Or are you still dating around, trying to find “the one”?
That is, the one job, the one profession, the one business that you can pour your heart and soul into.
The one thing that you are recognized for by others.
The one thing that you are rewarded for with great pay.
The one thing that you know fulills a greater purpose for your life.
How I know You Want This
How do I know that this is what you are looking for?
Because you’ve told me – over and over.
I’ve just finished a series of coaching calls with readers and in just about every session the idea of being married to work came up – in one call, even in those exact words.
Whether you are
- a financial services provider trying to fill his practice,
- a businessman launching an online photography site as a side hustle,
- a sales systems specialist starting to land her own freelance gigs,
- a TV writer starting training courses for other storytellers,
- a New York AdMan making films on the side,
- a CEO outsourcing himself for a season to learn and incorporate mandarin into his life and work,
- a college student looking to land a job at Google,
- a non-profit executive looking to take her career and her business to the next level,
- a medical researcher making money online to afford himself a mobile lifestyle,
you’re in pursuit of work that lights you up.
And frankly, it inspires me.
Being married to work = Living out your calling
I can hear this objection ringing in my head:
But I don’t want to be married to my work, I want to be married to my spouse.
I can also see associations of a workaholic being “married” to her work in such a way that it destroys the other relationships in her life.
That’s not what this is about.
Really, this is about is your desire to trade in a “career” for your calling.
This is about the business of you finding out what you were meant to do here on this planet and living that purpose out.
It’s about finding your entrepreneurial calling.
How do I start?
You’ll find this entrepreneurial calling at the intersection of your passions, the people you serve best, and your profitable offering.
But how do you start your search?
Start with your heart. It’s easy to get stuck in your head trying to “figure out” what direction your life should take. Calling, though, begins in the heart. Take a quiet moment to reflect on what causes you care for deeply and what pursuits ingnite passion within you.
Start where you are. It’s glamorous to think of calling as a single “aha” moment in which you quit everything else, start doing work you love, and then live happily ever after. More than likely, though, it will be a process of experimentation. And while calling begins in the heart, it’s lived out with skillful hands .
Use your current role to develop your skillset. The more skills you posses, the more valuable you become, and therefore the more leverage you have to trade that value for work that you’re called to.
Be excellent where you are. There’s no leverage quite like excellence.
Start small. Calling is a big deal. It’s about fulfilling your purpose. That said, it’s a long journey that is meant to be enjoyed – one step at a time.
Instead of leaping into dramatic action, commit to one small step that is concrete. Take one action today to incorporate one meaningful activity into the work that you do.
Tomorrow you can incoroporate another. But worry about that tomorrow .
What do you think? Have I got it right? Do you want to be married to your work? Are you looking for a calling?
Let us know in the comments.