Episode 5 3 Ways To Overcome fear of Career Change

In this episode, I give you 3 ways to overcome the feer of career change.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to fill ikn the form on my website at https://purposevisionfuture.com and complete the quiz to see if you are living out your life purpose.

Episode 4 5 Coping Strategies For When You Are Unhappy At Work

In this episode I provide 5 coping strategies which you can use when you are unhappy at work. I also provide a bonus tip about posting (or not) on social media.

The John HIlton article which I refer to in the podcast can be found at https://www.hcamag.com/au/specialisation/workplace-health-and-safety/are-aussie-workers-really-happy-in-their-jobs/174710

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to fill in the form on my website at https://purposevisionfuture.com and complete the quiz to see if you are living out your life purpose.

Do What You Love Series Episode 3

Welcome to episode 3 of the Do What You Love Podcast, this is part of a special 3-part series to help you discover your life purpose so you can have more fulfilment and joy in your life and career.
I’m your host Amanda Heal.
In the last episode of this special series, I talked about what life purpose is, and described what living outside of your life purpose would look like, in terms of work. If you’ve just stumbled across this podcast, you may want to pause this episode and go back and listen to the first 2 episodes, as they all fit together like pieces of a puzzle.
In this episode, I’m going to talk about what living out your life purpose looks like, how you can discover your life purpose if you don’t already know what that is, and how I can come along with you on the journey to discovering your life purpose.
So, what does it look like to live out your life purpose?
As I did in the previous episode, I’ll use work as the basis for talking about what this looks like. However, what I will be saying can just as easily apply to any area of life.
Let me use my own work as an illustration:
– When I’m working with clients, speaking, and producing social media content, I’m using my natural gifts and talents, and doing what just comes naturally to me;
– I’m no longer trying to live up to the expectations of my work colleagues, friends and family, and i’m no longer trying to be someone I know deep down that I’m not – I’m just being me;
– Everything that I do aligns with my personal values, and I know I’m exactly where I belong;
– I know that what I do makes a real difference in the lives of others, and and I regularly experience a deep sense of fulfilment and joy in what I do.
But I’m not saying every day is perfect, as it’s not. I still face mindset challenges, like whether I’m good enough to do this, and whether anyone will listen to or believe me. As a business owner I still have to do tasks that I don’t enjoy very much. But it’s all worth it, as it’s a means to an end, which is inspiring and encouraging others to discover and live out their life purpose, which is what I absolutely love to do!
You are probably asking by now “how do I discover this life purpose”?
Well, I believe that there are three steps that you need to take to discover your life purpose. They are:
Examine your present
Examine your past, and
Examine your passions or dreams
If you take the time to follow these steps, you’ll discover themes which run through these 3 aspects of your life. these themes will point towards your life purpose.
At the beginning of this episode, I referred to the process of discovering your life purpose as a journey. This is true. It is rarely something you discover overnight.
I was thinking about this the other day. I believe that discovering your life purpose is a bit like refining gold. Some gold is easy to find and can be extracted out of a riverbed, using a simple pan. Other gold must be dug out of the ground and, even then, it is hidden in the rock that is removed.
Some people discover their life purpose relatively easily, much like someone panning for gold in a river. It isn’t buried deeply, so it is easy to find, and easy to define.
Others must work hard and dig deeper to discover their life purpose, much like those who mine for gold underground. Their life purpose is buried beneath years of a life lived doing something else. It is buried under a lifetime of old habits and beliefs. Sometimes, not even a glimmer of it is in sight, because it has been forgotten.
Be aware that discovering and refining your life purpose will require deep thinking on your part and will take time. However, I promise that every minute you spend and every ounce of effort you put into this process will be worth much more than you ever expected.
Please, don’t be like me and waste years of your life wondering what to do because you lack the confidence to make a change. Start the process of discovering your life purpose today, and figuring out what changes you need to make to start living it out.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to discover your life purpose on your own. There are a number of resources that I’ve developed that will help you.
Firstly, I’ve created a workbook to help you examine your present, past and passions. The workbook contains questions to prompt your self-examination and reflection. You can download this workbook from the same page as you downloaded your podcast, the link to which was emailed to you when you completed the quiz.
I’ve also written a book called “You Don’t Need Sight, You Just Need Vision”. In this book, I tell my own story, and then guide you through the process of examining your present, past and passions, and also suggest ways that you can start to work out how you will live out your life purpose. This book is available on my website at https://purposevisionfuture.com/books.
But if you’re the sort of person who prefers a more hands on approach, there’s something for you too, which is my Discover Your Life Purpose coaching program. In this program, I work with you as you examine your present, past and passions, and we work on overcoming any fears or limiting beliefs that might come up. Once you have discovered your life purpose, you then have the option to work with me further to figure out how you will live it out. If this program interests you, just go to my website at https://purposevisionfuture.com, and click the Let’s talk link to book an appointment in my calendar.
Finally, if you like what you’ve heard in these 3 podcast episodes of my special series, please subscribe to my Do What You Love podcast, which is available in all the usual places.
Whether you are a lawyer, health care professional, teacher or work in any other profession, this podcast is for you. In this podcast, I share stories of overcoming disillusionment with work, bullying, redundancy, and career change, and will also interview experts on these, and other related topics to encourage and inspire you to take courageous steps to reach your FULL potential.
I hope you’ve found these 3 podcast episodes helpful and even thought provoking, and I look forward to talking with you here, or even in person, soon. Until next time, have a great day and do what you love!

