experience. An unresolved conflict with a boss or colleague can really sour the work environment, especially if you’ve been avoiding honest communication about the problem.
These steps may feel overwhelming, especially if you’re beginning a new season and are trying to discern your purpose. But you don’t have to tackle them all at once. You might take the step that resonates most at this moment. Or you might dive into the area that’s most emotionally challenging.
Knowing yourself – your design, how God made you – can have the biggest impact on your job satisfaction. Crown’s Career Direct assessment will help you understand yourself better by examining your personality, skills, interests, and values. Take the assessment and schedule a phone call with one of our Consultants if you want a truly satisfying, meaningful career.
Bob Dickie has been president of Crown Financial Ministries since 2011. Prior to serving Crown, Bob was a Captain in the United States Air Force, CEO for an international training and sales materials service provider, and part of several Boards. He has authored two books – The Leap: Building a Full-Time Life in a Part-Time World, and Love Your Work: 4 Practical Ways to Pivot to Your Best Career – and he and his wife, Brandi, currently live in Knoxville, TN with their six children.