Are you in a job, a career, or a vocation…the question really is whether you have found your calling??
I have a great job that provides a comfortable life for my family and I. I get to help people every day, both virtually and in person. However, I’m currently faced with an opportunity. I may or may not get it, but it does open up possibilities for my career.
Notice I used “career”. I am not in just an old J-O-B, but I’m not sure whether I’m in my vocation, my life’s calling. I do still ask myself whether I’m making the best use of my talents and letting my passions intersect at work. I ask myself if I’m on the right track or if my upcoming decision will be the right on for me, for my family, or my service to others.
I know I’m not alone in these thoughts, and you may be one of those that feel this way. You feel the burning talent in your belly; have dreams to create/deliver the best of yourself to this world. You may already be hustling to make it happen, or still waiting for the opportunity.
The Art of Work
So whether you are a desk jockey, an entrepreneur, or just sitting on the sidelines than you need to check out Jeff Goins new book called The Art of Work. Jeff shares an empowering message about finding your calling no matter where you are in your journey, and reveals steps toward doing the work you were designed to do.
I have been reading Jeff’s blog for a number of years and took advantage of an early offer to snag the book. But it is not too late to grab a copy.
Take a minute to look through the book by clicking here.
If you order the book now, you can also get $250 worth of free bonus material, including exclusive access to Jeff himself, a workbook, extra video features, all kinds of good stuff.
I’m a constant learner and love reading books, magazines, blogs, etc. As you probably know, there are tons of books about finding fulfilling work (Let me know in the comments which ones you have read, and if they were helpful). The thing I love about Jeff’s book is that he doesn’t preach down at you, but rather shares stories of real people who have found their calling in all sorts of fields. This lets you connect the little details that helped these folks find their calling, which in turn can help you find yours.
So what Is a “Calling”?
Think purpose, not necessarily passion. Jeff reveals it’s the evolution of understanding of what you are here to do. Passion changes as we learn and grow. Rather our purpose is the kind of impact we are going to make in this life.
Jeff shares one of the biggest takeaways of the interview for the book was how people’s past set them up for what was to come. It is life’s apprenticeship getting you ready for what comes next. This is “listening to your life.” Your passions, your successes, your failures, the opportunities are there to help you figure out your larger purpose in life. Your past will fuel your future.
Find your story of community
The idea of a self-made man or woman, Jeff says, is simply not true.
“I think every story of success is really a story of community.”
In the writing of The Art of Work, Jeff saw time and again people with a strong sense of purpose discovered it by helping others.
Take the first step today
As the saying goes, there is more than one way to the top of the mountain…some paths are just easier than others. The same goes for your calling and finding your purpose. Yeah, it would be awesome to find the easy path, but sometimes we have some vertical walls to climb to reach the summit or scramble over some scree.
Just like climbing a mountain, finding your calling takes practice. You will spend a lot of time learning as you go, because we all have unique callings.
Firstly, Jeff tells you to assess where you currently are. You haven’t wasted time even if your current situation isn’t ideal. Remember, you have been practicing so use the knowledge/experience gained to your advantage.
This is the first part of listening to your life.
Next, Jeff says, you need to take steps forward. Action will clarify your calling. You can’t just wait to know what to do, you start moving forward and the path will reveal itself. Jeff says he was surprised to find that most of the people he interviewed who are doing meaningful, remarkable work never saw it coming.
“I would ask if they knew they wanted to do “this” when they were a kid. They all answered, “No, I didn’t. I had no idea.” But now that they are here, they can look back and understand all of it makes sense, as it was all preparing them for what they are doing.”
Your action items
Reflect on the things you love doing and are good at doing. Ask others for the impressions of what you are good at. Identify people who are already doing the work you admire. Get to know them whether that is taking them out to coffee or connecting virtually to learn how they got to where they currently are. You will need to be both purposeful and flexible with the things life throws at you. Jeff advises you to be intentional to make the most of what is happening to you right now…these are life’s clues for you.
Get ready to pivot
Are you ready for the next phase of your life? Finding your calling often means a pivot, or a turn of direction. Jeff explains, it might mean a pivot in your external circumstances like changing the job you hate for one you love, or to take your career in an entirely different direction.
Don’t rush it because some pivots takes years. This doesn’t mean you should skip the internal pivot: learning to orient yourself in your work toward a greater good of serving other people. The internal pivot is the first step towards becoming attuned to what your calling is.
“You do have control. You have some control over your situation right now. So as you get an idea of what you might want to do try, use your current situation to practice for what’s to come. I don’t think you will regret it.”
Visit The Art of Work to learn more about Jeff’s book. And remember, if you order it now, you will get a bunch of bonuses including a freebie from Jeff himself that deals with these mindset shifts we talked about here.
Find your calling!
p.s. Please do me a favor and share this with one person who you know is struggling with finding their calling. TIA…as the cool kids say…