If you are anything like me, there is that one thing you believe you were meant to do with your life on which everything else springs from and build on. We can call this a God-led career path.

Having such illumination brings clarity on what your purpose is, plus it helps you understand what you are meant to do with your life and how you are meant to serve. And I just want to say that nothing feels as liberating as having clarity about the direction and meaning of your life.

You have to unveil the real motivation behind every path or course you yearn after that is rivalling your original God-led career path.

However, the world is not free of distractions and messages trying so hard to feed us with countless stuff that will get our attention away from our original course.

Here’s a scenario too familiar, I’ll use myself as a lab rat.

I believe so much that I was born to be a writer or that my best way of expressing myself and showing up for my world is through writing. This awareness makes me excited in the moments when someone tells me something I wrote had a positive effect on them.

But all of that excitement wanes when I see diverse adverts trying to sell other career possibilities to me. If it’s not data science today, it’s fin-tech tomorrow, marketing or something else the next day.

I mean some taglines make you want to question if you are doing a smart thing staying on course and those taglines can look like, “work where the money is, under 30 and making it big in tech, someone just became a billionaire, etc.”

For a moment there, you question if you are sure you are on the right course.

For me, I ask myself if there is something better I’ll rather be doing. And it gets crazier when I start to resent my fortune as a writer. The narrative I preach to myself is that I’m too smart to be earning this little, I can easily switch to another sector and join the league of big earners.

For you, it may not be money related but I’m sure you also struggle with this spiralling thought that creates the illusion that you made a mistake with your career choice and need to switch to something trendy. I just want to assure you that you are not alone in this.

Yet, if we don’t work around finding a tangible reason to stay on God’s original course for our careers and lives, we would drift and it’s only a matter of time listening to those overwhelming messages before we run off to chase something new.

Unfortunately, just like people who cheat in their relationships, a new adventure would soon wane when it is built on vanity metrics.

What can you do?

There is one way I am learning to get myself back on track to my God-led career path. I start by questioning my motive for choosing this path.

Why did I choose this path in the first place?

My heart always tells me the truth when I am careful enough to ask for clarity. When I find myself trying to wreck my dreams and ditch my first-love career, I retreat into the inner chambers of my heart and ask myself why I chose writing in the first place.

The answer I get is usually a satisfying one. But as satisfying as it is, it doesn’t stop my mind from wanting more, so I ask myself the next question.

Why do you think you’ll succeed in something else more than in what you currently do?

When I ask this question, I see all the vanities pushing me towards this lucrative path come up. Digging deeper, I discover that I’m merely after the destination effect that this new course offers and not truly interested in being a useful contributor.

What am I driving at?

It’s important to question your motives and motivation for every career choice. If there is a real drive and personal vision behind your choices then you have nothing to worry about.

But if it’s not dictated by a real need or vision, you’ll drift and the emotion of chasing new things will soon wane leaving you feeling lost and wasted. You should really avoid that and ask the tough questions before you even start.

Those questions will help you define your goals and expectations, manage your timeline and plan effectively to achieve them.

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  1. 'Dinma 05.08.21 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    ‘Instead of running off to chase something new, we can learn to do things better where we are’. This totally stood out for me.

    And yes, you are one fine writer ♥️. Thanks for blessing us with your ‘pen’

  2. Chioma Jeremiah 05.08.21 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Reading this was like I was having one of those discussions I always have with that voice in my head😬.

    I can’t count how many times I’ve questioned my decision to go this writing path.
    The other day my mum said, “Hmm, Chioma I hope you just know what you’re doing?!”
    I only smiled but my brain went into overdrive again 😂.

    I get this- the God driven career path. Remove God and nothing makes sense.
    Leave God in and there’s a lot of restriction, a constraint.

    I’ll get better and stronger doing what I love and value. I choose purpose all over again today!🥳

    Thank you for this beautiful timely post, Esther.

  3. Onome Erikewe 05.08.21 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I love this piece, Esther. Thank you for being transparent and sharing your experience on chasing after “vanity metrics”.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  4. Stella Maris Iwuajoku 05.08.21 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    You are an incredible writer ✌ No doubt. 🤗🤗 People will always have different ideas of the path they think will be best for us, but deep down, Our heart will tell is the truth if we’re willing to listen.

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