Do you feel like you are doing what you are meant to do, or do you get out of bed every morning wondering how you will do this job (or some version of it) for the next 10, 20, or 30+ years? I know there are many of you out there who wish for better.
Why do we do it to ourselves? Is it that we are so confused about what we really want to do that we just keep doing what is right in front of us because for now it pays the bills? Are we too afraid of making the leap to something better?
Maybe you have a childhood dream that is still inside you, or a wish to do something in particular that will improve the world. Maybe there’s a book inside that is waiting to be written or a hobby you would like to make into a business. My question is, what are you waiting for?
There are two paths: go after your calling, or don’t; look for it, or don’t; believe in something better, or don’t. Personally, life gets a whole lot more fun for me when I believe in the power of possibility and when I think that my wildest dreams have a chance of coming true.
But where should you start? Maybe you have no idea where to begin, or the very thought of going after your calling makes you feel selfish, guilty and terrified (that the mortgage won’t get paid, for example). Let me tell you what you probably already know, but have trouble believing: those are the opposite feelings that you should have. Here’s why:
- Living it is Giving. The world gets to see and receive your true gifts when you live your calling. You are no longer robbing the world of what you have to offer. How can you feel selfish and guilty when you are being so generous?
- Open the Flow. You can find countless stories of successful men and women that will tell you that when they decided to go with their flow – that is, align with their true calling- the world started to open up for them. They felt happier, more fulfilled, and started generating the abundance (financial and otherwise) that they had always dreamed of. There are a lot of reasons why this works, and it’s not all crystals and tarot cards. I’ll write more about it in another post.
So how do you make the leap from believing that this is true in theory, or that it’s true for other people, to knowing and seeing that it is true in your own life? Start to slowly imagine what your calling might look like. Begin by noticing what activities during your day light you up and which shut you down. When you feel that pit in your stomach at the beginning of your work day, try to understand what it is that it is telling you. The first step is to notice. Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. Put “Up” on one side and “Down” on the other. Write down all of the things you can in each category every day for a week and then spend some time looking at it. Do you notice any themes? Are there way more items in the “Down” category? What does a close, trusted friend notice about it after looking at your entries?
I will post more ideas and activities to get you started on this amazing journey! If you are looking for more support, I have just started a new group on Linked In dedicated to these ideas. You can find it here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Find-Your-Calling-4314465?gid=4314465&trk=hb_side_g
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