Trying to figure out your calling?

 In career, day job to dream job, Find Your Passion

Do you sometimes feel that everyone else knows what their calling is?

Do you feel like you have been trying to figure it out for too long?

Do you just want things to fall into place already?

One of the things that I do in Dream Achiever Coaching is help people discover their unique mission or purpose in life.  I believe we all have a calling, even when we don’t recognize it.  In fact I wrote a whole book about discovering that calling and what to do when you find it.  Here is a link:  The Call:  Perfect Dream, Imperfect Life

I recently heard from a client who was worried that her responses to the clarity tool that I use prior to a coaching clarity call were too vague to be of use.  In actuality, reading her completed work told me loud and clear what she didn’t want to do any more (stay in her current work environment) and there were many clues to the direction that she did want to go in.  Sometimes it’s just too hard to see the forest for the trees, especially if you are lost in the woods…

Here are three steps to discovering your calling:

  1. Assess your talents, skills and personal characteristics. I know sometimes this feels like bragging but suspend judgement for a while and make a list.  Don’t have a clue what to put other than, “I like to help people”?  Ask your friends to tell you what they appreciate about you.  You may be truly amazed and touched at how you are impacting the lives of others. 
  2. Assess what you do currently that you are ready to leave behind. It’s just as important to know what you don’t want to do any more (even if you do it really well) as it is to know what you do want to do.  Again make a list and decide what is non-negotiable.
  3. Spend time in research and development. I know we are all part of the microwave generation and expect once we finally determine some possibilities, that the end product will appear fully formed.   Life and business don’t work that way.  Determining our calling is really more a journey than a destination.  Expect there to be opportunities for trial and error, research and development.  Think that you want to work for a non-profit and help the homeless?  Volunteer some time at a homeless shelter and see if it really is a good fit before you leave your day job.  Think you’d love to travel the country giving inspiring speeches to teenagers?  Book some local schools or church groups and see if it is truly a calling.  Find others who have followed a similar calling and interview them about their career or business.  Find out what are the pros and cons before you take the leap. 

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick BuechnerWishful Thinking: A Theological ABC

 

Ready to make a change in your life?

Want to discover your unique calling and reinvent your life?

Need a coach to help you moving forward?

Learn more here: Dream Achiever Coaching

Set up a free coaching clarity call:  https://calendly.com/dream-2

 

Amy Molley

Coaching provided insightful information and suggestions to achieve goals, dreams and/or business. It was empowering and encouraging.  I don’t think I could have started my business without the guidance!   ~ Amy Molley, http://www.sensiblesensoryspaces.com/

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