“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up … because they’re looking for ideas.” – comedian Paula Poundstone
Are you one of the lucky ones who knew, at an early age, exactly what you wanted to do when you grew up? Or, are you still trying to figure it out?
If you’re confused about what you want to do with you “one, wild and precious life” (thanks Mary Oliver); my upcoming SerenDestiny® book offers “10 Questions to Kick-Start Your Calling.”
Asking yourself these questions can move you closer to finding the sublime clarity that results from knowing what you’re put here to do.
When this “Oohh, that’s why I’m here” piece falls into place in the puzzle of your life, a light-bulb in your head and heart goes on and you feel a catalyzing sense of direction and purpose.
Here are a couple sample questions from Chapter 2 from my upcoming SerenDestiny® book.
Take a few minutes to mull them over. Better yet, discuss these questions with a friend over lunch. Who knows, they may crystallize your calling and catalyze a mission that gives your life meaning.
2 SerenDestiny® Questions to Kick-Start Your Calling
Kick-Start my Calling #1. When am I “in the groove?” What comes easily and naturally to me?
What do you do well, almost without thinking about it?
That’s your groove – and your groove is your gift.
Your happiness in life is in direct proportion to the degree with which you wrap your life around your gifts. Because they were given to you – so you could gift them back to the world.
Yet many people take their groove for granted.
Musician Jay-Z says, “Don’t get in the way of the groove.” Yet many people do just that.
They assume that anything that comes easily to them must come easily to others.
As a result, they devalue their groove and dismiss it as a career option. They conclude, “I couldn’t make a living from that. It’s too much fun.”
The opposite is true. Almost by definition, what comes easily to you does NOT come easily to others. Your calling could be to TEACH that to others or to DO that for others.
Furthermore, having fun is not a reason to dismiss something as a career option … it is a reason to look more closely at how you can turn that into a profession where you get paid to do what you love most and do best.
Kick-Start My Calling #2. What do I care about and enjoy doing – even if it’s not noble?
Dan Pink, author of Drive, says, “If you ask people, ‘What is your passion?’ they often freeze. They feel as if they have to give an amazing answer, like ‘feed the orphans of the world’ or ‘write a novel that changes the landscape of literature.’”
Agreed. Many people apologize for their passion. Like Dan says, they think it has to be legitimate and “respectable” in the eyes of others.
They worry, “What will people think if they found out my passion is fixing cars or fixing hair?”
Passions are personal. They are what you feel called to do – even if they don’t make sense to the people around you.
So, how did you answer those questions?
I’d love to hear what insights they triggered for you.
Would you like more of these “How can I kick-start my calling?” questions?
Subscribe to this blog (and share it with colleagues.) I’ll be featuring other thought-provoking questions that might help the light-bulb go off in your head and heart, including:
* “What used to fill you with joy, but you abandoned it because you got busy; moved on to other interests; or someone told you, “You’ll never be able to earn a living doing that?”
* What is a problem you see in your neighborhood, community or industry – something that’s not the way it could or should be – and you think, ‘Somebody should do something about that?”