They say that starting your own business can be one of the most spiritual journey’s you’ll ever take. I have to agree with them on this one. Before I became a career coach, I ran my own photography business. From my days of wielding a camera at weddings near and far to today having launched a full scale coaching service I recognize how the layers of my career path worked to reveal who I am today. It has been quite literally like a mirror showing me reflections of myself from then to now.
As with any path you walk down, sometimes you won’t like what you encounter. I had been stretched far and wide outside of my comfort zone as I learned to stare down the face of fear. I was excited at what I discovered about who I am and who I was becoming. I knew each day I got out of bed to face the day, I would never be the same by the time I went to bed at night. The quest to stay open to all that life and my career was teaching me and keeping a resilient willingness to step into roles I didn’t think I could fill oftentimes surprised me. And most of all, it was the people and tough situations that I have encountered in my career. Some of them triggered my insecurities, some made me want to pull my hair out, and some just plain made me want to walk away from it all. But each and every one of them has played a pivotal role to the successes and failures I’ve had to date. None of which I would trade for the world. This is what you encounter when you decide to Commit to Your Calling.
There is an overwhelming desire for each of us to feel connected to something greater than ourselves. Call it God. Call it a dream. Call it a calling. They are all one in the same. There is a unique aspect of yourself that is expressed whenever you become immersed in an activity where all time seems to stop and you find yourself laser focused with clarity and brilliant understanding.
There is also a unique aspect in each of us that is triggered and even stifled at the thought of rising beyond our inadequacies. Your callings are meant to both satisfy you and challenge you.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson
Start by asking yourself these questions:
- What do you want?
- How will you get there?
- How will you battle the challenges along the way?
Hearing that last question often creates pause when we stop to think about all of the challenges we will encounter while on the path towards our callings. Will there be challenges that make us want to cringe and go back to the old ways when things are uncomplicated? Yes. Does it take work to pursue your calling? Yes.
Will there be joy in waking up every morning? Yes. Will you feel rewarded by the sense of alignment and fulfillment you get from your work? Yes. Can you make a living and a life from pursuing your calling? A resounding, YES!
A calling remains a calling until it is answered. After that, it becomes your purpose.
This was first published on www.arianehunter.com.
Ariane is the career & business coach for career conscious women who want greater fulfillment and purpose within their career. She believes that self-awareness, mindset, passion, and purpose are the necessary ingredients to lasting success in one’s career and personal life. She writes regularly about career fulfillment and personal purpose over at www.arianehunter.com or sign up for her newsletter for weekly insight and inspiration on having a purpose driven career.
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