|Fulfillment@Work: YOUR CALLING
June 19, 2000
Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Your Calling
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Tip of the Week
4. We Recommend
by Joel Garfinkle, Founder, Dream Job Coaching
Vocation means to be called to something with an intensity that rules out mere chance. You may know your vocation at the age of three or you may not discover it until you are in the autumn of your life. It follows no particular time frame and, once it becomes known, seldom can be ignored.
Steven Spielberg was making home movies at a very early age. It has become his vocation and life's passion. Reverend Billy Graham's daughter didn't recognize she shared her father's calling for many years because she was largely outshone by her father and brother. Not until the frustrations of daily life as a busy wife and mother led her to seriously examine it, did she come to realize she too wanted to share the gospel.
You may recognize your vocation as a result of an activity you enjoy or it may take you by surprise. Inevitably, you must have time to daydream, time to explore new ideas for a vocation to make itself known.
If your current work encompasses the majority of your time, you have no time or energy left to devote to unseen opportunities. That work pulls you down its path and takes you away from the potential you might discover elsewhere. The security of doing what is familiar outweighs the risk of trying something new.
Answering your calling can be compared to channeling. You are listening to an inner voice that pulls you toward a new opportunity. When you take time to explore it, do you lose track of time? Have several hours passed by in a period you envisioned was only a few minutes? The joy and intensity you found fully captivated your thoughts and imagination.
Honoring this inner calling gives you a sense of calm and a sense of fulfillment. It is what you were meant to do. Imagine a life in which each day was lived to the fullest, filled with the activity you love. You can get there, one step at a time by honoring that quiet voice within you, by giving yourself the time to cultivate new skills and talents.
When your subconscious tells you to call or visit a friend, answer it. Allow that inner voice an opportunity to be heard. Regularly give yourself time to consider what your calling might be. The people you speak with and the activities you encounter may eventually lead you to that which fills you with true joy.
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Quotes of the Week
"While aimlessly waiting for their so-called "ship" to come in and change their life for the better, far too many people miss the boat that could actually carry them to a brighter future. They are often so afraid of testing new waters that they spend an entire lifetime waiting on the shore...Begin your journey now!"
~ Josh Hinds
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
~ Anais Nin
"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to; all they need is one reason why they can."
~ Willis Whitney
Tip of the Week
Make a list of things in your work that make you feel good and excite you. For example, do you enjoy: brainstorming ideas, giving presentations, training others and solving problems? How can you work more of those things into your job? Can you volunteer on a project or talk to your superior and ask to be given more of the work you enjoy? Be creative and expansive in your thinking. Come up with at least three ways you can use each enjoyable activity/skill in your work now.
20-Minute Retreats: Revive Your Spirit in Just Minutes a Day With Simple Self-Led Practices
by Rachel Harris (Henry Holt, 2000).
A variety of simple approaches to find time and create the right settings to fit meditation into your life. Harris recognizes that meditation does not have to be traditional centered prayer or chanting and suggests many ideas including dancing, writing and drawing.
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