This quote is still rumbling around in my head…“When we are no longer able to change a situation… we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.
I referenced that quote in my last post about developing resilience in a time of ambiguous loss. Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, certainly spoke with authority about ambiguous loss. I think he was suggesting that there are moments in our lives when we must evolve. And by evolve, I mean reconsider our lives down to our foundation and reshape ourselves for the future.
If you are in that process of personal evolution, I hope you will consider more than simply changing your job or even your career. I hope you’ll see your evolution at a deeper level than moving your home and certainly more than changing your look. And I hope you’ll not stop at just reexamining your belief system.
I hope you’ll reconsider your calling. I think you need to start there.
Why are you here? What is it that gives your life meaning? What generates your sense of purpose? What voice nags at you to contribute to humanity or the world? These are essential questions here at the two-year mark of this pandemic…this season of ambiguous loss. But as you pause and re-think deeply about your calling, please be careful to avoid certain myths that might hinder your evolution of purpose.
I have coached hundreds of people over the last several years, from NFL players to CEOs to retirees to fraternity undergrads to soccer moms, and these five myths continue to pop up frequently.
Five myths you might believe about your calling:
Myth one: My calling and career must be identical.
Myth two: My calling is ultimately about my fulfillment and happiness.
Myth three: When I discover my calling, I will have arrived.
Myth four: I’m too old to find my calling.
Myth five: My calling is all about me at my best.
Over the next few weeks in my weekly posts, I will explore these myths one at a time.
So, stay tuned.
I want to clear the way for your evolution into that new person you long to be.
Oh, and something for you to consider. On Saturday, March 26th from 9:00 – Noon I will be conducting a live, in-person Destiny Workshop in my office’s conference room here in Central Indiana. In those three hours together, I will be exploring each of those myths and help participants pinpoint a personal calling that makes sense for them.
Join me! Here’s a link for you to register.