Finding Your Calling – 5 Tips
Trick question – “Want to be happier?”
Of course you don’t …
We’ve all heard that old adage
“If you truly enjoy what you do, then you will never work a day in your life.”
You know the one, right? How many of us can truly say hand on heart that it’s totally true.
I count myself as incredibly fortunate to be able to say I do, love what I do. The mama’s I work with are inspiring and get to make a difference to the lives of the people I work with – heaven!
But, I still have my off days – like when I’m fighting with Facebook to get an ad I’m running approved because they have changed their guidelines – again! And, it wasn’t always like this for me. I did my stint climbing the corporate ladder and swapping time for money.
Until I found my calling – digi-mama!
So, wouldn’t finding yours make for a great existence? Maybe you already have…
The challenge I see time and time again, is that many of women don’t know what they want. Sure, they know what they don’t want and can tell me exactly that. But are stumped when I ask them what they do want.
I ask them to design their perfect day … I ask what would make them happy!
When was the last time you sat and gave some thought to what your perfect day would looks like and what would make you happy.
When you figure this out, you’re some way to figuring out what your calling is.
Without knowing who we really are, we’ll never reach a point where everything comes together and we create a strong mission statement and focus in life.
Find what you love and you will emit confidence, charisma, charm and passion. But how on Earth do you go about finding that thing?
Compare Things You Love
One good place to start is by looking at some of the things that you love doing and that inspire you.
What are your favourite hobbies? What is the happiest you’ve ever been at work? What was your favourite job role so far? Who are your idols? What did you want to be when you were younger? What are you great at?
Write all these things down and then make some kind of Venn diagram. What you’re going to try and do now is see where those things overlap and interject. What does your childhood hero have in common with your happiest day at work? What are the common themes?
Try Lots of Things
If you create this Venn diagram and still have no idea what you want to do, then you just need to throw more things at the wall and see what sticks. In other words, the more experiences you have, the better your chances of finding what will make you truly happy.
Think in the Now
Another tip is to think in the now. Stop worrying about what will provide you with the best future or what has the most career opportunities. Instead ask yourself: what would you love to be doing right now.
Try a few thought experiments to try and uncover the things that truly matter to you.
For instance, ask: if you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Or how about imagining what your eulogy would sound like at your own funeral – what would you want people to say about you?
Don’t Give Up
And finally, keep trying! As you get older you will get more and more of an idea as to who you are, what makes you happy and where you thrive best.
Look at the rest as a journey to that destination.