This is the question you need to ask yourself unless you want to settle for “just a job”.
The soul searching process that leads you to your calling requires you to commit to three disciplines that work together — Reflection, Research and Resolve which are all often overlooked in traditional job searches. If you are looking for work now or contemplating a career change in the future these practices can bring you closer to work you love.
Reflection – Some answers to finding your dream job may be found by reflecting on what has worked and what has not worked for you in the past. Others insights can come from meditation, your imagination or from those “aha” moments that seem to come out of nothing when you are doing something unrelated like sitting on the beach, playing with your dog, shopping or doing yard work. Creating space for reflection is critical because the biggest obstacle we face in finding a purpose is our society’s addiction to being busy. Part of the practice of reflection is to create guilt free time to do nothing- which is easier said than done!
Research – Before you can choose the absolute best use of your passions and purpose for the future, you have to research and explore the possibilities in a way that works for you. If you like bookstores or libraries, put aside time to wander and take notes on ideas through books and periodicals. If you like TV, put aside time to channel-surf and stop to take notes on shows that pique your interest. If you are addicted to the internet, browse to your heart’s content and bookmark sites that interest you. If you like shopping or traveling plan an excursion and take notes about things you see that intrigue you. If you prefer meeting people one on one, organize some meetings with people that are doing work you find interesting to hear how they did it. If more than one of these ideas appeal to you, do several.
Resolve – Before you can create your best future, you have to commit and believe in the process which is an act of faith. Whether you do this by yourself or with the help of a program or facilitator, you have to believe that finding your soul work or calling is possible. The journey itself can be filled with obstacles or doubts so making up your mind to complete it, no matter how long it takes, are essential. Everyone I know or I have read about who has found, followed, and manifested a calling has one thing in common: They did not give up!
As you move forward on finding your true north you will have to revisit all three practices to keep you moving ahead.
CEO and Founder, Bright Livelihoods