As you step into a new year, you might be reflecting on your career and the role it plays in your life. Did you know that over 60% of our day is often spent engaged in work-related activities?1
This profound investment of time means that, inevitably, your career becomes intertwined with your identity. But there’s a crucial question that you might have overlooked: “Does my career align with my values?”
In the hustle of climbing the career ladder and securing financial stability, you can easily lose sight of this life-changing question. However, ensuring that your professional path reflects your core beliefs is not just about feeling good. It’s about creating a life that is genuinely fulfilling and resonates with who you are at your deepest level.
Money, undeniably, is a significant motivator. It drives us to wake up every morning, push through challenging tasks, and chase after promotions. But, the initial thrill of a paycheck increase or a bonus fades quickly, and what we’re left with is the day-to-day reality of our job. If this reality goes against your values, you’re likely to find yourself feeling disconnected, dissatisfied, and void of a purpose.
When your career is in harmony with your values, work becomes more than just a paycheck – it becomes who you are, what you’re proud of, and how you bring the gift of YOU to the world.
It could mean choosing a job that allows you more time with family, advocating for issues close to your heart, or contributing to societal change in a unique way that only you can offer.
As you move forward into 2024, take a moment to set a powerful intention: I will align my actions with my deepest values so that I can live in authenticity and impact the world in my unique way.
This resolution goes beyond the usual goals of financial advancement or job security. It’s about crafting a career and life that is enriching and rewarding. It’s a promise to ourselves to pursue professional avenues that not only provide for our families but also feed our souls.
So take a moment to reflect on what you value most. Is it creativity, integrity, innovation, or perhaps community service? How does your current job align with these values? If you find gaps, consider this your sign to embark on a career path that brings you into alignment.
Remember, when your career is a reflection of your values, you’re not just working—you’re making a difference, every single day. Let’s make 2024 the year we all work with purpose!
- Talbert, M. (2022, October 2). How work about work gets in the way of real work  • asana. Asana. https://asana.com/resources/why-work-about-work-is-bad ↩︎
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