Now What? Finding Purpose as a Millennial
There are certain times in life when we find ourselves at a “Now what?” moment. Right after you graduate high school, right after you graduate college, and right after you find your first job are common times to ask yourself, “What is the point of this?”
In order to be successful and thrive, it’s essential to find a sense of purpose for your life. It can be a large, overarching life goal, or it can be a focus for this particular season of your life.
To find this sense of purpose and focus, however, you have to know what skills and passions you have. When you work within these strengths, you’ll find the most joy.
What Skills and Passions Matter?
As we move through life we learn how to do a lot of things. We learn to read, we learn to type, we learn – and then forget – how to use quadratic equations.
Those are not the skills and talents I’m talking about. I’m talking about identity-based skills and passions, things you are naturally good at that you can develop and leverage into work that makes you both successful and fulfilled.
One of my clients, for instance, found that her top strengths were:
- Futuristic Thinking. She loves to plan for the future and big visions and dreams drive her forward.
- She always wants to take action and implement the next step.
- She loves to give praise, smile, and brighten others’ days. She also expects good results in her life.
- Problem Solving. She is an incredible problem-solver. She thinks of every situation in terms of how it can be made better.
- She’s a competitive person and loves knowing that she’s rising to the top of the group.
As you can see, these strengths can be used in a variety of ways, but this client will be unhappy if she’s in an inactive role, around negative people, unable to make a difference in her situation, and unable to plan for the future.
How to Discover Your Strengths
There are a lot of tools that help you discover your strengths and passions. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Taking some time to journal and reflect on times you’ve felt very happy and fulfilled. What did those situations have in common? What did you do to create them? This will give you a lot of insight into your passions and strengths. Some are near the surface, and some take some digging to find, but it’s worth the effort.
It’s very common for those close to us to be able to see more of our strengths than we do, especially if we’re self-critical. Ask supportive close friends and family what they see ask key strengths in your life. Also take note of what others are always asking your advice about. It’s likely to reveal a key expertise you haven’t thought of.
One of my favorite tools to use in helping my clients identify strengths is the CliftonStrengths Finder. It uses a detailed survey to measure your strengths in 34 areas, giving you a top five that you can focus on. If you purchase the extended results, you can also see which areas you are weakest in. Knowing your weaknesses can help you choose business partners, friends, and more that compliment you and help you grow.
A good coach can ask you questions and help you explore your life in ways that uncover strengths you never thought you had. Having an impartial outside person help you discover strengths and passions may be just what you need to get on the road to success!
Making the Most of Talents and Passions
Once you have discovered what your talents and passions are, the next step is to apply them in ways that help you live a purposeful and successful life.
Because talents and passions are often general and can be applied in many ways, you may need help. A qualified coach can help you find ways to move your life closer to what your talents reveal would make you happiest.
It doesn’t matter where you’re starting now, what matters is where your focus is. There are always ways to take steps toward your dreams. Let me help you find them!
In my work, I’ve helped clients change careers, increase their income, make money from passions they assumed would always be hobbies, and more. Contact me today at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation to take the first step toward your own dreams!