Finding Your Passion and Your Calling

Here are some quick questions you can ask yourself to help you discover your passion and calling:

1. What have you loved since childhood?

People always told me that I had an inexhaustible desire to learn and share my discoveries as a little girl. I was the kid who read encyclopedias! Sharing good information is still my passion, and I’m still learning every day. Only now, instead of being a girl with an insatiable desire to inform others on the school bus or in my living room, I’m able to share what I’m learning here. What things have you loved since childhood that give you a clue to what makes you come alive?

2. What tugs at your heart?

What problem cries out for you to fix? I’m passionate about helping women see their God-given potential and abilities. I like to say, “If it tugs at your heart, it’s the place to start.” Ask yourself “What issue tugs at your heart?”

3. What would you do for free?

I often joke that if we won the lottery and never had to work again, I’d still be yelling at people, “Go! Find your God-given destiny!” I would still wake every day and want to help women reach their potential. What is something that you love so much that you would do for free?

4. What energizes you?

Look around at everything you do — relationships, work, volunteering, being a great neighbor. Ask yourself, “What energizes me?” A woman I met at a conference who once told me she was only good at bossing people around. She said, “I’m not just good at it; it energizes me.” Once a driven business executive, turned stay at home mom, she found life as an empty nester boring. She was floundering with her new life. I suggested that she could become a small business consultant, since she had the credentials for it. She emailed me several months later and told me she was “killing it” as a consultant helping others.

5. What is something everyone says you’re good at?

Sometimes, you can’t see your own gifts, but everyone else can. My friend Rachel is amazing. She is great at always looking put together. Her clothing, her house, pretty much everything about her is so organized and beautiful. She rolled her eyes when I suggested that might be her “thing.” But now she volunteers at a shelter, helping battered women re-enter the workforce by helping “style” them for their interviews. What are things in your life that people tell you you are good at that you have tended to overlook because they come so easy?

These questions are about so much more than finding a career. In my case, my passion became my career; but we are not limited to that. Our gifts are about more than what we do for a living! You don’t need a job to fulfill your purpose.

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