PURPOSE is the new passion

Purpose is the new PassionThere is universal agreement that the word “passion” is highly overused in professional settings. It needs to be retired.

That word should have been tossed in the wastebasket years ago but seems to continue to land in recycle. It comes back to haunt hiring managers, job seekers, recruiters, and everyone year after year.

In a purely selfish attempt to prevent me from reading one more cover letter explaining someone’s passion for working on programs; might I suggest the word “purpose”.

I know, you like that right? But wait, don’t just go through your documents and replace one word with the other.

Replacing passion with purpose requires a little more work on your part.
You need to ask yourself “What motivates me?” “What inspires me?” “What type of work will engage me and spark my A game most of the time?”

Please do not misunderstand, walking a purposeful path does not mean you will avoid every frustration that naturally comes along with work. It will, however, better align the personal and professional and minimize feelings of discontent.

Move toward a purposeful existence. Examine what you are doing and determine if it makes your heart smile in some way. If not, don’t be afraid to change direction.

Let 2018 be the End of “New Year, New Me”

Here’s my deep thought for the first week of 2018. The new year inspires us to change, be better, do more, etc. in part because we make the space for self-reflection in the days or day leading up to the holiday.

Illustration of woman with head in hands against pink backgroundThe ritualistic progression from one year to another seems to call for some type of movement or need for rejuvenation in us.

What if we didn’t wait for a “New Year” to hit the reset button?

What if we set and evaluated our goals throughout the year?

What if we made small and big changes as needed instead of putting them off for a symbolic “restart”?

What if kicked it into high gear in March, June, or October and decided it was time to achieve our heart’s desire when the notion first occurred to us?

Make changing, resetting, or starting when you need and want to your 2018 resolution.