Make Your Vocation Your Vacation


As long as I can remember, I've been asked "What are you going to be when you grow up?"

The question isn't "What will you do?", but "What will you be?"


The question itself suggests we integrate a part of ourselves in what we do. This notion can be taken too far if we overidentify with our occupation, because we each are far more than what we do for a living. But the typical person spends over 100K hours working during her/her lifetime. And more than 70% of people do not enjoy - are not engaged in - their work.


Why Not enjoy the time you spend working and feel like you are contributing your unique gifts in the process?

It's not unusual to dread going to work on Monday (or any other day) and to bring less than our full self to work. Then we chant "TGIF" as we walk into work on Friday mornings, then cram our shopping, errands, household tasks, and a quick movie or concert into the busy weekend and begin the process all over again. Somewhere in this repetitive cycle, many people find that their true self has been left behind. They wonder where and when they gave up their dreams, their values, and their excitement about their chosen career. What would it take to do something meaningful with their life?

Fulfillment through work is a far cry from the experience of the typical worker today. Instead of viewing it as "life's inmost secret," most people find themselves complaining about coworkers or how about how much they have to do and how they do not have enough free time. In a recent survey of over 1K employees, 54% felt overworked at least sometimes, and 55% felt overwhelmed by the amount of work on their plate.

An entirely different attitude exists among people who see their work as the expression of their Authentic Vocation. They may find it difficult to break away from their work because they are having so much fun. They view the challenging people in their life as catalysts for their learning and growth. Does this sound impossible? It's not!

One way to explain Authentic Vocation is to define the terms, elements, and principles involved: another is to observe and listen to people who are working in what they consider to be their Authentic Vocation. Authentic means real, genuine, or aligned with one's essential self; vocation designates a calling, a profession to which one is particularly suited, or a life's work. In other words, work that meets this standard emanates from people's authentic self and allows them to be who they indeed are while doing what they most love and feel passionate about, and provides the most meaning.

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It's not unusual to dread going to work on Monday (or any other day) and to bring less than our full self to work. Then we chant "TGIF" as we walk into work on Friday mornings, then cram our shopping, errands, household tasks, and a quick movie or concert into the busy weekend and begin the process all over again. Somewhere in this repetitive cycle, many people find that their true self has been left behind. They wonder where they gave up their drams, their values, and their excitement about their work. What would it take to do something meaningful with their life?


Fulfillment through work is a far cry from the experience of the typical worker today. Instead of viewing it as "life's inmost secret," most people find themselves complaining about coworkers or how much they have to do, and how they do not have enough free time. In a recent survey of over 1K employees, 54% felt overworked at least sometimes, and 55% felt overwhelmed by how much work they had to do.


An entirely different attitude exists among people who see their work as the expression of their Authentic Vocation. They may find it hard to break away from their work because they are having so much fun. They view the challenging people in their life as catalysts for their learning and growth. Sound impossible? It's not!


One way to explain Authentic Vocation is to define the terms, elements, and principles involved: another is to observe and listen to pe0ple who are working in what they consider to be their Authentic Vocation. Authentic means real, genuine, or aligned with one's essential self; vocation designates a calling, a profession to which one is particularly suited, or a life's work. In other words, work that meets this standard emanates from people's authentic self and allows them to be who they truly are while doing what they most love and feel passionate about, and provides the most meaning.


Authentic Vocation includes eight elements:

  1. Life purpose. What is the core theme or message of your life?

  2. Values. What matters most to you?

  3. Motivators and interests. What motivates you to do something well?

  4. Knowledge, skills, and abilities. What do you know a significant amount about? What natural talents or strengths do you have, and what other marketable skills have you developed that you enjoy using? What education have you received?

  5. Work and other experience. What kinds of work experience have you had? What about volunteer experience?

  6. Job/Career targets. What kinds of jobs or careers do you want to pursue next?

  7. Work Environment. What is the ideal setting and company culture for you?

  8. Business Reality. Are the options you have selected financially viable? Do you have a realistic view of the job search process and probabilities?

Three Principles form the foundation of Authentic Vocation

  1. Every person has a central life purpose that, if realized through his or her work as it develops and changes over time, generates optimum work fulfillment.

  2. It is possible for all people to find or create work that expresses their life purpose, utilizes their skills, meets a need in the world, and is financially viable.

  3. To achieve this ideal, each person's purpose, values, motivators, interests, skills, experience, job goals and desired work environment must be determined and then filtered through business reality.

*From "Overview of Authentic Vocation: Blending Passion & Pocketbook in Ideal Job" by Marcia Bench


Authentic Vocation coaching brings that special sense of purpose to our work and adds the often missing dimensions of meaning and fulfillment.


If you're like the 70% of people who are not fulfilled by their work, Career Coaching might be for you. I will coach you through the process of discovering what is meaningful, important, and vital to your life and career.


Life is too short to spend time satisfying an employer's goals and setting your dreams aside.


Email me at: info@firstimpressioncareers.com to begin your journey to an Authentic Vocation.

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melanie@firstimpressioncareers.com

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