‘The trouble with my job at the moment is that it feels so empty, so soulless. What I really want is to feel that I can make a difference with my work.’
Does that ring true for you?
I have heard variations on this theme from many clients over the years. It seems to be a concern that comes to many of us at some stage in our working lives. And when you are thinking of making a change of career it can be a great starting point.
But it is just that – a starting point.
Where do you go next once you have decided that making a difference is important to you?
Let me give you a few pointers.
What does ‘making a difference’ mean to you?
Making a difference is a broad vision. Vision is great, but to transform a vision into a reality you need to explore further by breaking it down a little.
I usually begin by asking clients who they want to make a difference to. Who are you drawn to serve or support in your work?
There are many causes you can serve and you can’t serve them all. What is your cause?
Once you have some idea of who you want to make a difference for, you then need to ask how you want to make an impact on their lives or situation. There are many ways, great and small and they are all equally valuable.
And if the last idea gives you goosebumps but you then turn away thinking ‘it’s only little me, I couldn’t possibly do anything like that’, just remember Malala Yousafzai.
And what about you?
This brings me to the last point you need to consider.
If you want to make a difference, it all begins with you.
And it starts today.
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