Whether you like your job or not is frequently determined by how well you feel about it. Workplace, role, and overall sense of purpose are all subject to change. As a result, in order to strike a balance between these three, you must be unafraid of career changes or change in general. In fact, you should go out of your way to find them.

A sense of purpose in one’s life is critical to one’s well-being. Having a sense of purpose in your job is also important. As circumstances change, you must constantly search for and find a sense of purpose in your career. You don’t have to leave your current job to stay engaged. However, there are times when a fundamental change is required.

For example, if you find yourself thinking, “There has to be more to my working life than just sitting here making money and not making an impact.” Perhaps you dread going into the office on Monday mornings, or perhaps you have outgrown your role and are bored to tears in your cubicle.

Now comes the million dollar question.

Can you change something when you’re not sure what needs to be changed?

Yes, you can. However the journey to this search for sense of purpose starts with self-awareness and acceptance.

What is self-awareness?


Shelley Duval and Robert Wicklund (1972) proposed that at any given time, people can focus their attention on the self or on the external environment. This is self-awareness.
To put it another way, when you focus on yourself rather than your surroundings, you compare yourself to your own standards of correctness. These correctness standards specify how you should think, feel, and behave. They are, in essence, your values and beliefs, also known as your ideals.

Self-awareness is a vital aspect of self control.

Tasha Eurich, a researcher and organisational psychologist, and her research team identified two types of self-awareness that I believe are important to note: internal self-awareness and external self-awareness.

Internal self-awareness

Internal self-awareness is essentially recognising that your current job does not match your true passion for marketing, or feeling dissatisfied with a heated conversation you had with a coworker that contradicts your belief that kindness is important.

External self-awareness

External self-awareness, on the other hand, refers to the ability to see how others perceive you. People who understand how others perceive them are more empathetic. Leaders who can see how their employees perceive them are more effective and have stronger relationships with them.

It is recognising that your employee took your feedback personally because of your tone, or recognising that the data provided in your last email has disheartened your employees.

So, we’ve discussed what self-awareness is and why it’s important. Now, how do you know if you’re as self-aware as you should be to find the sense of purpose you’re looking for?

The PRISM Self-awareness toolkit is a quick, online self inventory to help you understand your level of self-awareness. Developed in the UK, PRISM is based on applied neuroscience, using the latest technology. The report provides an overview of your behavior preferences, your strengths and potentially overdone strengths. It also gives you an insight into the areas that can be worked on for better results.

Now that you know how self-aware you are, you are ready to find a sense of purpose at work. However, keep in mind that life is fleeting.

You deserve a job that gives you a sense of purpose. But you can’t leave it up to your boss or team. It is up to you to define and carry out your work purpose.

The following are some of the best ways to find purpose in your work:

  • Understand what motivates you.
  • Analyze your personal objectives and look for a company that will help you achieve them.
  • Find out how you can help your company improve.
  • Personal performance metrics that are important to you should be assigned.
  • Mentor, coach, and assist others.

Self awareness is important because when we understand ourselves better, we can experience ourselves as unique and distinct individuals. We are then empowered to make changes, to build on our areas of strength, and to identify areas where we need to improve. Self-awareness is frequently the first step in success planning.

With PRISM Self-awareness Toolkit,

  • Discover why you behave the way you do.
  • How can you ‘adapt’ yourself in order to get what you want?
  • How would you rate your Emotional Intelligence?
  • What are your ideal career options?

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