In the quest for deeper meaning and purpose, there comes a moment when you must go from doing your work because it’s what “what you do” to doing your work because it’s a part of who you are.
Steven Pressfield talks about this moment as “turning pro.”
Seth Godin talks about it as “choosing yourself.”
It’s when you go from writing here and there to being a writer.
When you go from taking pictures to being a photographer.
When you go from playing with code to being a developer.
When you go from being artsy to being an artist.
When you go from helping others train to begin a trainer.
When you go from working as a nanny to being an early childhood development specialist.
When you go from volunteering at your church to being a pastor.
From the outside, these are all subtle changes— maybe even imperceptible.
You’re still doing the same work. You’re not receiving any kind of clear outward recognition.
It’s an internal switch. It’s a choice to put on a new identity that is deeply connected to who you are. It’s the choice to let yourself be something that you’ve felt yourself longing to become. It’s allowing yourself to be identified as having a particular work in the world.