Fulfilment isn’t something we can think or “do” our way into – it’s an evolving, embodied experience that ebbs and flows. We experience it in our bodies, in how we feel and how we interact with the world around us.
We cultivate it over time, through our intentions and the choices that we make.
We can let ourselves be carried along by life itself and cross our fingers that we can experience joy and purpose from the circumstances that come our way …or we can tune in to our own inner compass and navigate ourselves towards a path that holds more of a sense of fulfilment for us on our own terms.
It involves taking a sense of ownership over our own direction – stepping inside ourselves and our inner wants and needs, so that we can step up to our bigger dreams.
- It will change over time
I know from my personal experience, the experiences and environments that I’ve previously thrived in and have filled my thirst for excitement and high pressure and high stakes are no longer what I find fills me up – and that’s ok. Fulfilment isn’t something we achieve and tick off our to-do list – it’s always evolving and always growing.
2. It’s normal to not always feel fulfilled
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that we need to do things that are boring and unfulfilling in order to create the bigger picture. A bit like going on holiday – I hate packing and airport queues but it’s an unavoidable part of experiencing the joy of travel, so I can accept that. It’s the same with work, creative projects and pretty much everything in life.
3. It’s almost impossible to feel fulfilled if you are exhausted and burnout
Our nervous systems go into survival mode, meaning that we simply don’t have the resources to experience joy and fulfilment when we aren’t meeting our basic needs. If this is you – focus on the basics like sleep, rest and nourishing yourself and get some support.
4. It doesn’t have to be something big
Often fulfilment can be perceived in relation to very obvious factors – such as success, money, or a career in a leadership role or a helping profession – but true fulfilment isn’t always about the bigger things. It can be as simple as creating the time to do something you love in your week – such as writing, taking part in a team sport, or having a yoga practice. Or maybe it’s being able to collect your kids from school everyday.
I approach fulfilment as an embodied practice that relates not only to our work and careers, but also serves as a guide, a sense of our “true north” and a way of living intentionally in line with our own values.
What does fulfilment mean to you? Let me know below, or click here to discover how I can help you find more fulfilment in your life and your work.