Greetings, my friend. Nice to be with you again, especially so since we spent the last week sweating out Hurricane Dorian. Thankfully it changed course and the winds here weren’t too bad.
If you were impacted by it (or may be), I pray for your safety and well-being and that of your loved ones and property.
Today I want to talk about your calling. Not the one that triggered your awakening, but the sense you have something to create, to do, to share with the world.
I refer to this calling as a mission, because it often comes out of nowhere with a flash of inspiration or by some invisible nudge (often the hand of fate) down a path to do something we just have to do.
If you’re like most of us, it isn’t the path through life you prepared for or are familiar with.
Rather, it’s often something new, challenging you to become more than you are to even have a hope of bringing it into reality. Whether that means mastering the skills and know-how it demands, or achieving the reach or impact you want, you will be forced to tap into a strength you didn’t know you had, and to ride the roller coaster of highs and lows to wherever it leads. As for expectations your calling will provide the means to magically transform your life into the dream you want to live, that’s another level of “success” altogether that will require even more of you.
As I’ve said many times your mission — the undertaking of your calling — is more a vehicle to bring the experiences needed for the next leg of your journey, than it is a panacea for your discontent with the life you’ve got. So pay attention to all it brings along the way.
Nevertheless, if you’re to do what it asks of you, you know you can’t do it staying just the way you are. You’ve got to change yourself into whatever is needed to do what you have to do, and find a way regardless of the hurdles or hardships life serves up along the way.
Find a way. That’s sort of become my motto over the years. It’s the advice I always gave my sons when they hit the wall and didn’t think they could succeed at whatever they were doing.
Like Yoda (in Star Wars) said, “Don’t try. Do.”
Start by getting clear on your vision, and the intentions you set in motion. While you may have altruistic intentions, be sure to consider what you want for yourself from this effort. Or from other sources, if the answer is nothing.
It won’t help much to sell your soul to give your gift to the world, only to see yourself hungry and broke because there was nothing in it for you. Then, to add insult to injury, to see your mission fall flat on its face because you didn’t have the means to keep going.
Try to understand each of the component steps involved in the process, and what it will take. For if one link in the chain fails, so does the calling. So don’t just focus on money, but also time and effort, as well as the skill and know-how to get ‘er done.
Whose skills? Whose know-how? Whose time? Whose effort? Whose money? If the answer to any or all of these is yours, are you prepared to give what it demands and do whatever it takes?
Don’t forget. Your calling doesn’t just impact you. It touches the lives of your family, your friends, your community and world.. All of which might be better served if you devote those resources to your family or other needs or paths. So make sure you’re investing only what you have to give, or know where to get it if you need it.
You have a choice. So make yours wisely.
Where are things flowing smoothly? Where are you experiencing resistance? What are the obstacles in your way? What are the possibilities you see? How will you select among them? What do you see coming down the road? Will you be ready when you get there? What are you missing?
Most importantly, what are you doing that maybe you shouldn’t be? Or not doing that you probably should?
Then of course there are the many outer world issues that need to be addressed. Like how will you fund it (or your life)? Or legal matters like contracts, forms of business and intellectual property. Or, God forbid, you have to learn how to start and run a business or non-profit — AND DON’T HAVE A CLUE!
These are just a few of the issues to work through to breathe life into your inspiration and give birth to your calling.
If you’re not sure how to take your next step, or are tired of beating your head against the wall doing the same old things without the results you want, just remember you don’t have to go it alone.
Then again, if failure and frustration are your friends, maybe you’re a glutton for punishment and want God to give you more. If that’s what you want, it’s okay with me.
But if you’re ready to try another way, I offer empowerment coaching and consultations to help you make the difference in your world. The first one’s F*R*E*E, so why not schedule yours today?