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What steps should be taken in order for an individual to discover their purpose?

I am asking this question because I used to feel that I had no purpose until I started paying closer attention to the small details. #career-choice #career-counseling #career

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Kim’s Answer

Great question, Tabatha! I think Erinn has given you some really good guidance. I would also suggest taking the StrengthsFinder assessment. This is a great process to discover your true strengths and what they mean for your career and professional (and personal) relationships. The results are very revealing and really help you understand why you gravitate to certain activities. Together with the resources that Erinn provided this may help you find what you are naturally good at and ultimately enjoy doing. This will in turn potentially lead you to a better understanding of your purpose. I've taken the assessment and I have provided the assessment to my teams and mentees. I was really impressed with how it enables clarity of strengths and purpose. To take the assessment, you can order the book or access it online. https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Purchase

Kim recommends the following next steps:

Research StrengthsFinder to see if it is something you want to utilize.
If yes, then take the assessment.
Take the time to review the results and what they mean. You may also want to invest in a StrengthsFinder coach to help you take the results even further.
Utilize the results to set a plan for pursuit of appropriate opportunities.
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Lashay’s Answer

Hi Tabatha. I'm glad you asked this question. To me, purpose means a calling to do something. A calling is something that is so hard to deny and forget about that you like doing and would even do it for free (maybe even have) like volunteering, helping children, concern for homeless, etc. It tends to relate to a deep concern for something or others. Think about what you're naturally good at, with little to no effort. Things that don't feel like work. If you don't have any experience to think about, volunteer at your school or community by using unitedway.org or volunteermatch.org. Also, ask others that you know, trust, and value opinion to give you honest feedback about yourself. Sometimes, those closest to us know us better than we think. Good luck!


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