“Your Meaningful Work” Statement
For the past four days, you’ve come up with a list of your values, talents and gifts, interests, and audience; now, it’s time for you to construct ONE SENTENCE that sums up “Your Meaningful Work” – a statement that describes what you’d like to do and who you’d like to help, based on the things that are most important to you and the things you’re good at and like to do. In addition, you will have the option to include the effect/outcome of your meaningful work on others.
As you construct your statement, you should focus on using only one or two of your values, talents and gifts, interests, and audiences for your statement. Adding more than two options for each category for your sentence tends to make Your Meaningful Work Statement a little unwieldy. You may prefer to write several meaningful work statements, to see which ones resonate with your heart and soul most.
Just remember that your statement must be just ONE SENTENCE – but it can be a really long one!
If you aren’t sure how to start or write for your statement, use the following template as a starting point to create your statement. You will just need to use the words chosen from the previous activities and insert in the template below:
“Knowing that I value (values) and have talents and gifts in (talents and gifts), I will use my interests in (interests) to help/serve (audience) so that they/in order for them to (achieve some benefit, achieve some level of success, overcome some obstacle, make a positive choice in their life, etc.).
If the template is too confining, just use the sentence completion below to write your statement:
“My meaningful work…”
On “Your Meaningful Work Worksheet,” use the space under “Meaningful Work Statement” to write your statement in one sentence, based on the four previous activities.
Bill’s Meaningful Work Statement
“Knowing that I value personal growth and wisdom and have talents and gifts in future-thinking and bringing out the best in others, I will use my interests in self-help, personal growth, and well-being to help/serve students, faculty, and staff in higher education to achieve more than they ever thought possible.”
“My meaningful work allows me to take my love for self-help, personal growth, and well-being and empower students, faculty and staff in higher education to discover their purpose and identify their most heartfelt dreams to create a vision for a bright future and a meaningful life.”
Once you create your statement, share it with those that know you best to see if they believe your statement aligns with who you are. Your meaningful work may not only describe what you do, but it may also describe who you are. And it will definitely be a great starting point to describe your “why” for being on this planet!
Feel free to share Your Meaningful Work Statement in the comments section.
DO NOT GO ON TO THE NEXT SECTION UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR MEANINGFUL WORK STATEMENT!!!
Now that you’ve completed your meaningful work statement, it’s time to give your statement a test – a test to see if it’s truly your meaningful work! For the next six questions, answer YES or NO – maybe is not accepted!
- Could you do this meaningful work if you had to start out making little money, like minimum wage?
- Could you love engaging in this meaningful work on a daily basis?
- Could this meaningful work inspire you to get out of bed most mornings?
- Could this meaningful work allow you to use your gifts, talents, and/or strengths on a regular basis?
- Could you see time flying by when engaged in this meaningful work?
- Could you see the possibility of making more money doing this meaningful work?
If you answered YES for all 6 questions, you are on your way toward doing your meaningful work. If you have 5 or less, review your NO answers; are your NO answers things you can control or cannot control? And would would need to happen to turn your NO into a YES? For example, if your NO is to Question 1, you may need to find a way to earn additional income doing this meaningful work. Or, maybe you can accept minimum wage at the start, knowing that you will get an increase in pay at some point in the near future. You may even have several meaningful work statements that are equally compelling for you. My advice – start with one right now!
You have now completed the five days of activities used to identify Your Meaningful Work.
We’ve used the “Your Meaningful Work” results to help students choose major, minors, jobs, even create side businesses in the Design Your Life I (What Could I Do With My Life) and II (Creating Meaningful Experience Through Coaching) classes, as well as the Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship class.
If you’d like to experience these activities, as well as many, many more activities/tools focused on helping students get clear about their purpose in life and creating a compelling, dream-directed vision for their future, consider attending a Purpose and Vision Navigator Certification Training Program. For more information about the training, click on this link: https://thedreamdean.wordpress.com/purpose-and-vision-navigator-certificate-program/
Thank you for participating in these activities, please feel free to share your thoughts or suggestions in the comments section or privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.