Have you discovered your calling? Yeah. Your Calling. The reason you are alive. Your personal mission in life. If you do not have a clue what I am discussing, take a couple seconds to complete this quick quiz:
1. Are you doing precisely the kind of work that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning excited to begin a new day?
2. Does your work fulfill a need deep inside to express yourself, your talents, your values, your unique and precious gifts?
3. Does your work allow a balanced life – one that leaves time for family and friends, for physical activity or hobbies, for you?
4. Are you doing what you love?
If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, congratulations! There is a good chance that you’ve achieved what the Buddhist’s call “Right Livelihood.”
If you have not yet found the work you were meant to do, keep reading. You are about to find your true calling – and when you find that calling that is uniquely yours, your life will be transformed.
“The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy – not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy.”
Now ask yourself how you feel each day, as you get ready for work. It probably sounds something like this. Your alarm clock buzzes and you get up. You drag yourself out of bed, dreading yet another day at a job that is high on stress and short on gratification.
I guess what I am asking you is this: Are you happy working in a career that is fulfilling and enjoyable?
Because when you really love your work, you greet the day like this: You do not need an alarm because you cannot wait to get out of bed and dive into another workday where your work feels similar to play.
Maybe you think it is too late. Maybe you believe that you have somehow missed your calling and that you are not getting any younger.
However, this leads me to my next question. How do you find work? That will feed your soul? When you discover your calling, you may find your life taking you in unexpected directions.
You see, anyone can get a 9-to-5 J-O-B. A job is something that pays the bills but all too often fails to feed the spirit. In addition, when your spirit is starved for meaningful satisfying work, your happiness suffers.
Did you know that individuals who love what they do for a living actually live longer?
So here’s your million-dollar question: Do you believe you were put on this earth to sit in commuter traffic, to suffer through the performance evaluations and reorganizations, to have to answer to a boss that is well… you know…
Were you really created to spend your life having the Sunday night blues? On the other hand, do you believe, as I do, that you were put here to follow a calling that is uniquely yours?
If the idea of loving what you do appeals to you, the way I see it… here are your options: You can keep plodding along week after week hoping that inspiration will somehow, someway suddenly strike and – in a flash – your true calling will be revealed. You are able to make a promise to yourself right here, right now to take the first bold step on behalf of your dreams.