As coaches, we work with a lot of people who want to feel more fulfilled in their job (and life, for that matter). When we question them further, however, it turns out that the word “fulfillment” is often hard to define.

So what is job fulfillment, then? What makes you feel energized and motivated and deeply satisfied in your career? Is it using your strengths? Doing work you enjoy? Being part of a team? Becoming financially independent.

All of those things play a part, to be sure. But there’s been one overarching pattern we’ve seen in almost every client we’ve worked with:

Fulfillment comes from doing something you love to make a difference in a meaningful way. That sounds pretty vague and unhelpful, right? So…

Let’s break that phrase down into three chunks:

Allow yourself to be creative when considering what feels meaningful to you. What do you regularly help friends/family with? What do people thank you for most often? When was the last time you felt like you made someone’s day? Really think about these questions to get clear on how you’re already making a difference on a regular basis — in a way that feels energizing to you and them.

Here are a few questions to help you determine if you’re meeting all three parts of the fulfillment equation:

We’d love to read your answers and hear your insights! Write your responses in the comments below.

Much Love,

Kristen & Rachel

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  1. These are great questions to ask myself about my current and previous jobs. They reveal why I felt unfulfilled in all of my positions. I am currently job hunting due to my company downsizing and my answers to these questions will definitely be helpful as I decide on my next endeavor. Thanks for the great post!

    -Keshia

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