Confucius once said, “Choose a career you love and you will never work another day in your life.” If you think about this, what a different experience we could have in our work lives. If we actually loved the work we were doing, it wouldn’t seem so much like our traditional concept of work (drudgery/pain). Think about it! How many jobs have you had that you dreaded going to? What are some of the differences between a job, a career, and your life’s work? Let’s define it.
A job is something you get paid to do (money is the primary motivation). It is easy to perform because there is not much challenge, and you will eventually find other work to do. It may or may not fully engage you. Spirit may or may not be present.
A career is something you get paid to do that is viewed as a profession (status or identity is the motivation). It may provide more challenge, but after a while, you may get burned out, and choose to stop doing it. It may or may not fully engage you. Spirit may or may not be present.
Your life’s work is something you do whether you get paid for it or not (your soul’s need for expression is the motivation). There is plenty of challenge and personal meaning. You will always want to do it. It definitely fully engages you. Spirit is present.
Remember that a job can get you started toward your life’s work. In fact, jobs provide the very important element of exposure to different kinds of industries. Take for example, a woman who started out working in a department store as a clerk, who moved into a management position, and finally created her life’s work as an independent contractor who trains others in customer service skills.
To find out if your spirit is working, take note of the statements that sound like you in your present work environment:
World benefits from your work
Your intentions and actions match
You are propelled by a larger life purpose
Integration of being and doing (balance of feminine and masculine energies)
Soul leads you through the process (there are no instructions, no right or wrong way!)
You feelunsure of how to make it happen
Fully engaged, frequent moments of flow and inspiration
You are stepping into your Greatness
Increased awareness and sensitivity
Deeper thoughts, higher level thinking
Questioning the status quo
Inner feelings of peace and contentment (like you have found the right path)
Non-traditional, shatters the box (requires you to venture into unknown territory)
Opportunity to really express who you really are
Discovering skills and talents you never knew you had
You feel “turned on,” lit up, excited, enthusiastic
No longer want to settle for ordinary or mediocrity
Longing for change and newness
Broader perspective, see more of the big picture
Shift to wanting to learn more, be more, and do more
Relying more on intuition to make life decisions
- The more checks you have, the more your spirit is at work.Spiritual work elevates society and is personally fulfilling. When your spirit is working, you are sharing more of who you really are. As a result your work is performed from a level of love, a higher energy and true sense of purpose, which transforms everyone and everything around you.
***This is an excerpt from the bestselling book The Destiny Discovery: Find Your Soul’s Path to Success, now available on Amazon and KINDLE.
Michelle L. Casto AKA Bright Michelle is a woman on a mission to inspire you to discover the Truth of who you are so you can freely shine your brightest light. Whether you are changing careers, making a major life transition, or seeking more meaning from life, you can benefit from the support of an experienced mentor to assist you with navigating the tough spots of walking your highest Destiny. Michelle has worked with thousands of international clientele to find their ideal career path, expertly blending human psychology, spirituality, and the science of success into a powerful formula for personal transformation. Her provenDestiny Success Process (Awake-Shift-Shine-Succeed) empowers people to grow beyond victim mentality and shows them how to be conscious creators of their life. A prolific author of 20+ life transformation products, her latest book, is The Destiny Discovery: Find Your Soul’s Path to Success. When you are ready to take the next step along your soul’s journey, Michelle can get you there.