Do you struggle to know (and live) your purpose? Are you frustrated and unsure of what to do next? If so, you are not alone. In fact, there is a statistic that says 87% of employees are board at work, and 500,000 say they wish they had picked a different major. So what can we do in order to begin to live the life we always dreamed of living?
This past year I have thought a lot about my purpose and what I offer the world. I have felt that most of my life I have just coasted and never really embraced my calling. Not really knowing where to begin I simply began to research how to find your purpose, calling, and meaning.
I wish I could tell you that I found the perfect, works every time solution to discovering who God created you to be, but I can’t. Although I have a better understanding of what my life needs to be about now, I can’t say that the clouds opened up and I found the end of the rainbow.
What I did find was the ability to be ok with the journey I am on and enjoy myself along the way. Although it doesn’t necessarily give me a step by step career path, I learned that there are gifts inside of me that the world needs. I also learned that God is more about who I’m becoming than what I do for a living.
All these lessons that are frustrating to hear when you are desperately trying to discover your calling. But they are lessons that you need to take to heart and begin to embrace. In my journey, I read a ton in my attempts to find the proven path to living with purpose. Even though I didn’t find what I was looking for, I read some really great articles that I feel I need to be shared.
Here are 7 must-read posts on how to discover your calling:
- So You Have No Idea What Your “Calling” Is – Relevant Magazine
- What If You Don’t Know What to do With Your Life? – Storyline Blog
- 3 Big Myths About Your Calling – Relevant Magazine
- The Real Reason You Are Not Living Your Dream Life – Huffington Post
- A Stupid Lie I Believed When I Quit My Last Job – John Acuff
- How To Live Your Dream When You’re Scared To Death – Michael Hyatt
- 20 Ways To Find Your Calling – Forbes
Bonus: Here’s a podcast from Jeff Goins that is just splendid. Jeff writes a lot about finding your calling and what it looks like to do so. Take the time to check out his podcast on calling entitled, “The Seven Stages of Finding Your Calling”. You won’t regret it.
As you can see there are plenty of opinions on how to discover your calling and live your dreams. It’s a difficult task to try and discover, one that takes time and effort. No matter what, I encourage you to live each day as it is and not as you hoped it would be. Embrace it. Learn to live it and love it. Don’t allow yourself to get lost in the search for “what’s next”. Learn to love your life today.