Do What You Love series Episode 2

Welcome to episode 2 of the Do What You Love Podcast, this is part of a special 3-part series to help you discover your life purpose so you can have more fulfilment and joy in your life and career.
I’m your host Amanda Heal.
In the last episode, I spoke about the problems that many of us face feeling like we work just to pay the bills, our lives are lacking meaning or significance, our jobs no longer bringing us the same joy and excitement that the used to, and being fed up with the stress, long work hours and poor work-life balance.
I spoke of how I had found the solution to these problems, which was discovering and living out my life purpose, and how I am happier now than I have ever been.
If you’ve stumbled across this podcast and haven’t done my quiz to discover whether you’re living out your life purpose, you might like to pause this podcast and go to my website at https://purposevisionfuture.com, fill in the form and do the quiz. This episode, and the next – episode 3, will then make a lot more sense.
In this episode, I’m going to be talking about what life purpose is, what it looks like to live outside your life purpose, and the problems this can cause longterm.
What is Purpose?
The Macquarie Dictionary defines purpose as: “the object for which anything exists or is done, made, used, etc.”
If you use an object for its intended purpose, the object usually works well. But, if you try to use the object for a purpose for which it is not designed, it will either not work at all, or will not work very well.
A toaster is specifically designed to toast bread, and other similar products. But, if you tried to make a cup of coffee using the toaster, it would not work at all. An extreme example, I know, but it makes the point.
And here’s another less extreme example. If you used a butter knife to spread suitably softened butter onto bread, it would work very well. But if you tried to use the butter knife to cut steak, it may go some way towards cutting the meat, but it wouldn’t work particularly well.
I believe the same applies to us as human beings. If we discover our life purpose, we discover the thing we are made to do.
Pastor, author and filmmaker, TD Jakes, describes this purpose as being much like an instinct. It comes naturally to us — something we are wired to do.
I passionately believe that we are each created for a specific purpose. If we can discover and live out our purpose, we will live almost by instinct, and will enjoy the life we were created to live, obtaining maximum happiness and fulfilment.
What does it look like to live outside your life purpose?
As most of us spend more time working than doing anything else, I’ll use work as the basis for talking about what living outside your life purpose looks like. However, what I will be saying can just as easily apply to any area of life.
In the quiz, I’ve covered a number of areas of work life – values, environment, gifts and talents, and mindset. Let’s take each one of these in turn.
Firstly, let’s look at values. We all have personal values. The most commonly thought of values are things like honesty, integrity, family and hard work, but if you look online you can find list as long as 400 possible personal values.
Most workplaces have values too. These are often outlined in vision and mission statements, but many exist as unspoken expectations. I remember being told during my first week at work as a lawyer that if I left work at 5pm, my contract wouldn’t be renewed.
If your work causes you to live outside your life purpose, it’s possible that the values of your workplace won’t align well with your personal values, and you may even feel forced to exchange your personal values for your work ones to fit in at work.
Next, let’s look at environment. Wen I talk about environment, I’m not talking about the weather. I’m talking about the physical environment that you work in – your office or cubicle, and also the less obvious things that affect this environment such as noise, stress, pressure, etc.
Some people thrive in open plan office environments with lots of interaction between colleagues, and some of us don’t. As I get older, I’m finding that I require a very quiet environment for concentration and creativity. There were times during my work life when I had to work in an open plan office, which I found extremely stressful.
If your work causes you to live outside your purpose, your work environment may not suit you well.
Now turning to gifts and talents. You may not think of yourself as gifted or talented, but we all have things that are naturally good at, and that’s what I’m talking about here. We often do these things almost instinctively without even thinking about it.
I’m naturally a problem solver. I didn’t realise this until my mother was telling me what a bad day she’d had at work, and I launched into sentences starting with “why didn’t you …” or “you should have …”. Finally she stopped me and said “I don’t want you to solve my problems, I just want you to listen to me so I can get them off my chest”. I’m also an encourager, and will find myself speaking words of encouragement to someone without a seconds thought.
If your work is causing you to live outside of your purpose, there’s a very good chance that you aren’t regularly using your natural gifts and talents.
Finally, onto mindset. If you’re living outside your purpose in your work, chances are your mindset isn’t going to be very good. You probably don’t like your job, and think negatively about it often. You might lack confidence in your work, and you might feel a distinct lack of fulfilment or excitement in your work. You may even feel like you don’t fit in well at work.
I remember when I first started working as a lawyer, I found my work to be exciting and interesting, and it remained that way throughout most of my career. But then, as I got older, I realised that my ideas of what was important to me were also changing. i began to feel like what I was doing was not making a real difference, and rapidly lost all feelings of fulfilment that my work had once given me. I also started to feel undervalued and unappreciated at work.
So what are the longterm effects of living outside of our life purpose?
Remember how I said earlier that our life purpose is almost like an instinct? TD Jakes suggests that if we can combine our instinct with our intellect, we will obtain happiness and fulfilment. However, as we are taught to rely on our knowledge rather than our instinct, it is possible for us to live out our lives relying almost entirely on knowledge, rather than instinct or purpose. This can lead to discouragement, disillusionment, and depression.
I can say from my personal experience of this that this is true. While I didn’t know what my life purpose was until well after I left the law, all I knew was that as my legal career was drawing closer to its end, I was becoming more and more restless and unhappy. My stress levels were increasing, my self-esteem was getting lower by the day, and I was beginning to hate my job. Looking back now, I see this was because my work as a lawyer was taking me further and further away from my life purpose, which is to inspire and encourage others.
Do you know what your life purpose is? If so, is your work drawing you away from your life purpose?
In the next episode of this podcast, I will talk about what it looks like to truly live out your life purpose, and how you can discover your life purpose, if you don’t already know what it is.
Until next time, have a great day and do what you love!