4 Steps to Finding Your Calling
Another year went by in a flash and I’m taking a moment reflecting on what can help me to slow down time, be very intentional in my planning and focus on my “calling”. The reality is that everybody has a “calling” and your job should be finding out what that “calling” is for your life. In Stanford’s graduation ceremony this year, Nike founder Phil Knight said something very profound to the young, excited new grads:
You see, when you find what you were meant to do, what gets your blood going and keeps you up at night thinking excitedly about…you will succeed. Money usually always follows passion because it doesn’t become “work” at that point and training yourself daily in your passion helps you be become “the expert”. A key to finding a calling that can become a career is following these important 4 steps:
Step One – Identify Your Core Competencies and Strengths
What is it that you know about and are good at? What is it that people are constantly complimenting you about? Make a list, if you need to organize your thoughts. For some ideas, consider your ability to achieve, adapt, analyze, arrange, communicate, compete, connect with people, develop, empathize, focus, learn, etc…Knowing your strengths will help you to understand how to pathway your career.
Step Two – Identify and List Your Interests and Passions
What is it that you love to do? What really gets you excited about life? What gets your blood boiling? Make a list of the things that you do in your free time, when nobody is watching, and consider whether or not there may be something deeper to that desire. Many times the things you love to do, correspond to the talents that you have, so look for connections between what your talented/strong at and how it corresponds to what you are passionate about.
Step Three – If Fear and Money Were Not A Factor What Would You Do?
Okay, here’s the tough part…taking fear out out of the equation. How do you do that? You need to face the fears and break them down in you mind. What is the worst that can happen if you pursue your “calling”? Is the consequence of inaction, better than the risk of trying? I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Step Four – Take Action and Get Busy!
Just sitting and dreaming does not make things happen. Take the first steps you need to move closer to your calling for 2015. The good news is that you have the Internet and so many ways to explore and learn about new things. Make this year the year you grow, learn and create!
If you love design, know that there is a home staging industry that would love to take that talent and help you do something GREAT with it! At the Home Staging Resource, we are focused on giving you the tools, strategies, forms and training that allows you to never reinvent the wheel and focus on what you’re great at…staging and design.
I just got this email from Pramiti of BlueGrape Staging who has just been nominated for the RESA Rising Star Finalist of 2015:
Pramiti just took the plunge and followed her calling LESS than a year ago by becoming a home stager! Don’t let another year go by to follow your calling.
XOXO – Happy Staging!
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