Lethal Life Calling
What is your calling in life? People talk about finding their lifeís calling and the perfect job. However, while finding a job youíre good at and suited for is important, it is a very small piece of the puzzle.
So many people are waiting for the perfect job, when maybe there is no such thing. People donít magically find meaningful work but they can find meaning in their work. As Viktor Frankl says in Manís Search for Meaning, ď Öeverything can be taken from us but one thing: the last of human freedoms ó to choose oneís attitude in any given set of circumstances ó to choose oneís own way.Ē Meaning and purpose on the job are internal motivators so the good news is you donít need to quit your job on Monday to find meaningful work. People now go through an average of ten jobs in a lifetime ó is every one going to be a lifeís calling? There is nothing wrong with dreaming of a better future as long as it doesnít foster resentment for your current work. Work with what you have because success is in the effort.
Success is in the Effort
When I was in university I worked as a bank teller. The job helped pay the bills but it was not my life calling. I knew I was meant to do something more important. In short, I didnít expect much from the job, and I didnít get much. A year later, I hadnít moved up at all and was still waiting for my life calling. I didnít realize that the job I had was an important step along the way. If meaningful work came naturally then it would be a given.
Most people who say their work lacks purpose or substance complain it is because of the job itself, the manager or the work environment. All of these factors are external elements and for the most part out of their immediate control. The solution to the problem lies in someone elseís hands. So the first step in finding meaning in work is to recognize that meaning comes from within. It is impossible to find true meaning and purpose from the environment around us. Instead we can foster meaning from recognizing our strengths and the contribution we make to the company and the community.
The following are powerful tools for tapping into the most important resource anyone has ó their own wisdom.
Work as a Reflection of Yourself
I often think people who have found their life calling are saying that their work is a reflection of themselves. It fits their idea of who they are, their values and how they see their future. In other words, it lines up with their vision of themselves.
We can all have this kind of vision. Here are some concrete ways to help make your work more of a reflection of yourself:
Put Forth Your Best
If you havenít found the perfect job or your calling in life, join the crowd. You can add meaning to your current job by recognizing itís a step along the way. Effort builds up meaning. Put forth your best and youíve already won.
Author of ďAll Work & No SAY," Jody Urquhart, www.idoinspire.com, speaks at meetings and conventions on How to Build a Passionate & Committed Workplace. To book Jody to speak at your next meeting email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.